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The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
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Sep 20, 2011

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Read from September 20 to 24, 2011

Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, she chooses to live her life away from people.
Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below. The townspeople know nothing about her, even though she has secretly done a lot for the town over the years. The story switches back and forth between the story of Mary, from her youth to her old age, and the stories of other members of the town. Some of the side stories don't seem to be connected, but at the end they all come together. Some of the characters actions didn't ring totally true with LeRoy. Would a police officer really think he could get away with something like what he did and not get caught?
This was an easy and enjoyable read. I never got bored with the story, but in the end it was all just a little too "sweet" for me.
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