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By Greg Hollingshead

A story of puzzle and therapeutic from the Canadian forests, the place Nature might be nasty and males can simply cross mad.

We’re within the Canadian uplands, a panorama of lakes and forests, cabins and canoes, hunters and hunted. The Healer is a tender teenage woman with a present she unearths not easy to undergo: she turns out in a position to heal the ill, to force out foul spirits. Her father is a brutal guy: robust, tempestuous and violent, he unearths it not easy to house his daughter’s skills within the approach she would need. A journalist, our significant narrator, comes among them, despatched via his journal to safe a story.

Entranced via the lady and the vacancy of the land, he buys from a persuasive realtor the derelict lakeside cabin which turns into the centre of the motion, as all 3 major characters swirl right into a vortex of vengeance and violence – violence mirrored in a panorama of storms and floods of terrifying strength. Hollingshead proves himself a author who understands the deadly strength latent within the wildlife. And that guy is an animal too.

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