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Sugarmilk Falls

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Hidden among the glacial hills and lakes of the Canadian Shield lies Sugarmilk Falls, a close-knit community with the worst of secrets. Everyone, including the aging priest and the town’s sole policeman, who have their own reasons for concealing the facts, remembers a different version of what really happened there over twenty years ago.

But secrets cannot stay buried fore
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by McClelland & Stewart (first published April 5th 2005)
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Norton Stone
An interesting setting and cast of characters. I found it confusing because who the narrator was at any given point was impossible to fathom. That gave it a slightly mystical feel but sadly the plot did not come together sufficiently well for me to be able to love it. The emergence of a narrator at the end was simply too convenient and it struck me that this needed a strong editor to help structure the novel and perhaps have sent the author away to look for a stronger finale. All the elements ar ...more
I'm willing to admit that I don't always finish novels. It doesn't happen often, but once in a while, something prevents me from finishing something that I'm trying to read.

That's what happened the first time I picked up Sugarmilk Falls, by Ilona Van Mil. It was a few years back, and now I can't quite remember why I stopped reading it.

But a couple of weeks ago, it jumped out at me from my bookshelf. I decided I needed to give it another shot.

Sugarmilk Falls is a small community in northern Canad
Jan 08, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
I love the mood of anything set in either Canada or the Pacific NW. I found myself loving parts of this, but the anonymity of the "outsider" until the very end felt like an after thought to me. I didn't mind the presence throughout but at the end when the focus is turned around it felt utterly anti climactic.
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