Book Review: So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum

Book Review: So Much Love by Rebecca RosenblumTitle: So Much Love
Author: Rebecca Rosenblum
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

When a young woman named Catherine Reindeer vanishes without a trace from her small town, those who know her are left to cope with her absence. Moving back and forth from her outer circle of acquaintances to her closest intimates, Rebecca Rosenblum’s first novel reveals how the lives of those left behind can be overturned in the wake of an unexplained disappearance. But at the heart of the novel is Catherine’s own surprising story of resilience and recovery.

When a final devastating loss after months of captivity forces her to make a bold decision, she is unprepared for everything that follows her dramatic escape. Woven throughout are stories about a local female poet who was murdered decades earlier, a woman whose life and work become a lifeline for Catherine during her darkest hours—and who may ultimately hold the key to Catherine’s quest to find solace in the aftermath of unimaginable tragedy.

So Much Love is a haunting novel of longing and loss, the necessity of bearing witness, and how the stories we tell have the power to shape our lives.

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Book Review: So Much Love

One thing that makes a great thriller is a story that has so much potentiality for the reader. The possibility that one might be kidnapped is a terrifying thought and the main character in So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum is one who has great strength in spite of her fate. This novel is beautifully written and contains so many Canadian references, that will make many Canadian readers envision some of the setting with ease. Continue reading

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret AtwoodTitle: The Heart Goes Last (Positron)
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: September 29, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin.

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around - and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in... for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes.

At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

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Review: The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood takes the reader on a veritable roller coaster ride. In classic Atwood style, she has created a world that is downright frightening. The alternating perspectives add depth to the story and the development of the characters. However, the sexual content that appears in the story goes a little bit too far for my taste. Continue reading