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The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
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Sep 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: my-five-star-rated
Read in September, 2011

In a word ... wonderful!

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 favourite albums: Norah Jones's Come Away With Me with its quiet elegance. I think it has the potential of becoming a great classic. It's very, very good but not perfect - occasionally the transitions between sentences were a little jerky and pulled me back from my total absorption, reminding me that I was reading a book and not a part of Mary McAllister's world. The book is well edited, but in the hands of an experienced editor who would give it the tiny tweaks it needs, it could become a masterpiece.

I commend Ms Chan on her beautiful debut novel and hope to read many more by her in the future.
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