Readers' Comments for Ordinary Grace
In January, readers in our Sneak Peek: An Early Look at an Upcoming Book feature won copies of ORDINARY GRACE, a stand-alone novel from William Kent Krueger, best known for his Cork O'Connor mysteries. We gave the readers a series of questions to gauge their reactions to the book, and here we share some of their comments (which are all raves!) to give you insight into the story.
Kim from Frisco, Texas
ORDINARY GRACE is anything but ordinary; an absolutely beautiful book! The plot is suspenseful, yet so touching, and the setting and characters are so vivid that I will feel their impact for some time. It’s beautiful, thought-provoking and engrossing.
Coral from Omak, Washington
It is written by one of my favorite authors. This is a different topic than the others, but a very good easy reading mystery. It’s inspirational, mystery and unforgettable.
Shirley from Hagerstown, MD
ORDINARY GRACE is a coming-of-age story told with passion, grace, intellect, and spirituality. It is a picture of life in a small town in the sixties. It is a story about PKs (preacher’s kids). It is a murder mystery. It is all these things wrapped up in a well written novel. It is one of a handful of novels that I read for the story and the way the words are put on the page. The descriptions of small-town life reminded me of things I did growing up. ORDINARY GRACE made me nostalgic for those times, but, the book showed the not-so-nice side of those times (i.e. the good old days were sometimes not so good). I would describe it as sad, spiritual, and satisfying.
Lucy from Pottsville, PA
ORDINARY GRACE is a book that is difficult to put down. The characters are extremely realistic. It evokes a gamut of emotions in the reader. I laughed at parts and wanted to cry at others.
Lora from KY
A definite book club choice! It is a story of growing up, living, dying, lying, secrets, and lots of grace.
Rosann from Forest Lake, MN
This book brings back memories of growing up in MN. I know people who lived just like this. It’s an inspiring read!
Nancy from WI
This is a family in crisis told by the 13-year-old son, Frank, which takes place in a rural Minnesota town in 1961. It is a tender, moving mystery story. The father is a Methodist minister, religion plays a part in the story and yet I would not classify this as a religious book.
David from Napa, CA
A sad, but hopeful coming-of-age story mixed with a bit of mystery. In which the protagonist learns about life, death, betrayal, loss, and the acceptance of grace in one's life.
Nedra from Fort Smith, AK
I am definitely recommending this book to my friends.
Matt from Opelika, AL
On the surface ORDINARY GRACE is a mystery, but it is really so much more than that. It is a study of a family losing a child. It is also an inspirational coming-of-age story.
Linda from Auburn, AL
Ordinary Grace is the moving account of an eventful summer in a small Minnesota town, as told by the 13-year-old son of the family central to the plot. The story has a satisfying resolution.
James from Boston, MA
ORDINARY GRACE is the satisfying, compelling story of a boy's coming-of-age in Minnesota in summer 1961.Tragedy strikes and the boy finds himself thrown headlong into a very adult world he's not quite ready for.
Dave from Newark, DE
The book depicts the impact the death of a loved one would have on one’s life. It also nicely describes insights into feelings that one has for loved ones. There are several twists and turns in the plot that capture your interest. Towards the end of the book, I felt peace for the characters.
Sallie from Folsom, PA
This novel reminded me of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in some ways. A young boy growing up in a small town in a close knit family who faces heartbreak. I was sorry that the book ended. The author dealt with the subject matter sympathetically and non-violently.
Ronnie from Mechanicsville, VA
ORDINARY GRACE is about a family who has to deal with sorrow. The book is all about how they deal with that. At the end of the book, I felt happy, peaceful and fulfilled.
Carol from Des Moines, IA
ORDINARY GRACE returned me to my childhood in a small town. I was amazed that the author so clearly spoke of the thoughts and feelings that many children have when confronted by ugliness.
Rena from New York City, NY
William Kent Krueger conveys habitual hypocrisies, cruelties, and the resulting shame with deceptively easy writing style and realistic voice. This was a poignant and tender read.
Tanya from GA
The book is about the murder of a young woman and how it affects her family and the town they live in. Faith in God plays a central part in the book as well. It was a satisfying read.
Cheryle from Billings, MT
ORDINARY GRACE is without a doubt the best book I have read in a very long time. Not only did this book make me feel comfortable, but it also made me uncomfortable. What a combination!!
Bill from Seaville, NJ
The book is about a young boy named Frank growing up in Minnesota. A good read about a boy coming-of-age with a few kept secrets along the way. This book is heartwarming, humanizing, and humbling.
Ray from Long Island, NY
Loss of innocence meets small town America. Reminiscent of both David Guterson’s SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS and Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Stirs emotions of nostalgia, mourning and hope.
Joe from CA
A richly satisfied, nostalgic, and insightful written tale about a man looking back on his childhood during a summer when he faces more questions about life than answers.
Ashley from Indianapolis, IN
This book had me hooked from the very first chapter. I hated to see this book end, I loved it so much. It made me feel sad, thoughtful, and shocked.
Sherri from Redwood Falls, MN
I have read all of William Kent Krueger’s other books. This is one of his best. It is a great stand alone and he has set the bar even higher for his next book. ORDINARY GRACE has so many layers.
Jerry from Pine Bluff, AK
This book is full of faith, inspiration, suspense and forgiveness. It is a very heartwarming story.
Scott from Wellston, OH
This book was really intriguing and makes you think. I felt sad and hopeful upon finishing it.
Renee from Nashville, TN
A delightful coming-of-age mystery that will keep you intrigued till the very end.
Jerry from Vancouver, WA
This is a story of how a series of deaths affect a young boy and his family and how that boy tries to understand the consequences of those deaths and come to terms with them.
Laura from AL
ORDINARY GRACE describes small town family life with mysteries. I felt reflective and inspired when I finished this book.
Jiffy from Tucson, AZ
A small-town preacher's family has to deal with death and how to overcome loss.
Amy from Grove City, OH
ORDINARY GRACE is a melancholy story of a young boy growing up in 1960s Minnesota and the effects of the events of his thirteenth summer on him and his family. Its part coming-of-age story and part mystery.
Sherrie from Black Forest, CO
This was a very well-written book about a minister and his family who lived in a small town in Minnesota in the early 1960s. I would describe it as a "quiet" book in that although there is drama, it is very low-key. I like that style very much. Although there are several deaths, it isn't a mystery per se.
Carol from Frisco, TX
This book is a coming-of-age/mystery about a preacher’s son in a small town in Minnesota that learns about his family, grace, prejudice and keeping secrets during the summer of 1961. Although told from the 13-year-old boy’s point of view, as an adult, the story is intelligent with occasional foreshadowing, which enhanced the suspense.
Nancy from Minneapolis, MN
There is an underbelly of things not being what they seem on the surface in this book. William Kent Krueger weaves a murder mystery into the fabric of the lives of several people using emotions and spirituality to cope with the chain of events.
Susan from Los Angeles, CA
A coming-of-age story of a minister's son who learns about life, death and faith during one transformative summer. This book is written in a rhythmic, beautiful style that is reminiscent of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, with a touch of mystery.
David from Roanoke Rapids, NC
This book has a really good mystery to it. It takes you back to an older time of simplicity, but also to a time when people who were "different" were looked down upon. ORDINARY GRACE made me feel angry and sad.
Kathleen from Rhinelander, WI
This is a coming-of-age story of a heartbreaking summer in the lives of a family and how they overcome this terrible summer of tragedy.
Bill from Menasha, WI
ORDINARY GRACE is the story of a family struggling to deal with unfulfilled dreams, challenges of youth and their world spinning out of control to an uncertain end.
Caroline from Satellite Beach, FL
A wonderful, thought-provoking book about the presence of God in our lives. A suspenseful book that you can't put down once you start reading.