Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott

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“This was the line between here and there. No landwash, no vague intertidal zone, no undecided. She stood at the edge, a mass of instincts and yearnings and despair, while the dawn painted itself in around her, shade by delicate shade.”

Catching the Light is a lovely book that initially appealed to me due to its setting, with much of it taking place in a small fictional town in Newfoundland as well as the very real city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The story mainly focuses on two characters: Cathy, a talented young artist who is struggling in school and is an outcast in the community, and Hutch, a popular kid in school who is charismatic, athletic, and ambitious. Through alternating points of view we follow each of these characters over the course of a few years, from high school through university, as they deal with personal struggles, insecurities, obstacles, successes, and failures. Cathy desires, more than anything, to be an artist and to leave the small town of Mariner’s Cove, however her struggle with reading has set her back and there is a great sense of hopelessness and impossibility when she thinks about where she wants to be, and what she wants to achieve. Hutch, on the other hand, seems to have it all figured out with plans A through C, and to him it is just a matter of time before he is on his way to achieving whatever he sets his mind to. However, a tragic event changes everything and he is forced to reevaluate his future.  Continue reading “Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott”

The Fundy Vault by Linda Moore

img_3627“If I had just kept my nose in my book – if only I hadn’t looked up when I heard the crows.”

The Fundy Vault is the latest release in a mystery series that follows criminologist, Rosalind. In this second installment she has rented a cottage on Minas Basin in Nova Scotia, where she plans to explore ideas for her next theatre production. However, soon after her arrival she spots a body, which she witnesses being retrieved by a mysterious helicopter/team. She calls in her old sleuthing partner, McBride who ends up disappearing during their investigation and Rosalind is left to search for clues and figure out the truth.

I very much enjoy a good mystery novel, especially in the form of a series that I can follow and look forward to new releases. The main thing that draws me into a series is the compelling nature of the characters who carry the story and piece together the mystery. From the beginning of this novel it is clear that it has those kind of characters, ones that will interest you and have you turning the pages to see what will happen and where the story will go. The setting in Nova Scotia is lovely and it is wonderful to explore that particular region through the descriptions and the wonderful way the author brings it to life. A thoroughly enjoyable novel and a series I look forward to reading more of and following in the future.

*Book provided by publisher for an unbiased review.