Book Review: Two Statues by Brian Kennelly

This overdue book review of Two Statues comes courtesy of St. Benedict Press. Ever since I received the book it had sat on my dresser taunting me, beckoning me to start reading it. It’s a good thing I waited until my classes were over to start reading it though because once I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down. I had the book down in two days. 🙂

Two Statues tells the story of four men, Buck, Walt, Father Paul and Father Peter. Thanks to supernatural events, their lives collide in an awesome way.

I enjoyed this book very much. Early into the story I became invested in the characters. They were “human” with flaws and who clearly made mistakes. I felt for Father Peter and his faith struggles and my heart went out to Walt as he dealt with his guilt. (Of course, I’m not going to give away why!) They were also generous and heroic and very likable.

An another thing that I liked about the characters was that two of the main characters, Buck and Walt were older gentlemen. It is not often that the elderly are represented in literature (at least from what I am aware of) and even then they are stereotyped negatively. However, Kennelly did a wonderful job portraying them realistically and appropriately.

I was also captivated by the spiritual events that were being investigated. At first I was skeptical, thinking the particular supernatural events weren’t realistic, but I suppose the events that occur in the book are plausible. It certainly kept my attention.

Another thing I liked about the book is that even though it is obviously a Catholic novel, it is not one of those books that shove doctrine in your face. As a matter of fact, now that I sit down to do the review, I can’t recall there being any mention of doctrine at all. The Catholic Faith is simply woven in the lives of characters in a very natural and authentic way.

Two Statues is a well-written story that will keep your attention from the beginning. I give it four (4) stars.



  1. Looks like one for my list
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