Min's Monster Reviews
Min’s worst nightmare is going to become a real, living nightmare. Min skips out on a family trip to the city. Meanwhile, Bruno Hessle, a serial killer, is waiting to escape from a minimal security prison near Min’s home. Once a huge snowstorm hits, he makes his escape and ends up in Min’s kitchen. Min needs to escape from her attic room without Bruno, the monster, knowing; but Bruno soon realizes that the house is not empty. He knows that Min is in the house and that she is alone. He sees Min as his next victim, and he becomes the animal within, stalking his prey.
The novel is a mosaic of individual character stories. First, there is Min, her intense fear and her clever strategies of escape. Then there is Bruno, the monster, who is everything this label defines. This character has a history of horrible, brutal deeds and the author is quite blunt in her description of all that goes through Bruno’s head. The story also contains the parents, who have this feeling that their daughter, Min, is in trouble. They brace the snow-covered roads to get back to her. Meanwhile, the sheriff is on a manhunt for the escaped serial killer. He acts on premonitions that that he must go to the Quinnu village. The author also weaves in a few other people of interest, including Bruno’s mother and a victim who managed to escape. It makes for an interesting read as these characters and their internal feelings and agonies shape the story.
Lila L. Pinord resides in Port Angeles, Washington, and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Accounting. She was born and raised in a Native American fishing village similar to the one used in the book. This is her third novel, her first novel, Skye Dancer, was published in 2003, and her second novel, Evil Lives in Blue Rock, was published in 2005.
This novel is an interesting read, but with its many graphic details it may not be suitable for a younger audience. It is recommended by: Margaret Orford, Allbooks Reviews.
Reviewed by Kathy Campbell, Managing Editor, The Quill Review
Young Min passes up a pre-Thanksgiving trip into the City to have some time alone, never suspecting that it’s a decision that may mean the end of her life. A fierce snowstorm strands her parents in the city, and provides the cover needed for a maniacal serial killer, Bruno Hessle, to walk away from the minimum security prison located near Min’s village. Cold, hungry and rapidly losing his mind, Bruno takes up residence in Min’s house, forcing her to use everything she’s been taught to attempt an escape.
News of the escape is reported to the police sending bi-racial Adam Cooper into the storm and back to his native village powered by an overwhelming sense of impending doom. As the story is picked up and broadcast by the news media, Bruno’s mother, an escaped victim, and Min’s parents all struggle to fight there way back to the village through snow and ice covered roads. With the weather hindering all of their efforts, the characters each embark on personal examination and the circumstances that brought them to this place.
Set in the 1950’s in rural Washington, this story takes the reader into the twisted mind of a serial killer, the troubled thoughts of an earnest and dedicated police officer and the innocent young girl growing up poor in an Indian village. Richly woven with description of a time gone by, readers will relate to these characters and the internal struggles hindering their everyday life.
Min's Monster- Reviewed by Gene Woodwick -The Canoe People's Bookshelf
Lila Pinord has moved away from her intricate interweavings of strong American Indian spirituality, characterizations and placid Olympic Peninsula settlings in her latest book, Min’s Monster. But her fans will not de disappointed. The sparseness of Pinord’s writing forcefully presents irredeemable and relentless evilness in a tautly-paced story of murder and mayhem.
Pinord’s latest book—her third—is multi-layered. Min’s Monster, the main character of the story is a depiction of how evilness, once put into action, eats the soul and sanity of mankind. Pinord deftly contrasts the monstrous acts of this escaped prisoner with the people of the Quinnu Indian Reservation who may be poor in material possessions but rich in familial love, deep friendships and abiding generosity of spirit and possessions.
Short sentences and quickly changing narrative of the Monster’s hunt for an innocent child provides for riveting reading. The evilness of the monster becomes out of control as nature and circumstances in the village spin out of human control.
The monster’s mother, Min, a nurse, and a neer-do-well, blue collar worker are drawn into the mesh of evil as it surrounds the Quinu village. A sheriff, a forest ranger, a highway heavy equipment operator are all sucked into the evil vortex.
Native American spirituality is not ignored but Pinord handles it in a subtle way that may not be completely understood by non-Indians but those with Indian heritage will certainly understand all the nuances.
By the end of the horrifying tale, the reader becomes aware of the underlying and subtle lesson Pinord is teaching using the Monster as a symbol for an issue confronting many rural Indian villages today. Urban violence and darkness has been brought to the reservations by those who practice the violence of drugs and lawlessness find their escape into the isolated communities of the family elders to prey upon the gentleness of the people whose life has been a practice of traditional respect.
Pinord’s fans will want to read Min’s Monster the first time just for the story. But be wanred it is not a book to read when you are alone! But, the reader will have to read it again to savor the nuaces of the book.