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What Happened That Day (Nakasee Lake Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1561 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HG11FDC
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As usual I received this book because it arrived free of charge in exchange for a review. Despite that wonderful and typical kindness, I give my candid thoughts below.

In a nutshell, the story is one of a wounded soul in search of... herself, really. Running from a dark past she builds a new life in a small town in the mountains. The narrative is one of stark realism for the most part but does have a somewhat extra-sensory or supernatural thread. The text is organized in sections devoted to various points in the character's life and as the story unfolds the reader hears the backstory that brings our heroine to her current state.

On the positive side, as always Smith renders her characters with great care and imagery. She cobbles together a whole town with wonderful realism that makes me wonder if she has actually been there. The plot is complex and believable and it's easy to become invested in this little niche in the mountains. She also introduces elements of the Native Canadian culture into her novel in a way that drives interest and adds even more color to an already varied backdrop.

To the negative side, the supernatural elements of the book did come as a bit of a shock. I cannot go into details for fear of spoilers but some of the characters in the novel have an intuition of sorts about others that seemed to be introduced rather jarringly. It was well executed but I didn't expect it so it was a bit of a hiccup in an otherwise very realistic novel.

In summary, Smith has done exceptionally in this story and this will be one of those tales that runs through my head for weeks to come. It has a few foibles but boasts fewer typos than any eBook I've read in a while. The quality of Smith's writing is incomparable and I always find myself wondering why she doesn't have more of a following.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Valevicius on January 6, 2014
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Michelle Smith has honed her craft as a writer and it's evident with this book.

Thematically, Smith unfolds a story of deep pain that begs for exorcism from the heart. Until this freedom occurs, denials come about through a variety of pain-escapes, most notably how the abused abuse themselves, and the methods they use are all too familiar in this modern day.

The author juxtaposes a young woman, Terra, with a small First Nations community, and illuminates how they attempt to help one another. Terra, a down-to earth gal, as her name implies, feels safe for once until a stranger, Aaron, comes to town and she must face her own inner conflicts and her memories that are vague, but haunting. Aaron has already created healing for the villagers.

I like Terra. She's noble yet nosy, tough but sensitive. Although she is troubled herself, she is giving, and both brave and scared. You can relate to her but could you survive her past?

Smith structures her novel adeptly. She is in control of the climatic conversation between Terra and Aaron as the process begins to unravel her injuries. The climax is strong enough to take the reader just beyond the earth and into the bowels of a basement. - the debasing basement. As a reader, you need this protection before being exposed to the horrors below. The author prepares us for this descent into hell.

I appreciate everything that went into this book. Dreams figure prominently. Strong language and descriptions of abuse are necessary parts of the narrative..

The author will have your emotions whether you admit it or not. Through the character of Aaron, Smith explains what everyone needs to hear, and thus, prepares us to face this revelation with Terra.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Silva on December 28, 2013
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Michelle Smith's "What Happened That Day (Nakasee Lake)" is a rock-solid flight through the peaks and valleys, emotionally and spiritually, of the residents of Nakasee Lake...namely those of Terra, the newest player in the town's cast of characters. Terra's firm views and perspective are bred on the bone of her dark past, which is doled out wonderfully by Smith in this page turning novel. There is a wonderful push-and-tug throughout the book, between Terra's heart and spirit, between the townspeople's collective conscious and unconscious, and the cause and effect between what happened that day and what it's been like since. That duality and tension help to bind the reader to the words as they are played out in the sure-footed life of Terra and the customers in her cafe.

Smith's writing is smooth and fluid. Her attention to detail is fantastic, as she blends in Native Canadian spirituality and culture with the held-back modernity of the small town. Her ability to build a strong narrative on the backdrop of a mountain and it's secrets is a pleasure to read. The pace of novel responds to the emotional temperature of the characters, namely Terra, and there are some monumental revelations that unfold in this well honed story. Smith's ear for dialogue is outstanding and we are given some wonderful interactions to witness, backed by the intensity, and gentleness, required to allow Smith to knit her tale with.

Spirituality, addiction, Native culture, romance broken and camaraderie are all strong aspects of this book. Terra's emotional landscape is as wild and stoic as the majestic backdrop to her cafe, and we bear witness to her frailties and her strengths. Terra's troubled past adds much needed depth and weight to the novel as does the almost magic realism that pervades the novel.

Smith's novel is a marvellous tale that lore is built upon. A great read.
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