As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Canada’s Dove River in 1867, a man is brutally murdered and a 17-year-old boy disappears. Tracks leaving the dead man’s cabin head north toward the forest and the tundra beyond. In the wake of such violence, people are drawn to the township — but do they want to solve the crime or exploit it? One by one, the assembled searchers set out to pursue the tracks across a desolate landscape, home only to wild animals, madmen and fugitives. Stef Penney weaves adventure, suspense, revelation and humour into a gripping historical tale, an exhilarating thriller and a keen murder mystery.
©2006 Stef Penney (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd
"It's a fascinating, suspense-filled adventure, a refreshing contrast to the conventional murder mystery." (Telegraph)
"This is an original and readable mixture of mystery and history, with a good dollop of old-fashioned adventure." (The Times)
"Bitingly atmospheric and craftily constructed." (Independent)
Certainly. The absence of graphic, brutal violence against women was refreshing. Respect for the reader's intelligence and imagination was evident and much appreciated.
Although this listen does not compare with the more complex novels I prefer, it was a welcome relief. The lyrical descriptions of every kind of snowy landscape were delightful and although there were no plot convolutions, the development of the tale was well paced and satisfying.
No. Ms Armstrong's evocation of a Scottish accent seemed fine enough and it no doubt helped develop a greater sense of authenticity. Mr Sims seemed quite able to simulate a burgeoning Canadian- like accent and there was no heavy handed attempts, thankfully, to replicate Native Indian accents.
Guess it would be Mrs Ross. How on earth did she find all that strength and endurance even if she was a farmer's wife? Hope she never returned and stayed in Dove River.
Choose this on a hot series of days for an untroubled need to pass time. This is not to diminish the skill of the Author because it is well written. There are just none of the usual overwrought plot lines and ghastly details. Lovely.
"The most amazing book that I have read or heard"
I first heard part of a heavily abridged version of this book on radio 4 which caught my interest and so it became my first audio book.
What a choice. At its heart is a brutal murder but it is the characters, so vivid, each with their own story and part to play, that made me love every moment and revelation.
The scenery and conditions are so beautifully described that I could shiver along with these people i'd fallen in love with whilst tucked up tight under my quilt.
The dual narration was something that I'd never come across before and these narrators are absolutely perfect for the book.
After reaching the end I listened again to make sure I had missed not one description, comment or in fact anything and now I'm saving it, holding back to listen and love it again.
One final point, this is not a romance as such but the writing made my heart ache for there is much love here, love unrequited and hearts that are hurt.
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