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In Case I Go

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Young Eli - with the help of his friend Amy - finds himself answering for the mistakes of his late great-great grandfather. Both Eli and Amy have a foot in multiple worlds, and they relive and account for past lives of seduction and betrayal. This new kind of ghost story explores the ways we're haunted by the misdoings of ancestors.
ebook, 245 pages
Published October 16th 2017 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
In Case I Go caught my eye instantly. The blurb makes you feel like it's a book struggling with its identity – should I be a horror? A historical novel? Just a contemporary with magical realism? AND I LOVE THIS. Mixtures between genres make the best stories! If you've stumbled upon a book you can't place in a certain genre – ALWAYS GRAB IT, and that is the rule – unless you want to keep reading generic predictable stories?
(You can read this post on my blog as well.)

Eli is a ten year old

I was gifted the book by the author. At no time was it discussed that this gift came with the obligation of providing a positive review. I read the book immediately upon receiving it and did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I rated it honestly on Goodreads at 2/5. I found I couldn’t engage with the characters and the writing style was hard to follow. I was then contacted by the author, who was very offended that I rated her book so low, as she had given the book to me a
Lauren Davis
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was honored to provide a blurb for the cover... IN CASE I GO crackles with tension, mystery, and marvel from the opening pages. Intricately structured, saturated with compassion, and with a deep understanding for how the past affects the present, this novel is sure to win Angie Abdou the wide readership she deserves.
Melanie McFarlane
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this a while ago and forgot to post an update. Loved this book - thought-provoking with a touch of the thrills. Just what I like.
Steven Buechler
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t help but feel that Angie has empty many bits of her soul to give us this book. The story of Eli and his parents returning to their family home is a familiar one for many of us. Yet as in many cases, that return isn’t as calming and restorative as the family had hoped. And as young Eli friends Mary, a young Ktunaxa girl, spirits begin to haunt him, making him question the past actions of his family and the longings and desires of the present-day adults around him.

Dave Butler
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful piece of writing by Angie. This is an amazing story, full of complex and surprising layers, emotions and spirit(s), backstopped by strong landscapes and a respectful approach to the Ktunaxa indigenous culture. A small but compelling cast of characters makes for an intimate story that had me spellbound from the first sentence. A very powerful, haunting read.
Kristene Perron
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full confession: I've never read anything by Abdou that I didn't love completely. Having said that, I love this book the most.

As always, Abdou's characters are flawed and complicated, and beautiful because of (and despite) that. I know there's been controversy over this book and my only hope is that the fracas compels more people to read it. (My even bigger hope is that people come to the story without biases but that could be asking too much).

In Case I Go is about love, forgiveness, acceptanc
Lolly K Dandeneau
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
via my blog:
“She put too much weight in little signs, that girls, and allowed herself to believe in the watery promises of the heated moments.”

In Case I Go is a unique story in that it is a haunting of sorts, a ghost story that is more slips through time and a barrage of memories of guilt, shame, and passion. Just who do those memories belong too, though? “Like you and your family, Elijah.” Mary says. “You’re an invasive species.” Over time, he will come to
Niloufar-Lily Soltani
The use of ghosts and spirits to depict a story that roots in the history of our land is fascinating. The story, dialogues and characters are so real that I felt my spirit was standing behind the windows of Sam and Lucy’s houses, watching their lives, wondering what should be done about their problems. Do they know and care about what is going on with the ten year old Elly and his friend Mary? As the story develops, the reader realizes that these characters live among the spirits, but as said in ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, a very powerful, intricate novel by a writer who gets better at her craft with each book. The central conceit peeks in slowly in bits starting around the middle of the book. This started life as a ghost story, but evolved in the writing into more of a spirit story. I won't repeat the book's details; you can get that in the blurb or other reviews, but it takes place in the present and the past (around WW1). The Coalton town is a fictional name for Fernie BC. There are a Syrian, whites (inclu ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not surprised that other reviewers have mentioned the difficulty in pigeonholing this novel into a specific genre, because it has aspects of contemporary and historical fiction, mystery, and even the supernatural. A little boy, raised by self-absorbed parents, is haunted by voices and images that begin to appear when the family moves back to his grandfather's cabin in a small mining town in the East Kootenay. The story unfolds in a most satisfactory way, harkening back to the days of the ear ...more
Suzanne L.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very different and moving ghost story with historic touches, related through the sensibilities of a ten year old asthmatic empath who becomes a spiritual conduit for a deceased grandparent. Themes of personal alienation, loss, and the weight of past transgressions abound, culminating in an Indigenous exorcism.
Abdou sustains a vivid lyricism, entangled with her psychologically complex characters, and creates a stunning, and must read novel. I read it in its entirety while flying from Toronto
Sarah Boon
Not sure this is my kind of book, with people inhabited by spirits etc. I also found some of the characters actions not plausible - wouldn't Elijah's parents be more concerned about his illness? Why would Elijah's mom write letters to him, but only 3? And when you slide in something about a main character being bipolar, you should make an attempt to thread that through the story more deftly (and accurately) rather than dropping it like a small bomb and then leaving it behind. The visit to the Ne ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Case I Go is beautiful. The narrator’s voice is unique and captivating, the characters are complicated and distinct. Everyone we meet in this story is valuable. The story doesn’t ask for sympathy. “All you have to do is say YES. Yes, this happened. We can start there.” I loved it.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something for everyone, ghosts, indigenous, environment, romance, history, mystery, immigration, and more...all in one strange story set right around here. I loved it.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic, fantasy, ww
In "In Case I Go," Abdou has written an intriguing story, with well-written characters, natural voices, and a full, rounded plot. She looks into the history of a people not her own by stepping into the perspective of her own history, and this approach works well: I had a good idea of both the facts and emotions of the Indigenous community represented in the text, but it didn't feel as though Abdou was taking control of their history or overstepping her bounds. It's clear that she did valuable re ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. I heard Angie speak about her process writing this book, and it was really interesting to think of how this book changed from a genre-horror story to something a bit more ambiguous in scope. The supernatural is woven into the story in a way that feels natural for the characters, even though it was oftentimes overwhelming and even terrifying for them. I was drawn into Eli's struggle to distinguish past from present, and really felt lik ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite book by Angie Abdou who has an incredible imagination to create this unique story. Eli is such a likeable character, it was hard not to keep turning the pages to find out where the ghost-like connection with his great-great grandfather would take him.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really hard to categorize; it's like a cross between a ghost story and historical fiction, mixed in with some magical realism. And it works beautifully. 

The story is haunting in its prose and in the way it takes the present and blends it with the past. It speaks about regrets and how one's sins can carry forward. There are so many layers to peel back with this story, and I love how it was steeped in facts about the Aboriginal community. In fact, the author did a fantastic job of rep
Cheyanne Zalesak
I enjoyed reading this book, and appreciate the setting. The idea that the story presents is interesting but i often times found myself feeling like i was re reading the same thing over again, despite having read another chapter. The ending felt somewhat rushed. It felt like the idea was there but the path between home and the end was missing something.
I would try to read another book by this author.
Brian Borgford
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A big burden for a young guy. Eli carries childhood illness and the errors of his ancestors upon his small shoulders. He gradually uncovers the source of his problems but needs help from the community to reach resolution. Well written suspense novel with a subtle ghost story looming on every page. An exciting climax with a satisfying ending.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
As usual I absolutely loved Angie’s latest. I love her writing and I absolutely love that each of her books is completely different not just in tone but also in genre. This is by far the spookiest she’s written yet. Once again she deals with complex issues faced by complex people. Definitely one of my go-to authors.
Emily Ferko
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
It was kind of neat to read a story set in Fernie (at least that was what I was told).
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, even though i'm not a big fan of "ghost" stories. It's not truly a ghost story, not horror, yet it delves deeply into the spirit world.
Are you accountable for the sins of your forefathers? Or do we as a society, just need to acknowledge how we are affected by our past mistakes?
Full of tension, mystery, and compassion, this story is a unique view of how the past affected two families in the Crowsnest Pass.
Did the author's ancestors inspire this piece of historical fic
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Angie Abdou was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She received an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Regina, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. She makes her home in the Canadian Rockies along the BC/Alberta border with her husband and two childr ...more

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