This was a good book with an interesting story line. There was less mystery/suspense and more about the dynamics between Joanna and the neighbors than I like but it was still an enjoyable read. Joanna has problems dealing with her relationship with her daughter and begins to help her neighbors granddaughter with computer lessons to help pay the bills. Similarities between the two girls are gone over and the discovery of a dead body is thrown in.
I liked this book. Moved a little slow at times but I thought it was a good read.
After a painful family drama, Toronto computer expert Joanna Hastings takes a cabin in the remote woods of Northern Ontario to make sense out of her life and her shattered relationship with her daughter. Built the town of Hope River is not content to elt her lick her wounds. The isolated community has its share of secrets...and strange stories. Joanna is drawn into the lives of her elderly neighbor and the woman's teenage granddaughter, Tiffany, a troubled girl in even more trouble wien arson destroys an eccentric old man's shack. Joanna's quick thinking saves him, but days later, old Luke's body is found at the edge of her property, Tiffany's coat nearby. While the girl may be rebellious, Joanna knows she's not a killer. But trying to solve the mystery forces her into dark places within herself and others, and waiting among them is a killer.
I enjoyed this book. It had a good story line. The characters were believable.
Five star book all of the way to the New York Times BEST...OK OK, its not a New York Times Bestseller but it was a 2001 EPPIE winner for the "Best Mainstream Novel".
Im gonna say this with total enthusiasm. This is the GREATEST book Ive read in years and years. It will always be one of my favs now. I would read this book again in the future. A must have for my personal library. I will think about this book for a long time to come too.
I had the hardest time setting this book down. I felt like I was watching a movie. I couldn't wait to get back to the story when I had to walk away. Fantastic writing, gorgeous descriptions of the Canadian setting and of the people in the story.
Im not giving a detailed account of what the book is all about, people can read the book for themselves. Id just like to let everyone know what I thought about the book. I loved the winter setting, the main character, a lady, living in the woods, just moving into an old cabin, snow to your hearts content, glass of win, a black shape out in the trees, which could be a ghost and plenty of drama to go with it all.
Grade A awesome job Vicki Delany.