February 15, 2023

“Review of ‘Bad Cree’ by Reader: A Critical Analysis”

This debut supernatural thriller by Jessica Johns, a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta, Canada, explores generational trauma, grief, family, and the devastation wrought on native lands by industrial greed and negligence. Mackenzie, a young Cree woman, has tried to run away from her family and their losses, but her nightmares have started to bleed into reality and she returns home to relearn the strength of family, community, and connection to the land. A wheetigo (windigo) preys on the family’s grief for her grandmother and her sister. “That’s the best and worst thing about being connected to everything: you are a part of it all, but you can’t choose what gets sent out into the world. Or what can find you.”

Books reviews for this supernatural horror thriller are overwhelmingly positive, with many readers praising the exploration of themes such as grief and family. Thanks @DoubledayBooks and NetGalley for an opportunity to read an advanced reader copy and share my opinion of this book.

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