When the Whole World Hurts, You Bite It:A Review of The Only Good Indians

52180399Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

This book shocked me with how good it was.

Let me start over.

I’ve never read a Stephen Graham Jones book before, so when digging through his other works, I was hit with the, oh he wrote THAT one?! feeling. And I mean that in an excellent way! So many were ones that I’d meant to read, but kept pushing to the wayside because oh look shiny new books.

But I digress.

I’m glad this was my first of his books! Initially, when we start the story, we witness a murder that’s already got these undertones of pure dread. And it’s gnarly. Then we meet Lewis, and we stay with him the longest of the four friends. We want to root for him, we want him to have the happy life with his wife and dog.

Lewis is our link to what actually happened on a hunting trip ten years prior. And it’s one of those spooky oh-you-really-screwed-up stories. And as he tells it, we get more dread and more creepy feelings. It’s so good.

Then the script is flipped. We’re dealing with a twisted revenge story, and we both love our four main guys, and we also dislike em a bit. It’s like my emotions were completely screwed with and I still loved it.

I will say, the beginning of Lewis’ story drug a bit for me. I felt like I was plodding along, but around the 25% mark I was like, wait, hold up, this was a big clue. And I LOVE when stories do that.

I also love that this is an ownvoices horror story that blends social commentary with horror. Like there’s the horror of being stalked by a creature hellbent on revenge, but the horror of what Blackfeet and other tribes have to deal with on a regular basis.

Overall a wonderfully creepy story, I give The Only Good Indians 4 out of 5 basketballs. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Gallery/Saga Press for providing a copy in exchange for review.

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