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Poisoned Pen Press, September 2012. ISBN: 978-1-59058-985-4 (HB) 978-1-59058-987-8 (TPB)
Hannah Manning, a war
correspondent injured by an IED in Afghanistan, is recuperating at her
sister’s farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario.Whilst there she is plagued by memories of
her life before the bomb and suffers some traumatic flashbacks and extreme
headaches.As she is recovering she
meets and makes friends with an Afghan woman, Hila, who is also suffering losses
and trauma from the war. When Hila goes
missing and then is found dead, Hannah cannot account for her whereabouts as
her brain injuries create lapses in her mind and consciousness.
Alongside Hannah’s story runs the story of Maggie an
American Loyalist who fled to Canada
in the 1780s, arriving to live on the land in Prince Edward Country at a point
when life was cheap and harsh.Abused by
her husband’s relatives and treated like a servant her thoughts and experiences
weave throughout the main narrative, creating a parallel between the
experiences of prejudice against refugees and the tough nature of working on
Hannah immerses herself in the letters and diaries of the
Loyalist settlers in the attic of the farm and she begins to get some
hallucinations or feelings linked with Maggie and her experiences.Along with the mystery of Hila’s death the
two stories start to converge and Hannah and her niece, Lily, are dragged along
with it, putting both their lives in danger.
This is a modern style gothic novel, containing some
familiar elements: a mystery, an isolated location (even in modern Canada),
a supernatural link, hidden treasure, some dominant male characters and a
ghostly presence.The contemporary back
drop of the Afghan war and the more historical US Civil war references create a
well written and researched suspense novel.Little details, like those about running a small scale farm and the
hardships of Loyalists fleeing the US, ensure that the narrative has a
depth which supports both the story lines and makes the writing richer.
I have only just come across Vicki Delany, having been
introduced to her Constable Molly Smith books and, incidentally, Prince Edward
County this summer.More Than Sorrow is a departure from her more traditional mystery
stories, but is a nicely written and compelling read from
start to finish.
Reviewer: Amanda Brown.
Vicki Delany began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a
single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a
computer programmer. Sunday afternoon was – and at that, only now and again –
the only time she had to spend all by herself, with a single candle on her desk
for a bit of atmosphere. After her three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew
the coop, Vicki had more time to devote to her writing. She was able to
write three novels of suspense, set in Ontario,
two of which, Scare the Light Away and Burden
of Memory were published to critical acclaim by Poisoned Pen Press
of Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a
systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario.
At that time In theShadow
of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in
the British Columbia Interior was published. After travelling around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, she bought
a home in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears
a watch and can write whenever she feels like it. Since settling in Prince Edward
County, Vicki has
continued with her writing career, publishing books in three different
sub-genres as well as a book for adults with low literacy skills.