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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio (1 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1721349286
- ISBN-13: 978-1721349289
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 14 x 1.3 cm
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Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine's eight previous novels have been translated into numerous languages. Most recently, her novel The Good Liar was an instant Globe and Mail and a Toronto Star bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book of April (Suspense & Thrillers), and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She's a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. Visit Catherine online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter or Instagram at @catherinemckenzieauthor.
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For me, though, this is a slow burn story, not a thrill a minute narration, which probably makes it more true to life. I believe the book would appeal more to a female readership. Recommended.
This book is about a family who gradually seems to loose touch with each other after a accident 20 years ago.
When suddenly they are forced into a decision that they don't want to make.
A book that has a few twists in it. An outcome that isn't easy to guess 🙄
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In 1998, at the Macaw camp, an incident occurs where a teenager called Amanda is attacked. By whom? That’s the idea behind this drawn out drivel. There are contradictory assumptions as to the perpetrator. 20 years later, the family have to decide what the future is of the camp, now that the parents/owners of the camp have died. The main suspect, the son Ryan, could lose his share of the camp. So can Ryan be cleared?
None of the family members are memorable (there are five siblings) In the end I wasn’t bothered who was responsible for Amanda’s demise. Considering this author has written, allegedly, a number of best sellers then I’d hate to think what previous books are like.
Please, try something else, unless you need an inducement to sleep.
I thought the premise was interesting. As a British reader, the idea of a story set in a summer camp was intriguing along with how actions reverberate over the years. But this is so slow. The narrative switches back and forth between the main characters, but I found that interrupted the flow and slowed the pace. Added to which, none of the individuals are particularly memorable or even likeable. I had some initial sympathy for the victim, but didn’t feel invested enough to care much about what had happened, who had done what and why.
The writing is dull. Overdescrptive rather than letting the reader build a picture and the dialogue is pedantic. There’s no tension, not much plot and it wouldn’t encourage me to read anything else by this author.
The story is told in the past and present from the viewpoint of each sibling, and the victim of the incident 20 years before that underpins the terms of the will.
An interesting premise for a story, and an absorbing page turner.
The story is told from the points of view of the siblings, Sean and Amanda and it unfolded well and kept me interested throughout. The guilty person kept switching in a tantalising way until I suppose ultimately they were all ruled out bar one! All the characters were pretty messed up in one way or another but I’m sure much of that was down to the rather removed parenting they received. Their mother was a shadowy figure who seemed to have only a vague presence in her children’s lives. Their father had obviously watched his children over the years as he had compiled a file about them which seemed very creepy and it was also clear that he held his children at arms length. These two things seemed very at odds with each other. As a result of their elusive parenting each sibling ended up hiding their true selves which through the cathartic but heart wrenching search for the truth they each confronted their issues and hopefully they were able to move forward freely and honestly without the cloak of past lies.
Overall, a good read.
A Summer Camp sets the scene and the author writes seamlessly to lure the reader into this 'whodunit' novel. The descriptive narrative allows the reader to easily visualise the camp and its surroundings. The 5 siblings are also developed well, especially when considering they each act as a protagonist at certain points throughout the story - this cannot have been an easy feat.
Readers are invited to detect which of the characters are guilty of a murder that happened at the Camp 20 years previous, and as the story unravels so do the family's secrets. A number of storylines are entwined as undertones of the main plot, and red herrings are cleverly used to keep the reader guessing until the very end. I thought I had ascertained who the murderer was early on in the book and I was disappointed when my prediction looked to be correct - it just felt too easy. Needless to say, I was wrong - the plot continued to thicken and when the real killer was finally revealed I was pleasantly surprised.
If you are considering whether to read this novel - don't think about it, just read it! If murder mysteries are the genre for you, then this book is a perfect choice. Enjoy!
There are a few characters and with her naming 2 of them Margaux and Mary I kept getting them confused in my head and then needing to restart their particular chapters again. And THEY weren't the twins, either ! I think I liked the twins the most out of all of them, actually.
It's one of these stories where any one of those featured could be the guilty party and as it goes along you find yourself convinced of his or her guilt and still not getting it right ! Their parents sounded like a pair of nightmares, too......they treated their offspring badly enough and I wasn't impressed by their treatment of Buster, either. There were a couple of real shocks/surprises as we went along and Sean made me sniffy at one point, too.
It wasn't clear all along, really, exactly where this story is set. I think it's near or in Canada. It wasn't ever confirmed that I noticed.
It is superbly presented with no mistakes that I spotted, either, which is pretty impressive !!
Unfortunately, I found the multi narrator confusing, none of the characters were particularly distinguishable from the other, particularly the twins, the story wasn’t captivating and I just found it really dull and repetitive. I didn’t care whodunnit by about halfway through.
Will try her next book but this one just was not for me.
Set over a few days, adult siblings return to their childhood home with a mystery hanging over them. Told from alternating points of view, the book is narrated by the 5 MacAllister siblings as well as Sean and – from 20 years ago – Amanda.
The book is as much about the characters’ relationships with each other as about the mystery itself, and I liked the interactions between them. Top end of 4* and I will look out for more by Catherine McKenzie.
It started off well but I some how got lost in the story and the odd bits of date time line didn't help.
May be if I 're,read at a later date and not have so many days between reading I might get 5 out of 5
But don't let me put you off the book.
Lots of twists and turns which spike interest throughout leaving you desperate to know the culprit but also evaluate the loyalty of your own family situation. Recommended.
Every few chapters I found myself changing my mind over who was the guilty one.
Part of me did wished it ended in a different way, I did feel that was probably the weakest part.
First book of Catherine McKenzie that I've read and I'd happily read her others!