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Rachel Schommer Reviews: 2.12.24

This week's book releases 2.16.24 and I highly recommend picking it up.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one :)


OUR FATHERS’ BURDEN by William F. Gray

1. Wow! This was super enjoyable and completely different than I thought it was going to be, but in a very good way. I loved both the plot and most of the characters; per the author’s note, this is how it’s supposed to be, LOL. Gray just proved he can write both sides of the coin.  

2. There was good build-up early on. Overall, I felt the plot was kind of a slow burn, which I typically struggle with. However, Gray did a great job of creating some ‘anxiety’ early on which kept me engaged and reading with ferocity to figure out what the heck was going on.

3. I enjoyed the 2 points of view. Sometimes I struggle with multiple POVs or timelines if it’s unclear who or when as I read. Initially I wasn’t 100% sure when the 2nd POV was happening, but that cleared up pretty quickly and added a lot of context to the story. Basically, you’re seeing the happenings both from within as they’re happening and then from a slightly later outside perspective. This created a unique whole picture scenario.

4. Anyone who has spent time in the woods or mountains (camping, hiking, hunting, etc.) could relate to this book. There’s something slightly creepy about nature. Not always. But you know when that creeping feeling of being unsettled starts…what’s that sound? Am I being watched? What if there was something to that, and that something was big?!

5. *this could be a slight spoiler – read with caution I wouldn’t say the ending was happy by any means, but it was a realistic ending and I appreciated that. Not overly joyous, not overly sad or disastrous, just neutral and believable.


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