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More Than Sorrow Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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"An absorbing whodunit-cum-flashbacks whose so-so mystery is redeemed by a deft use of historical parallels." --Kirkus Reviews
“Her exceptional ability to create characters, both realistic and sometimes creepy, makes this another terrific addition to her outstanding body of work.”—Library Journal Starred review for Among the Departed
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Top Customer Reviews
Wanting only a place to rest, Manning seeks refuge at the rural home of her sister and brother-in-law. Struggling to recover from cerebral damage caused by a bus explosion in war-torn Afghanistan, she'd like nothing better than to be left alone.
She soon discovers that the past has a way of asserting itself, and the troubles of far-away nations are seldom far away.
I loved this story, both for the beautifully crafted heroine, Hannah Manning, and for the depth of research Delany brought to bear in her presentation of Hila, the mysterious Afghani woman who shares Hannah's "place of refuge".
In short, I highly recommend More Than Sorrow to mystery-lovers.
Donna Carrick, author of The First Excellence
With her inability to pitch in with the chores and the pampering by her sister and niece, she doesn't endear herself to the man of the house, who sees her as a drain on their resources. Farming is a precarious life, and an extra burden isn't appreciated. To help her pass the time, he allows Hannah grudging access to old family papers in the attic. His forebears were Loyalists, British who fled the American Revolution to come to Upper Canada for a new life.
Able to take short walks, Hannah is surprised to find a shy Afghan refugee nearby as a guest of a middle-aged couple, the Harrisons, who have an interest in the history and culture of the Middle East. Hila, a traumatized burn victim, was the only survivor in a murderous attack on her family. The farm community seems a safe place for both kindred souls. Hila and Hannah form a mutual bond from their ordeals.
As Hannah pores over the old records, another story emerges from the distant past, woven seamlessly into a nail-biting time-shifting duet. Maggie and Hamish Macgregor and their daughter had a peaceful life in the Mohawk Valley until the American Revolution set neighbour against neighbour.Read more ›
Hannah Manning is a former journalist and war correspondent. The victim of an IED explosion while covering the war in Afghanistan, she is still scarred, physically and mentally. Unable to concentrate, Hannah suffers from recurring headaches and visions of that terrible moment as she struggles to carve out a new life with her sister on a small farm in southern Ontario. Her sister Joanne and her husband Jake make a welcome refuge for Hannah, and she forms a close bond with her precocious niece, Lily. Still limited in what she can do, Hannah helps with such modest chores as feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, and fetching vegetables from the 18th-century root cellar. While visiting the cellar one day Hannah begins to hear voices and see visions; but curiously, they are not limited to her experiences in Afghanistan; some seem to date from the American Revolutionary War.
It almost seems like fate is taking a hand when Hannah and Lily visit a nearby farm and encounter Hila Polpalzi, a young woman from Afghanistan. Although she wears a tunic and scarf, the traditional clothing of her homeland, it does not fully conceal heavy scarring on her face and one hand. It is clear that she too is a victim of the war. Their visit is brief, shortened by Hila's shyness and Hannah's sudden headache, triggered by the disturbing image in front of her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More than Sorrow is an engrossing & captivating mystery novel that is at times both suspenseful & disturbing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anne
While I am a huge fan of this author (reading almost all of her work) I wasn't a fan of this novel. It was a great story just a little slower than her other work. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Amer
Ms. Delany, a Canadian, is a clever, experienced writer of crime fiction. Her new novel is a clever blend of historical and modern crime. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by carl brookins
I actually enjoyed this book. BUT....it was two stories that I had a very hard time finding a connection between. In the end a very weak thread connected the two parts. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Rhoda Brophy
This is a new author for me, and I really enjoyed this story. A reporter, suffering from a brain injury incurred in Afghanistan, returns to her sister & brother-in-laws organic... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by shanti
I absolutely loved this book, it was inspiring to read a book about so many strong women out there from different places and one from the 1700's the others from the present all... Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by Lynn Stadel
First Line: They tell me it was an IED hidden in a truck full of goats going to market, pulled off to the side of the road with an apparent flat tire. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Cathy G. Cole
I have been immensely enjoying the Constable Molly Smith series by Vicky Delany therefore I was looking forward to this new stand alone novel. I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by PoCoKat
Women who have lost their freedom to act according to their own choices--that's the theme of Delany's More Than Sorrow. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Judith Starkston