Monday, September 13, 2021

Blog Tour: Review of Deer Season by Erin Flanagan

Author: Erin Flanagan
Publisher: NEBRASKA (September 1, 2021)
Paperback: 320 pages

It’s the opening weekend of deer season in Gunthrum, Nebraska, in 1985, and Alma Costagan’s intellectually disabled farmhand, Hal Bullard, has gone hunting with some of the locals, leaving her in a huff. That same weekend, a teenage girl goes missing, and Hal returns with a flimsy story about the blood in his truck and a dent near the headlight. When the situation escalates from that of a missing girl to something more sinister, Alma and her husband are forced to confront what Hal might be capable of, as rumors fly and townspeople see Hal’s violent past in a new light.

A drama about the complicated relationships connecting the residents of a small-town farming community, Deer Season explores troubling questions about how far people will go to safeguard the ones they love and what it means to be a family.

My thoughts:

Deer Season is part mystery, part slice of life in small town America.  The mystery unfolds as it is told through two perspectives, Alma and Milo.  Of the two, I enjoyed being in Milo's head a lot more than Alma's.  I thought the story was beautifully written. The author did a great job with character development.  However, it was a bit slow for my taste.  There was a lot of mundane, day to day stuff that bogged down the story for me.   I did like the ending.  I think this book would be perfect for people who like slow burn, small town mysteries.  I would recommend it.

About Erin Flanagan

Erin Flanagan is a professor at Wright State University. She is the author of two short story collections, The Usual Mistakes (Nebraska, 2005) and It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories(Bison Books, 2013).

Connect with Erin
Website | Twitter
Review tour:
Monday, August 23rd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, August 24th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, August 25th: @readerofthewrittenword
Thursday, August 26th: @shegabsaboutbooks
Friday, August 27th: @chel_white211
Monday, August 30th: She Treads Softly
Tuesday, August 31st: Girl Who Reads
Wednesday, September 1st: @mrs._lauras_lit
Wednesday, September 1st: Lit and Life
Friday, September 3rd: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, September 7th: @mybooksandplants
Wednesday, September 8th: Laura’s Reviews and @laurasreviews_1
Thursday, September 9th: @thebohobookblogger
Monday, September 13th: @readingwithash
Monday, September 13th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, September 14th: @kelly_hunsaker_reads
Wednesday, September 15th: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, September 16th: @deedlesbooknook
Friday, September 17th: Literary Quicksand
TBD: Friday, September 10th: @cassies_books_reviews

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

I really enjoyed this one too, it reminded me a lot of the area I live, which added a little extra to it for me. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours