Haunting and beautifully written…
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Luce lives contentedly in her isolated life until she is given the care of her murdered sister’s two young children. Damaged and made distrustful of people by their experience, Luce tries to find ways to get through the protective shell they have developed to keep out the world – a world that becomes ever more threatening as their step-father arrives in town.
Charles Frazier has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking book here. He slowly introduces us to each of the characters, allowing time for us to understand what has shaped each one and brought them to this place at this time.
The theme of survival runs strong through the book. Luce’s own story is as bleak as that of the children but her strength has made her able to carve out a lifestyle that gives her contentment. When that contentment is threatened, the characters are plunged into a different kind of struggle for survival as they find themselves having to face the dangers of the wooded mountainside in winter.
The author conveys a real sense of place and time. The description of the small-town community in the ‘50s comes over as completely authentic; and the natural world of the mountain, woods and lake is depicted in a way that gives a sense of power and timelessness to set against the brief and petty struggles of humans.
This is not a car-chase, gun-shooting type of thriller – it is much more than that. A slow-burner, building an ever-increasing atmosphere of fear and unease. But there is also warmth here, room for hope and kindness and love. A beautifully written, haunting novel – highly recommended.
NB This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine UK.