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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Still Life with Crows

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground.

Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy?

Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land?

Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heartland.

No one is safe."


Still Life with Crows is the fourth installment in the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

This was a good entry in the Pendergast series. The previous two books dropped a bit because they took a turn into the more fantastical, but there were decidedly fewer fantastical elements in this one.

I did end up catching the drift of what was going on (thank you High School psychology) before it was revealed, but I was fine with that.

I will say though that there were two things that I didn't enjoy too much about this. First of all, for most of the book, the plot focused on the fact that the town is built on Indian land. The book puts a lot of focus on that, so when it was revealed who the killer was, I felt that entire storyline was pointless. It wasn't a plot line that was used effectively. I also didn't like how, with the addition of the ritualistic elements, there was no answer as to why they were included. It was hinted a bit at the end but then the book ended right after.

My other gripe with the book is Corrie. Ah, Corrie, you were doing fine until the end. When there is a killer on the loose and you are told to stay home, maybe you should listen to that advice? But no, you couldn't do that and things didn't turn out so well. I don't like characters who act impulsively.

Overall though, a solid book in the series.

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