Book Review ~ Heaven’s Keep

Happy first Tuesday of June! Although summer doesn’t officially arrive for another two weeks, in my mind June 1 is always the beginning of summer. There’s nothing like curling up by a fireplace with a good book on a cold winter day, but summer also lends plenty of opportunities for reading. I have fond memories of lying in a hammock in my backyard on summer afternoons reading the latest paperback novel I’d purchased.

As I said last week, I’m going back to weekly reviews, and what better way to begin with another book by William Kent Krueger. (Yes, I am reading other authors as well!)


When a charter plane carrying Cork O’Connor’s wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies, Cork must accept the terrible truth that his wife is gone forever. But is she? In Heaven’s Keep, celebrated author William Kent Krueger puts his intrepid hero through the most harrowing mission of his life. After many days filled with grief, two women show up at Cork’s doorstep with evidence that the pilot of Jo’s plane was not the man he claimed to be. It may not be definitive proof, but it’s a ray of light in the darkness surrounding Cork’s loss. Agreeing to investigate, he travels to Wyoming where he battles the interference of forces determined to throw Cork off the trail permanently. At the center of all the danger and deception lies the possibility that Jo is not really dead and that, somewhere along the labyrinthine path of his search, Cork will find her alive and waiting for him. With deft plotting and writing that satisfies as much as it thrills, Heaven’s Keep gives readers an adventure not soon forgotten.

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Cork faces his greatest challenge…

After feeling a bit let down from the eighth novel of the Cork O’Connor series, Heaven’s Keep more than made up for any disappointment.

When a charter plane carrying Jo O’Connor and several leaders from various Native American tribes goes down in Wyoming, Cork is faced with the fact his wife is likely dead. Six months later, he receives word the crash may not be what it seemed. Cork travels to Wyoming, seeking the truth.

I hate spoilers in reviews, so I won’t say more about the plot. Suffice to say some readers will love this story, and others will hate it. I’m in the first category. In my opinion, this is one of the best books so far in the series.

Krueger, as usual, weaves an intriguing tale. Clues are placed carefully within the pages—breadcrumbs that play an important role in the story’s outcome.

Family dynamics play an important part in each book, and this one is no exception. Stevie O’Connor, who now prefers to be called Stephen, is growing up into a fine young man. He shows remarkable maturity for someone his age.

Throughout the series, Cork has developed and transformed. From the author’s own words, he was “a fairly morose, often cynical, and nearly failed man.” In this book, Krueger peels away another layer, and readers get to know more about him.

Heaven’s Keep gets a resounding five stars from me.

27 thoughts on “Book Review ~ Heaven’s Keep

  1. One of the best in the series is high praise, Joan. It sounds like an intriguing book and I appreciate the lack of spoilers. Do all of his books work as stand-alones or is it better to start at the beginning?

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    1. They can be stand-alone books since each story is unique. However, they do follow a chronological order, so I would recommend reading them in order. The exception is “Lightning Strike,” because it goes back to when Cork was a young boy.

      I read the first book, “Iron Lake,” last year and got hooked.

      I hate to read reviews that spoil the entire book, so beware if you read any for this one, Diana. Thankfully, I didn’t read them until I finished the book.

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  2. Just the set-up sounds interesting. This one must have been especially well-written. I’ll have to put it on my list, but I’m so far behind in my reading, it might be winter before I get to it. I’ll have something to look forward to!

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    1. After I finished the book, I read some reviews. Many contained spoilers, so I’m glad I didn’t see the ahead of time. The author note in the back of the book said he knew some readers wouldn’t like the outcome. He tried writing it a different way, but the story demanded otherwise.

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      1. I’ve read books where I didn’t like the ending because it made me sad or upset–but the ending was true to the work. Then there are other books where I hated the ending because it came out of nowhere and didn’t make any sense.

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