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Scare the Light Away

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  83 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Recently widowed Rebecca McKenzie, a successful Vancouver businesswoman, returns to small-town Hope River after an absence of 30 years to attend her mother's funeral. Estranged from her father and two older siblings, she's left a brutal childhood and a psychopathic grandfather behind. She expects her visit home to be short. but then she discovers the diaries written by her ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2005)
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Eric Wright
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathy Cole
Jan 26, 2013 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
Elizabeth Elwood
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very engaging book set in a small town in northern Ontario. The heroine, Rebecca Mackenzie, is a widowed career woman who lives in Vancouver but, along with her highly appealing dog, Samson, she returns to the town where she grew up so she can attend her mother’s funeral. Rebecca has no desire to stay any longer than necessary since, much as she loved her mother, her memories of home, with a bully of a grandfather, a hated brother and a jealous older sister, still cause her to feel bi ...more
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
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
Terralyn Brown Barfield
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Good first novel. Will be looking for more from Vicki Delany.
Vicki Gooding
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Judy B. Burford
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Lynn Stadel-Paterson
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aaron Badgley
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sueanne Suffolk
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book. Easy read. Family secrets and their impact.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable - weaving the past with the present worked well. Ideal venue to explore a dysfunctional family.
Oct 25, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
10/26 rec from Poison Press book of the month club
Very atmospheric and well written story.
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