Let me first say that I've yet to experience the works of a Canadian author that falls short of amazing and pleasantly consuming.
A family living in a small town north of Quebec, thrown into the shadow of grief after the loss of their son and brother. The opening scene/first chapter alone might have been enough for me to rate this book at 4 stars-I was that consumed by emotion already.
Dani Couture created a real gem with this book. I refrained from 5 stars only because I wanted more at the end, but as I unfortunately realize every time, no book can go on forever. The characters in this book were full and satisfyingly relatable, their surroundings descriptive, yet not overwhelmingly so. The lack of dates confused me slightly in terms of the random flashbacks, but that was no fault of the authors', the book flowed smoothly enough to support it.
I've read countless books that attempt to capture the diverse emotions of grief and mourning, all of them becoming a united blur with their similarities and cliches. This author handed me something completely different with her story of tragedy and it's consequences, and for that, I cannot thank her enough. I will be patiently awaiting her next book.