Sunday, March 15, 2009

I FINALLY finished this book.  It took me 
forever, not because it was bad, but because I only read it 
before bed.  Then, when I really got
 into it, I had to keep going back to make sure I hadn't missed a single clue.  About two thirds of the way through, I stopped with the "only before bed" and couldn't put it down.  I read it straight through.

This was the book that my surgeon, Dr. Soissen, suggested to me a few months ago.  I hesitate to make a blanket recommendation to the world.  It has overtaken my thoughts since finishing it.  It doesn't have much to do with wolves (which was my first hang up about reading it).  
So, let me tell you a little about it and you can decide for yourself:
  • It's a wonderful murder mystery.
  • It takes place in 1867 in the frozen tundra near the Hudson Bay in Northern Canada.  Brrrr....I've never "felt" the cold while reading a book like I did with this book.

I loved the different voices.  The entire book is delivered in third person except for one character, Mrs. Ross.  She is the only one who tells the story in first person.  I LOVED that about this book.  I want more Mrs. Ross books.

The author, Steff Penney is actually a screen writer.  This is her first novel.  I think she is so cool.  She is very talented.  In this, her very first novel she weaved suspense, revelation, and humor (a bit)  into such a great thriller.  It was romantic without the old "in your face" romance.  She was one of the best storytellers I have read in quite a while.

Wow!  After reading my review, I guess I really did love it.  I think I'll read it again.  If any of you decide to read it, please let me know what you think.

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