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Scare the Light Away

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Secrets from the past…

For thirty years Rebecca McKenzie has tried to forget her life in Hope River, the isolated rural town where she was raised. But when she travels home to attend her mother's funeral, she has to face her estranged family…and she's shocked at how much has changed. Her older brother, Jimmy, seems like a mature, thoughtful man rather than the bully she rem
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Published May 2013 by Worldwide Library Worldwide Mystery (first published 2005)
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Eric Wright
Delany is a new author for me, and a nearby Canadian compatriot. In this novel, her character, Rebecca McKenzie, a successful financial whiz in Vancouver returns to Hope River, an isolated town in the north. She comes home after 30 years to attend her mother's funeral, and with her she carries haunting memories of the terrible childhood she endured due to her grandfather.

Jimmy, seems mellowed from the wild brother she remembers, but he is suspected of raping and murdering a local girl. Her older
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Vicki Gooding
Mar 09, 2016 Vicki Gooding rated it it was amazing
My goodness. This book is quite difficult to put down. A story with roots in cruelty, alcoholism and an estranged family. The youngest of three leaves their hometown, goes to college, becomes a successful business woman with no intention of going back. After the death of her husband all she has left is a small handful of friends and her husband's dog which is now hers. She receives information that her mother whom she loved dearly has died. So after 30 years, she returns to the hometown she left ...more
Candace
This book is not an easy one to grade with a handful of stars. It was generally well-written, and the plot was not overly obvious. I would probably have given it a solid 4 stars but for the author's tendency to use body weight as an indicator of character flaws. Well, actually, that's not true entirely. At first, heavy people equal not-very-nice or not-very-good people, but then halfway through the book, it appears that being too _lean_ can also be a sign of serious character flaws. (Honestly? I ...more
Carol
Aug 21, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?

I recently finished reading Scare The Light Away by Vicki Delany. This is what the book is about:

Secrets from the past…

For thirty years Rebecca McKenzie has tried to forget her life in Hope River, the isolated rural town where she was raised. But when she travels home to attend her mother’s funeral, she has to face her estranged family…and she’s shocked at how much has changed. Her older brother, Jimmy, seems like a mature, thoughtful man rather than the bully she
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Cathy Cole
Jan 26, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: I stood outside the hardware store at the unmarked intersection.

Widow Rebecca McKenzie has returned to Hope River, Ontario, after an absence of thirty years to attend her mother's funeral. Thirty years ago she was escaping from an abusive childhood and a psychopathic grandfather, and she's never wanted to go back. But here she is, amongst the family members she left behind so long ago, and she can see how much things have both changed... and remained the same. This is a visit that Re
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LJ
SCARE THE LIGHT AWAY (Trad. Mystery/Novel-Canada-Cont) – VG
Delany, Vicki – 1st book
Poisoned Pen Press, 2005, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1590581415
First Sentence: I stood outside the hardware store at the unmarked intersection.
*** After 30-years absence, Rebecca McKenzie returns to her family for the funeral of her mother and the small town where she was raised. She had harboured a lot of bitterness, over the years, but slowly comes to learn, partly through a collection of diaries left by her mother, t
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Debbie
May 28, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I did not want to put this book down after I started reading it. You get sucked in from the very beginning and it's as if your standing there watching as all this transpires. You know from when you start the story that something is just not right with the family, but it doesn't all come out at once. Once the main character moves back to her home town it just seems to make story tie together. It is actually 2 stories that are being told but it is done in such a way that it all ties together.
Judy B. Burford
Jun 24, 2013 Judy B. Burford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was difficult for me to put this book down to accomplish daily tasks that took me away from reading. I also couldn't skim read, something I sometimes do. I didn't want to miss a word. Vicki Delany writes with such color and imagery that I was spellbound by her words. Vicki also built "real" characters that came alive for me, even Sampson the dog. The story flowed unfolding an intersting plot full of emotions and tension. Furthermore, she didn't leave the reader flat, at the end of the story. ...more
Aaron Badgley
Very entertaining read, enjoyed it a great deal. Real page turner with lots of turns and twists. I also like the fact it is set in Canada. Wonderful read, and look forward to reading more by Vicki.
Elizabeth
Very atmospheric and well written story.
Wendy
Jan 13, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your usual, predictable police procedural or amateur sleuth tale. This is a family drama, for the most part, with a twist. Compelling story, well written. I look forward to reading more by this talented author.
Amanda Ishtayeh
Aug 15, 2009 Amanda Ishtayeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book about a mystery/family/secrets. I really enjoyed the bits of her mom via her diaries but wished there had been more. I also felt the ending needed a little more since the build up was so exciting. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Lynn Stadel-Paterson
I loved this book, how she gets to really know and understand her mother through the diaries she left behind, and the bond she forms with her brother as he goes through hard times when he is a suspect in a murder investigation.
Liz
Apr 24, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable - weaving the past with the present worked well. Ideal venue to explore a dysfunctional family.
Sueanne Suffolk
Jul 07, 2013 Sueanne Suffolk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Easy read. Family secrets and their impact.
Pam
Oct 25, 2007 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
10/26 rec from Poison Press book of the month club
Cindy
Jul 23, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!
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“It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the London Free Press.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers. Her popular Constable Molly Smith series (including In the Shadow of the Glacier and Among the Departed) have been optioned for TV by Brightlight Pictures.

She writes standalone novels of modern gothic suspense such as Burden of Memory and More than Sorrow, as w
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