Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
Book Review: 5 out of 5 star rating
My of my, what a book! I literally couldn’t put it down. A story dealing with sins of the father and revenge, it has excellent, strong character development and a well-developed plot. His writing reminds me of Dennis Lehane’s work. It’s a gritty book but it has a true soul.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one or not. The description of hillbilly noir turned me off a bit. I thought it might be more geared towards men than women and be a bit too violent. Yes, there’s plenty of violence and some strong language but it’s not done in a sensational manner. It’s necessary to the story. Plus there’s a heart stopping love story that brings such richness to the novel. And many women will relate and care strongly about the character of Marion. I’m very glad I gave this one a chance.
While the author does jump around between characters and time quite a bit, I didn’t find it confusing. He always included something in the beginning of each section that brought me back to that place and time.
This is a very compelling story that you won’t soon forget. I’ll be keeping my eye out for this author’s next book.
I was given a copy of this book by First to Read in return for an honest review.