The Mill River Recluse
Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedro...more
This is the sort of tale I would have loved when I was 7. I was a very precocious 7, however, having already read Pearl Buck and Havelock Ellis. However, at 76 I need more than plot or facts from a book. I need good writing.
The heavy-handed prose plodding through the banal plotting had me groaning. So why did I finish it? Boredom. Disbelief. That others gave it 5 stars.
If Touchstone doe...more
"You cannot force someone to like you or love you, but you can make it difficult for others to dislike you by earning their respect and trust. And to do that, you mu...more
With a feel-good factor of 10, believe-abilty factor of 0 and poor dialogue this story is best suited for a lifetime made-for-tv movie starting some washed-up sitcom actress from the 80s. There is potential in the story of Mary--she was raped by her high school teacher, she married a wealthy aristocrat, she was physically abused by her cheating husband, she was widowed at a young age yet she maintained a peaceful existence in a mans...more
The characters are entirely 1-dimensional, either all-good or all-bad. Really no in-be...more
Darcie Chan is the poster child for struggling indie writers. Her debut novel, The Mill River Recluse, has logged a staggering half million downloads and maintains a four plus star rating on Amazon with close to nine hundred reviews. So it was with eagerness that I began The Mill River Recluse.
The first part of the novel reads well. The writing doesn’t take many chances but that’s fine—a good story well told is a great thing. The characters are introduced in a revolving m...more
The town of Mill River seems like a character itself in this captivating tale of a widowed recluse who lives high on a hill in a marble castle-like home overlooking the town. This character-driven novel holds the readers attention well,...more
The characters in the book are wonderfully developed. Most of them are flawed in some way. As M...more
However, I do have some reservations about it. Mary, the recluse, has social anxiety. The reason for this is mentioned three times in the book (which I thought a bit excessive) and relates to one terrible incident that occurred when she was sixteen. She mentions that she was always shy, but I still think this is too easy. One incident, however bad, do...more
"Chan's sweet novel displays her talent." ~ _Kirkus Reviews_
"...a real page-turner." ~ _IndieReader.com_
_Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller!_Product Description
Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly...more
residents of Mill River, Vermont. The recluse of the title, Mary McAllister, develops
agoraphobia after a series of traumatic events that Ms. Chan treats very realistically and believably. Soon Mary is locked away in her marble mansion on the hill, were she observes the residents below as they go about their lives.
Father O’Brien, a young priest when he accepts the responsibility of watching over Mary, is her chief suppor...more
I didn't have particularly high hopes, but as I read on I gradually found myself being drawn into the story and the town of Mill River. Perhaps the way I would describe it is that there is nothing 'exceptional' about this book, but it's none the worse for that. It's an easy, comforting read with characters who are recognisable as inhabitants of just about any town. Each secondary characte...more
So enthrallingly cheesy – like an episode of Little House on the Prairie. I read a lot of reviews, and some were rather harsh, most were gushing. One was even a little hostile, going as far as checking Darcy Chan’s work records. Green is an ugly color when worn with red.
Yes, the story is so predictable and boring. Yes, the characters are cliché, the town is cliché and Daisy is very annoying. Darcy Chan created cardboard cut-out charact...more
Yes, I have some serious issues with this book. Big ones. Serious ones.
- It was way too freaking long. Wow. All I can say is description could have been cut in half and it *still* would have been too long. I started ski...more
The author did a great job of simultaneously telling the modern day story (which starts with Mary's death) and the developing story (which is the story of Mary's brief marriage and anxiety disorder). I love how the author shows how loving and compassionate Mary is, even though her human interactions have been extremely limited throughout the years.
The priest with the quirky habit of stealin...more
I can't bring myself to hate this book because it bored me to tears. There was absolutely nothing original about the plot or characters. It wasn't believable nor were the characters relatable and frankly, the book served no purpose other than possibly to make the author cong...more
Though the tow...more
Though I love literary fiction, I tend of avoid it because it connects to the melancholia inside me. But some books are just too irresistible to ignore. I made the mistake of downloading a sample of this book when I noticed the way it was shooting up the Kindle bestseller chart. Almost from the first word I knew that I had to buy the book. I lay in bed this morning and read it in one sitting...sublime!
In a strange way The Mill River Recluse reminds me of one of my favour...more
Sounds cheesy and makes you want to vomit like Richard Paul Evans' books do but it's true. That's the thing with books like this, they are sickeningly moral but they are good reminders to us to be a better person. Sometimes reading it in a story like this will make this stick in your head so that we act the right way when the time comes.
Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant pec...more
*UPDATE* I finished this book today, and all I have to say for it was that the end was heartwarming, but it wasn't worth having to trud...more
Thanks to loving and supportive parents who are both educators, she learned to read and write at an early age. As a child, she fell in love with books and became quite obsessed with Walter Farley's Black Stallion series of books, amo...more