Review published on May 10, 2017.
1967 – the summer of love – and the campers and holiday home owners are arriving for the summer at the tiny settlement of Boundary on the Canadian/US border.
The trails through the woods and the paths around the lake abound with wildlife, but also with tales of a loner Pete Landry. The trapper’s shack is nestled under Moose Trap Hill and Landry’s ghost lives on in the forest.
The idyllic scene is disrupted by the disappearance of one of the young girls who play on the shores of the lake and run up and down the hill singing joyfully.
This cleverly crafted novel contains beautifully descriptive writing portraying the lakeside and the depths of the dark forest.
The mixture of American and French Canadian holidaymakers is echoed in the language used, whilst the narration, which leapfrogs backwards and forwards in time, is a mixture of straightforward storytelling and the memories of a young girl spending the summer vacation here and watching the drama unfold.
Add to this the agony and difficulties of Chief Inspector Michaud and his deputy, who have been assigned to the case. As they struggle to solve the crime, their thought processes are rigorously examined, adding an extra dimension to this most compelling and fast moving tale.
Competently translated from the original French by Donald Winkler, this book had me guessing right to the very end – surely the mark of a good thriller, which this most definitely is.
Lesley Jean Cook 5/5
Boundary by Andree Michaud
No Exit Press 9781843449980 hbk Mar 2017
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