I picked this book up hastily at a Canadian bookstore, unsure if it would be terrible or good. I was pleasantly surprised.
I enjoyed the writing style - descriptions were pleasant and not overdone, and despite a large number of characters, I was easily able to follow along and understand the relationship between all without having to flip back to remind myself. The characters were nicely developed where necessary, and this author is the type that doesn't write anything without a purpose.
The ending was a bit less sinister than I had hoped given the amount of build up to the last 10 pages. Being a mystery junkie, I actually predicted one of the crucial elements of the storyline and was hoping for it to be expanded upon more deeply with some kind of twist, but that wasn't really there.
Regardless, it was a quick, enjoyable read with a lot of thought put into the characters and the details. It also proved to be an interesting historical perspective on the relationship between the French and the English in Canada. My mother is Canadian (I am American), so it taught me quite a bit.
Overall, definitely recommended for those who enjoy puzzle piece mysteries. An intriguing, character-driven plotline with an interesting end. Not super poignant, but a solid read.