Sixteen-year-old Lisa-Marie has been packed off to spend the summer with her aunt on the isolated shores of Crater Lake. She is drawn to Izzy Montgomery, a gifted trauma counsellor who is struggling through personal and professional challenges. Lisa-Marie also befriends Liam Collins, a man who goes quietly about his life trying to deal with his own secrets and guilt. The arrival of a summer renter for Izzy's guest cabin is the catalyst for change amongst Crater Lake's tight knit community. People are forced to grapple with the realities of grief and desire to discover that there are no easy choices - only shades of grey.
I was sent a copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review.
I gave this a 4.5 stars.
What a great debut novel from this Author. Francis Guenette has obviously drawn on some of her real life skills as the book centres predominantly around Izzy, a trauma counsellor and Lisa-Marie a young sixteen year old.
Izzy is like the light that attracts the moth and her ever open house, attracts plenty of characters all with their own troubles. I loved the way the characters stories became interlinked with one another and I felt that Caleb, Izzy's dead husband was as much a character in this story as the living.
With great attention to detail and description, this is a well written book on the whole.
At times I've often felt the same way as some of the characters, who feel like they almost disappear into the background in plain sight of others. Most of us will have felt like this from time to time. It certainly makes you think outside the box. At times it's a heart warming tale and at others it's less so as we learn of the past lives of the characters and the suffering that they've been through.
This was so nearly a 5 stars and I feel that it will stay with me for some time.
The great news is that a sequel has now been released, so I'll be able to read it soon hopefully, while this is stll fresh in mind.