Killers of the Flower Moon Book Review


Richard Oben

As the month of May approaches the vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma, taller plants of the land start to grow in a rapid rate over the smaller and weak plants. The smaller plants start to die off due to a lack of sunlight. Most Osage Natives refer to this time as the “flower-killing moon.” 

Killers of the Flower Moon is an encaptivating and emotional novel that documents the real life events of the Osage murders, otherwise known as the Reign of Terror, that occurred between the 1910’s-1930’s. The Oklahoma territory of the Osage was rich in what was known as “black gold,” which attracted thousands of white settlers seeking for new opportunities. The Reign of Terror deeply affected thousands of horrified Osage families in the region. These massacres eventually gave birth to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the command of J. Edgar Hoover. Killers of the Flower Moon is a captivating story that shows how greed, corruption, and the thirst for control can lead to the massacre of innocent people just for their property and income. 

After I read this book, I began to analyze it deeply, reading between the lines like a detective trying to find a clue with a magnifying glass. David Grann uses the rhetorical appeals of Logos, Ethos, and Pathos to influence the image of a variety of characters throughout the book. This influences the way that the readers view each character, which creates a layer of illusion in Grann’s writing. In addition to this, Grann uses sophisticated language and facts about the case to create a layer of mystery throughout the story that heavily influences the reader to keep reading. Everytime I finished reading a chapter, I couldn’t stop myself from reading onto the next! The whole book basically covered every single fact about the murder case, the FBI, and the FBI agents that made up the investigation unit. I just really wished that the author covered more about the other murders that happened throughout the book in addition to the murders that were affecting Mollie, who was one of the Osage people during the Reign of Terror. Also, the book truly captures a reader’s attention by the first chapter. However, after this, it sort of slows down a bit until the next couple of murders occur. 

Overall, I would give this book a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars and I recommend everyone to read this. Readers who love mystery/murder documentaries and book genres of that sort will find this book a fascinating and emotional read.