Qualification of the tags/GoodReads Shelves: adult, anxiety, canada, children, death, depression, disabilities, ghosts, kindle, mystery, read, strong-Qualification of the tags/GoodReads Shelves: adult, anxiety, canada, children, death, depression, disabilities, ghosts, kindle, mystery, read, strong-fem
This is an adult book because of the fear it could cause in anyone but especially the young. It brought out my anxiety. Any mother would be anxious as she reads this!
This is in the author's country, Canada. It isn't over emphasized but makes you want to go there. It sounds like it must be absolutely beautiful!
This is about the kidnapping, torturing, dismembering and killing of children, which makes it a book I will never read again. I will forever have nightmares from this!
The main character's son has a disability. He is unable to speak. Yes, you do find out why.
Ghosts waft about and take over at times, be prepared. As usual, they need help.
Yes, I read this with text-to-speech on my Kindle.
I don't usually read mysteries, neither do I read books that will keep me awake or cause nightmares. The author leaves all the clues you need to solve the mystery. You do see it coming. Even still, as gruesome as this mystery is, you keep reading in hopes of closure for the poor mother who has been through enough.
Strong fem. She just doesn't know it. She hides from her own strength in her alcohol. But when she is more sober, facing her demons, so-to-speak, you know that any person would want to escape this mess, any way they could.
If I were into crime mysteries I think I would give this five stars. I prefer Cheryl Kaye Tardif's Whale Song....more
Remnants of Kleenex, a stack of napkins and a roll of toilet paper. Glad I didn't kill a tree for the actual book. I am, also, glad there is such a thRemnants of Kleenex, a stack of napkins and a roll of toilet paper. Glad I didn't kill a tree for the actual book. I am, also, glad there is such a thing as text-to-speech as I wouldn't have been able to get through this. After reading a few books about Chinese orphans I didn't think there were tears left.
If you are the kind of person who occasionally watched Beaches, just to get the sadness out, here is a book to take its place. The characters are well developed and likable. That's the problem. Death is actually the elephant in the room, the entire book. This was a tough book to get through.
I would have given this book five stars, the writing was excellent. I took off the two extra stars because for all the depressing angst, there didn't seem to be a pay-off. Death won. The end....more
I was so sad to see the last page of this book. Darcie Chan did a wonderful job developing the many characters in the small town that spoke to me fromI was so sad to see the last page of this book. Darcie Chan did a wonderful job developing the many characters in the small town that spoke to me from in my little Kindle world.
This must have been a freebie from Kindle or someone in one of my many online groups had spoken highly, so when I saw an article about Darcie Chan I looked and found to my surprise that I had one of her book sitting there in my Kindle wanting to be read.
How to describe it? Hallmark? Lifetime movie? But yet not so sappy. I remarked several times that there didn't seem to be a lot of tension. As an amateur writer, I have been told that good books had to have a lot of tension. But this had the tension that came from living everyday. Hardly noticeable. Most of the tension I felt was from the main character, Mary, dealing with social anxiety disorder, and most often failing at it. I can relate to her feelings and have felt them deeply myself. And as Mary grew her disorder grew into agoraphobia. Another disorder I fight with on a daily basis and as Mary often failed to overcome.
On the other hand, the book was as much about love and caring and growth. Even though Mary's best friend is a priest it isn't at all preachy. Just the story of growth as I said before.
Though I think that small children might get bored and a little older children might have a couple embarrassing questions for parents not ready for the light weight issues of adults, it was free of cursing or other issue that might stop parents from enjoying this as a family read. So I say, a great read for all. ...more
What a fun book! It was nice to be near the beach, if only in another character's reality.
Though there were editing issues, they weren't as bad as othWhat a fun book! It was nice to be near the beach, if only in another character's reality.
Though there were editing issues, they weren't as bad as others I have seen in Kindle products. And there were a few spots were the story got bogged down with details that could have been left out, most were repeats of information we had already been given. But other than that the story was fun and got quite exciting towards the end. Now I can't wait to read the next in the series!