Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Force of Nature by Dan McEwen: Book Review

Part ghost story, part treasure hunt, part romance, A Force of Nature is all entertainment!!

Do you believe in Fate? Would you recognize it if it was happening to you? Then you'll want to meet Toronto PR guru Claire Chandler. She grew up convinced greatness awaited her. Why else had she survived a series of bizarre childhood tragedies? Yet she doesn't see what's coming when she journeys north on a long weekend in August to Bay Harbour, a post-card pretty tourist town on the edge of Canada's popular Georgian Bay vacationlands. She thinks she's there to reconnect with a former mentor. But Chandler's chilling affinity for the “unnatural and unexplained”, a macabre “gift” that once made her a freak of nature to classmates, will make her a force of Nature. Shadowed by a ghostly white wolf and haunted by the victims of a long-dead killer, she'll discover a startling new ending to a fifty year-old mystery. She'll also discover romance with Tom Katz, an affable, treasure-hunting bush pilot with a reputation for living up to his name. They're an unlikely pair and Chandler thinks it's just a summer fling. Instead, a series of white-knuckle adventures will bring them to a time, a place and a choice that will forever link their lives.

A debut novel by a practised writer, A Force of Nature puts a “crisp, intelligent and engaging” spin on the mystery genre.

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While for me the book started out a little slow, after a bit I just relaxed into the story and found that I really enjoyed the journey.  The solid mystery coupled with interesting characters and a mystical wolf that appeared only to select individuals at rare but important moments kept me enchanted and engrossed.  I found the writing descriptive, and the words flowed with a wonderful rhythmic musicality that I really liked. I enjoyed reading this book.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

Meet the Author

Dan McEwen is a former speechwriter, copywriter, script writer, ghostwriter, storyteller, playwright and journalist whose by-line has appeared in several national and international publications. He began his 40-year career as a journeyman wordsmith in mid-northern Ontario, Canada where his novel is set and where he has spent countless treasured hours hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing. Retired, he lives with his three cats and a dog in Ridgetown, Ontario.

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