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Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite
Blood Lake by author R.L. Herron begins with an action-packed narration of a tragic event in Native American history. This event carries down through history as a curse on a family, and the protagonist, John, knows nothing about the curse until his adult years. When John is invited to a lake for what he believes is a family gathering and fishing trip, he learns the truth about the curse on his family. While he thinks all of it is a joke at first, he quickly believes the story when another tragedy strikes his extended family during the trip. From there, the action picks up again as John faces untrustworthy family members, ghosts from the past, and a Native American curse that he cannot escape.
From the opening pages of Blood Lake until the end of the novel, it is obvious that author R.L. Herron has a connection with Native American culture and has done his research on the Trail of Tears mentioned throughout the narrative. Linking the tragedy of the Trail of Tears with a curse that has been handed down through generations was extremely original, and I did enjoy that aspect of the story. There was much action and conflict in the beginning and the end, and while I would have liked more of a connection with John’s wife and son, I did understand that this was a story mainly about John’s understanding of the curse and Native American history. The other characters were done very well, including Pappy, Luther, and Harold. I enjoyed the writing and felt the plot was fairly linear and exciting. The story held my interest, and I do recommend it to those interested in Native American culture and history.