A Powerful, Dark Story,
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This review is from: Caribou Island: A Novel (Hardcover)
How does one determine the quality of a book? If the reader is looking for entertainment; "Caribou Island" is not entertaining. It is not a "feel good" book. If one is interested in strong character development; it does that very well. Almost everyone you meet in the book is "difficult" and not likable; however, the reader gets to know them thoroughly. If setting is important then this also is done very well. The Alaskan landscape and lifestyle is interesting and a congruent stage for the events that occur. Literary devices,especially metaphors border on heavy handed as you have to be hit on the head with a two by four to miss them.
Even the darkest novels offer some glimmer of hope (such as "The Road"). I have very mixed feelings about this book but it is riveting and difficult to put down. You might want to pop an anti depressant before reading it though.