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InstaReview: White Horse by Erika T. Wurth

"He was like so many where I am from: angry, sad beyond measure... That was why when so many in the country were turning to the more sober, morose sounds of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, in the Springs, we kept our hair long, our necks jerking to the harsh, cruel sounds of metal that satisfied our pain, the parts of us that would never completely recover."

Kari is an urban Native who loves heavy metal, Stephen King, and hanging out at her local dive bar. When a mysterious bracelet that belonged to her absentee mother is unearthed, mysteries of her family’s past and present begin to resurface. What sets White Horse apart from your run-of-the-mill thriller is that it’s steeped with folklore and references to indigenous culture: from the foreboding presence and visions Kari begins to experience after finding the bracelet, to the running social commentary dispersed throughout the novel. Erika T Wurth writes in a gritty, unique voice and having a Native protagonist offers a fascinating perspective. Some of the characters and side storylines felt a bit underdeveloped, as if they were just vehicles for plot points, but the overall this spooky page turner is sure to captivate your imagination.


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