Heartfelt and suspenseful, Bad Cree is a page-turning debut by Johns. When Mackenzie’s dreams start crashing into her daily life, she can no longer avoid her family or her grief over her sister’s sudden death last year. Crows follow her, her closest friend is worried, and she can’t shake that she might need to return to her Cree family’s prairie hometown in Alberta. Each chapter builds on the bewitching imagery and comforting characters. Johns crafts a chilling story that reminds us that we can’t do it all alone, weaving grief expertly with the eerie world of the subconscious. Recommended by Nikita
In this gripping, horror-laced debut, a young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home.