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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

What lurks in the corners of the house originates in the corners of the mind. When Kim inherits an old family house in rural Sweden, there are notes posted everywhere. On the walls, the doors, even the ceiling. Reminders. And drawings. Of the monsters that still haunt this house and the land on which it sits. But the monsters aren’t just outside; they’re in Kim’s head, in the traumatic memories of an upbringing as different, other, alone. Dive into this stunning graphic novel full of darkness, reconciliation, and exploration of the self. From acclaimed creators Anders Fager and Peter Bergting.…

The Crows

by Anders Fager and Peter Bergting

Overall Book Review:

This book was a real page-turner.  While many list this book as a graphic novel, I would call it more of an extended graphic novel.  For folks who aren’t fans of the traditional plate and window type of graphic novel with squares of progressions, this book may be a good option.  The majority of the story is written in traditional narrative format with supplemental parts in a more graphic novel type of format.  The storyline is very well done and while it’s a bit of a heavy subject in terms of revisiting and making peace with a tumultuous childhood, it is also quite beautiful in its presentation.

At 104 pages, this is a very quick read.  However, I would highly recommend spending time reading all the intricate notes and digesting the illustrations.  While haunting, the illustrations are also very detailed and intricate and somewhat beautiful, if in a sort of macabre kind of way.  The Crows is definitely a book worth picking up and reading–even if it is outside of your normal genre wheelhouse.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  3 mild obscenities; 3 religious profanities; 5 derogatory names; 5 scatological words; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore:  Sticks thrown at birds, picture of dog with eyes pecked out (moderately graphic), reference to death in bike versus truck accident, reference to death by hanging suicide.

Sex/Nudity:  Reference to sex.

Mature Subject Matter: 

Death, suicide, mail order bride.

Alcohol and Drug Use: 

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
5
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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About the Reviewer

I am a full-time mom, full-time wife, and overtime reader. I have been an avid reader for as long as anyone can remember. It must run in the family because both my mother and grandmother are also voracious readers and often pass books back and forth. Almost any genre can spark my interest, but I often go in streaks, reading a bunch of books from one genre, then switching to another for a while and back again.