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Windigo Island

(Cork O'Connor #14)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,287 ratings  ·  453 reviews
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a deadly mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t explain how the girl and her friend, ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Atria Books
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Suzanne It's not absolutely essential, but there is a story arc involving the main characters that is much clearer if the books are read in order. The series…moreIt's not absolutely essential, but there is a story arc involving the main characters that is much clearer if the books are read in order. The series is so good, you will want to read them all.(less)
Kate the 15th book is coming out this September for this series. I can't wait!! the title is Manitou Canyon

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Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
I enjoyed this book but with some reservations. Fourteen books into the series and I am a Cork O'Coran fan. Now suddenly the author has chosen to view the story through the eyes of Cork's daughter, Jenny. I suppose this would have been okay if I liked Jenny, but I really don't.

Anyway, that's my problem and I will look past it and judge the book apart from that. As usual it was full of action, a few people lost their lives in not very nice ways, Henry remained calm, cool and collected and Cork
Two young girls ran away from their homes in Bad Bluff, Wisconsin a year ago and one of them, Carrie Verga, just washed ashore. It’s uncertain what happened to her and where she’s been. Now the family of Mariah Arceneaux, Carrie’s runaway companion, seeks help from Henry Meloux to find her. Mariah is his great, great niece and he asks Cork O’Connor to assist preliminarily in his stead. As Cork makes plans to leave, his daughter, Jenny insists that she accompany him. She believes this mission is ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first read William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, Iron Lake, I was struck by the coldness between whites and Indian populations in Minnesota and admit to finding it off-putting. Krueger’s latest novel is fourteenth in the Cork O’Connor series, and the coldness between the races is still there, but I have a completely different perception of it. Now I feel so grateful to Krueger for pointing out such a failing in our management of race relations that the treatment of Indians on ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The unique thing about this series, in which a new one is released every August, is the amazing combination of family, time and place and culture. It is so wonderful to be back inside the world and family of Cork O'Connor. My favorite character though is Henry Meloux, a wise, very elderly Objibwe mide. His quiet persona and his spiritual wisdom serves as the anchor for many in his own family as well as O'Connors.

This story takes them from Iron Mountain, Minnesota to Duluth trying to track down a
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ojibwe Community asked Krueger to write a tale about the sex trafficking problem they face on their reservations—too many of their young women were falling into the clutches of sex trafficking predators. The result is a crime thriller that highlights the issue and includes a number of Anishinaabe characters affected by the scourge.

When the body of fifteen-year-old Carrie Verga is found washed up on the shore of Kichigami (Lake Superior), the relatives of Mariah Arceneaux are alarmed. The two
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right up front, I want to say this book deals with the abduction and forced prostitution of young children. However, the most descriptive Krueger gets is telling you what the young girls are wearing. The rest will be in your imagination.

I felt this was a powerful and emotional book. There is much Native American mysticism with the epitome of evil in the Windigo. Cork is more angry than I've ever seen him. Henry provides a calming, healing nature. Jenny is, well, let's say she's a lot like her
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

A very tedious read. The description of plight of girls and degeneration of india society is avery sorry. So many words of native language which i did not understand amd it break the flow.

I did not like the book.

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There was anger in Puck, which he’d channeled in a way that would drive him for a while. At some point, the anger wouldn’t be enough. He might well accomplish what he intended to do, outwhite the white man, but the cost would be great, Cork suspected. Then
Kasa Cotugno
Last night at a in-store visit, Kent Krueger (he likes to be called by his middle name) shared his secrets for maintaining a successful series of thrillers. Beyond the excellent storytelling, which he calls a skeleton on which to hang a story, is the necessity to create a backstory involving characters the reader will love and will care about. He has certainly done this with the Cork O'Connor series. And his joy in his creations is evident. Another element he feels essential is inclusion of a ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm torn by this latest mystery in the Cork O'Connor series. On one hand, I thought the author used the plot line to successfully expose a horrific problem in the Native American community, the sex trafficking of young native girls. On the other hand, I thought there was a lot of unrealistic dialog, thought and action in the book, particularly by O'Connor's daughter, Jenny. For the majority of the book, she just irritated the heck out of me and I wanted to tell her to "grow up" and start ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Thank you to Kent for humanizing and publicizing the plight of victims of sexual trafficking of Native American girls. He still spins a wonderfully complex story, but I'm so glad he based it on this topic that needs so much more attention.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
4.5 stars. A dead girl washes up on Windigo Island, one of a pair that ran away from the rez a year earlier. The still missing girl's cousin, Daniel English, seeks help from Midi Henry Meloux, who refuses until the girl's mother comes to see him with the girl's most important possession. Cork O'Connor and daughter Jenny start to investigate, and discover an evil presence, who has become family for these lost runaways as he forces them into prostitution. The underlying reveal about the sexual ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"In every human being, there are two wolves constantly fighting. One is fear, and the other is love. The one that wins the battle? The one you feed. Always the one you feed."

"The Ojibwe legend tells of the cursed place called Windigo Island. On Windigo Island, death came in the dark. It came in the form of an awful spirit, a cannibal beast with an insatiable craving for human flesh. Sometimes the beast swept in with the foul odor of carnage pouring off its huge body and a bone-chilling scream
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Not Krueger's strongest work. The topic (the exploitation and trafficking of women, Native women in particular) was a difficult one to tackle and unfortunately it came out less like a mystery and more like a treatise on the issue. It's something that should be talked about and I applaud him for his efforts to make more people aware of the issue, I'm just afraid it didn't make for a very good book.

For one thing, there wasn't much mystery. From practically the opening chapters, I could tell you
Kris - My Novelesque Life
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This story was heartbreaking - about sex trafficking - but so well-written. We do get more of Jenny, and this time her point of view. I hope this was just for this novel. I don't mind Jenny, but I just didn't get engrossed in her parts. I find Anne more interesting and what is going on in her mind, lol.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how I missed this one in the series, but I'm glad I found it at my local library. The Cork O'Connor series is a good one and Windigo Island is a worthy entry. Cork seemed more hardened and unforgiving in this one, which given the crimes of the bad guys was just fine with me.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-mysteries
Human trafficking is the crime in this latest Cork O'Connor mystery from William Kent Krueger. It's a difficult subject -- Indian girls abused or neglected by their families end up as young prostitutes in the Duluth area. Cork, his daughter Jenny, and the Mide healer Henry Meloux set off in search of one missing teenager from the Bad Bluff Ojibwe.

The story alternates between Cork's point of view and Jenny's, and what strikes me is how distant and harsh Cork comes across through Jenny's eyes.
Jacqueline J
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bummer, I am totally caught up with this series. Another lovely read (or listen since I did this series while driving to work.) I love Cork O'Connor. I love Henry Meloux. This book doesn't really need any further review from me. If you've read any of the series, you know what they're like and this is more of the same. This one had some strong secondary characters who I really liked. It's great to see Cork's kids taking part and I sneaked a peak at the plot of the upcoming book due later this ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not as good a read as I have come to expect from William Kent Krueger. In a scene near the beginning of the book, Cork says something to a woman that is so out of character that it almost ruins the entire book for me. And I think with the trailer scene the book just completely falls apart. From that point on, the story becomes unbelievable. That and Jenny's voice just didn't work.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just not for me. I think you need to read the previous books in this series first, as the characters took me awhile to sort out. Fairly slow-moving plot about runaway girls. Got nearly half way through and abandoned it.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Another wonderful book in the Corcoran O'Connor series. Are these great literature? - No, definitely not, but they sure are engaging and dependable escapist fare. I love the O'Connor family and Henry Meloux. I love the setting, too.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Windigo Island is an amazing addition in the Cork O'Connor series. Once again the author pays tribute to the land and its people while also delivering a fascinating mystery. He paints a heartbreaking picture of the cycle of poverty, alcoholism, and runaway (and/or throwaway) children on the reservations, along with the evil of men who all too willing to exploit them. In the words of Henry, who has become frail in body but remains strong in spirit: In every human being, there are two wolves ...more
Mike Kennedy
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
14th entry in the Cork O'Connor series. This is probably one of the more darker books in the series. Cork is hired to find a girl who is gone missing/runaway on the Bad Bluff Reservation in Wisconsin. As he digs deeper, he finds that there is more to the story including a possible underage sex ring. It started off really fast for me because the first third of the novel is set at the Bad Bluff reservation and Bayfield, WI. My parents have a cabin that basically backs up to the Red Cliff ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WKK seems to be changing direction with the Cork O'Connor series in a good way. It's not all about Cork any more. Jenny, Anne and Stephen are finding their voices, and their callings and this is causing some questions deep in the heart of Cork. Cork is becoming a little more human, a little more real.

More so, this books did a great job calling out the little discussed, but ugly truth of child sex trafficking in Minnesota and the role of Duluth in that truth. There is great beauty here in my
Brenden Schaaf
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
William Kent Krueger's books really connect with me and I look forward to reading them when they are released every August. The characters are familiar now like old friends and it is always enjoyable to learn more about then. Windigo Island was another great book in the Cork O'Connor serious and I devoured it in a single day. There are some things that were predictable, but mostly the story held my attention and kept me guessing to the end. I'm also impressed that this book highlighted the issue ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
When a dead Indian girl who has been missing for a year washes up on Windigo Island, Cork O'Connor and his daughter Jennifer becomes involved in trying to locate a girl who disappeared with the dead girl. They uncover a case of incest, human trafficking for prostitution, and bad cops. Henry, the Ojibwe shaman, is also endangered. This is a readable part of Krueger's series about O'Connor and the Native Americans of the North.
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
another most excellent 5 star read!
I have favorite, mostly local authors that I get their books in hardcover and signed if possible and William Kent krueger is one of them...:)
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the 14th book in the Cork O'Connor series. We have seen Cork go from unhappily married to happily married to widowed. We have seen him as sheriff to private investigator. All along this journey is his family and what they mean to him. Also is his strong connection to his Ojibwe blood - he is half-Indian. All the books focus on the Indian - White conflicts. In this book the body of a young teenage Indian girl washes up on the shore of a small island in Lake Superior. She ran away from ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018, audio-2018
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a deadly mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t explain how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, private investigator Cork O’Connor takes on ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book, like most of this series. I like the way you get to experience the family growing up and growing larger. This one takes Cork to Duluth and trying to help find the daughter of one of Henry's nieces. It exposes the fact of human trafficking in the native American population. A problem with is rampant in our society. I recommend you read this book if you're not familiar with the problem and even more, a serious biography by Rachel Lloyd "Girls Like Us". It really is a problem that goes ...more
Deborah Davidson
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all from action and suspense to tradition and love. But most importantly it keeps the tragic situation of young Native women being abducted and prostituted in the forefront of people’s minds as this continues to occur despite the work being done by many, most notably Suzzanne Koepplinger who is mentioned in the preface of the book.
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Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for ...more

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“In every human being, there are two wolves constantly fighting. One is fear, and the other is love. When Cork had asked which of the wolves won the battle, Meloux’s answer had been: The one you feed. Always the one you feed.” 8 likes
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