The Boy in the Snow

M.J. McGrath’s The Boy in the Snow combines the murder of a child with a lot that is wrong with Alaskan culture. The isolation may be good for a someone wanting quiet but its also the perfect hiding place to traffic women to satisfy the needs of those recluses.

I found the story interesting but the character Edie Kiglatuk an unlikely crime solver. She is a half-Inuit from the remoteness of northern Canada who is in Anchorage only to help support her ex in his attempt to complete the famous Iditarod race across Alaska. She uses many instincts that a traditional crime solver wouldn’t, like her ability to navigate in remote, snowy areas on foot and hide her path.

Overall, I can’t say that this was a particularly great book and its been several weeks now since I read it so I’m foggy on why I felt that way. I read it quickly and I liked that she dealt with things that were wrong with Alaskan society, like trafficing woman, illegal adoptions, political corruptness, while still showing the beauty of the land. Maybe it was a little over the top for me. Edie is from a small village and comes to the big city and solves a huge crime just by using a lot of her intuition. I can’t really put my finger on what my problem with this book is, but it just felt a little unreal. In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of crime novels is that they have to be believable. Something about this novel felt forced.

Read November 2014

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