Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones is an adult horror revenge thriller. Holy elk batman...this is the ultimate revenge story and I can't get enough of it! I was NOT ready! Stephen Graham Jones has crafted a masterpiece story that is raw, powerful, intimate, and wonderful all at once. It took my breath away. This unique story is not only beautifully written, it is full of diverse, complex, interesting characters. The Only Good Indians follows four young Indigenous men, Lewis, Cassidy, Ricky, and Gabe who find themselves fighting for their lives against an entity who wants revenge after an event that occurred ten years earlier. I felt such an affinity with each of the protagonists. I was fully invested in their lives and my heart broke as events unfolded for them. The story is told from each man's point of view and it's a bit confusing at first, but the world building in this novel is incredibly detailed and gritty. We get glimpses of contemporary Indigenous life...the good and the bad. Trigger warning, there are several instances of animal cruelty and violence. In The Only Good Indians we see the hunter become the prey and are reminded that we cannot run away from ourselves or our actions.
If you are a fan of speculative fiction, revenge tales, brotherhood, contemporary Indigenous life, and unexpected horror, then go read this book! This gem published by Gallery | Saga Press is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give The Only Good Indians 4 out of 5 gems. Happy Reading!