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Let the Shadows Fall Behind You

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Filled with quirky, heartwarming characters, this novel is a late coming-of-age story shaped by the eternal redeeming power of female friendship. Brannagh Maloney returns to her hometown for a reunion of old friends, carrying the burden of thinking she has lost her lover, Nikolai Mirsky. Once there, she finds it hard to ignore old family secrets, and decides to visit the h ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Kunati Inc.
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Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The early chapters of Let the Shadows Fall Behind You presents a dense network of mysteries woven together by parallel stories set in the past and present. Our heroine is Brannagh; an artist working with an environmental organization. She has a lot of skeletons in her closet with more still to store.

Brannagh's past is filled with tragedy and murder; including the grizzly death of her mother. More recently, her boyfriend has disappeared without note or clue and there's even a hard-nosed cop who'
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU may by Kathy-Diane Leveille's first novel, but if this book is any indication of her gifts both as a weaver of fascinating stories and a poet of natural expression then it will most assuredly will not be her last! There is at the core of this novel a finely tuned story that mixes contemporary action with reflective passages of each character's past, a technique that for some can be burdensome in that time frames tend to blur. For the sophisticated reader this tech ...more
Ramona Gault
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gothic mystery lovers
I’ll go out on a metaphoric limb and say that this is a post-modern gothic novel, in that the heroine is not in actual physical danger, but she is mighty, mighty confused. Brannagh keeps losing key people from her life, and she doesn’t know why they disappear. The story is all about how Brannagh tries to make sense of her life and these losses, now that she is a young adult and many of the people who know the answers are silent and/or dead. Her mother vanished when Brannagh was a child and no on ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Another enjoyable first reads win. This was a nice dose of Canadian flavour. ;-)
Several mysteries are braided together here--some present and some past. "Present" in this case being 1970, and past being the 1950s. Each of the mysteries weaves seductively in and out of the narrative as the truth is gradually revealed.

Brannagh Maloney's boss/boyfriend Nikki disappears on purpose from their work site in Northern Ontario. After a long time with no word from him, Brannagh allows her childhood friend
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much for this great book! Don't know what I did to deserve this.

Again, I am not gonna summon up the story, that I leave to others. Or You can just read the writers summary. I am telling you what I thought of it.

Kathy-Diane Leveille has a very poetic, filigreed yet catchy, articulated and brainy writing style. Lovely!

The story,- and time lines are quite artistically woven together, to keep you want to read and know more. At times it was sad to read, then again romantic and subtly hum
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Kathy is a fine writer. She can make a mundane observation fresh, original, and relevant with her writing style.

For me this book is about how lives can be changed, damaged, or altered by people being self-centred and corrupted by power.

Kathy's book involves the lives of four women who have been friends since childhood. The story is told through the voice of Brannaugh one of these women. After Brannaugh experiences the mysterious loss of a lover, she is asked to come home by one of her friends,
Chelle Cordero
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Chelle by: Kathy-Diane
This is an intricate story where the memories of the past and the discoveries of the present weave themselves together to heal wounds and answer haunting questions.

Leveille uses the many seemingly unrelated events of complicated lives to help show how the characters got to where they are today and how the hidden scars of the past have affected them, changed them and molded them..

This is almost a coming of age stgory where the characters learn to undersand themselves and grow. Very well done boo
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Only in it a couple of pages, but its already got my attention.
May 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Brannaugh Maloney loved her boyfriend Nikolai "Nikki" Mirsky. Which is a good thing as Nikki also happens to be her boss. Nikki is a wilderness preservationist. Brannaugh works for him as a cataloguer.

Nikki will be going away for a week long conference. Instead of staying at the hotel with the rest of the attendees, Nikki will be staying at a cabin that his assistant, Alex Turner found. It is rumored that the cabin is haunted. Story has it that the cabin was built by a prospector for his mail-o
Julia Madeleine
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let The Shadows Fall Behind You
By Kathy-Diane Leveille
iUniverse 2009

Brannagh Maloney is working in Northern Ontario with a crew of wilderness preservationists tracking birds, when her boyfriend Nikki goes missing. Heartbroken over his disappearance, Brannagh travels back to her childhood home in Saint John’s, New Brunswick, where she reconnects with her girlhood friends. There she begins to unravel a bigger mystery from her past: the murder of her mother and her best friend’s little brother.

Corinne Wasilewski
I was tempted to put this book down after the first few pages. The writing struck me as choppy and disjointed and the dialogue fell flat. But, because I have this insane need to finish what I start, I kept going. Fortunately for me, the writing improved and as the story progressed it became quite engaging. I loved that a large part of the book was set in Saint John. I spent a couple of years on Lancaster Avenue just a few houses up from the 'provincial asylum' so the landmarks were very familiar ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the main character's boyfriend goes missing and she begins to fall apart, she meets up with her childhood best friends in some sort of an "intervention" and she must deal with the events and people of her past in order to move forward.

The story moved cleanly between time periods so there was no confusion, and the story revealed itself at exactly the right pace.
Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd, read-in-2015
Interesting but too much jumping from present to past to farther past.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, owned
The author writes technically very well, but I never cared about the characters or their stories. Too many flashbacks for my taste.
Darcy Stewart
Oct 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Her new novel "Standing in the Whale's Jaw" is published by Tightrope Books

Author, Kathy-Diane Leveille, is a former broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Her settings and especially her characters are keenly observed and full of sensual presence. - The Globe and Mail

Leveille writes of heartbreak and redemption and all the dizzy, dancing moments in-between. -Carole Brune
“Brannagh Maloney had lived with disappearances all her life. They were as familiar to her as the changing of the Fundy tides. People who disappeared left cast-off shadows of themselves, murky tremblings that slunk out of corners on drizzly autumn afternoons. They lurked offstage, silent or sighing or reaching out to run a finger across her arm. They were the curtains fluttering in the window on a breezeless morning, the musty scent that arose when opening an abandoned cellar door.

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