“The Turtle Catcher is a story of family and vengeance. The book begins in 1920 New Germany, Minnesota, where the three Richter brothers take justice into their own hands when their sister Liesl cries out against Lester keeping the secret she carries in her body from being discovered. An outcast due to her hidden deformity, Liesl and the brain-damaged Lester Sutter had formed a closeness that overcame their loneliness. From this one brutal moment, Nicole Helget looks back in time to all the events that led to this terrible crime.
The Turtle Catcher looks at a small town made up mostly of German immigrants just before World War I and inside a family with many secrets. . In the end, Nicole Helget paints a complex portrayal of all the moments that lead up to the initial scene at Spider Lake. This novel may not be for everyone because of some of the violent scenes, but Helget writes so beautifully and tells a story so well, it will haunt you forever.