Crazy. Zany. Madcap. Wow. Don’t we all know someone like that? Such an oddball character, but so much fun. Sure. Then there are those who are insanely crazy, dangerously crazy, paranoid and psychopathically disturbed. We avoid those people as much as we possibly can, don’t we? Let’s take a look at that situation from a new book by author Anneli Purchase. This story brings back one of her first characters, Andrea from The Wind Weeps.
To recap, Andrea is a naïve young woman from Ontario who ends up at Lund, a small community north of Vancouver. She is all taken with the free lifestyle, the ocean, the boats and the fishermen. One of those men, Jim, is a nice guy but Andrea meets and marries a dubious fellow named Robert. Off they go salmon troll fishing up in the Queen Charlotte Islands, then come back south to a cabin on a small island fairly close to Lund. Along the way Andrea is severely abused by this Robert character who demands complete obedience and beats on her whenever he feels she is not doing his bidding. Eventually he tries to burn down the cabin with her inside. She flees along the beach until picked up and taken to the hospital in Powell River.
Our new story begins there. She awakes to find Jim at her bedside. He looks after her, they are totally in love and so on. The story takes on a “ girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back”.
Not so fast. One might think that Andrea, and to a lesser extent, that nice fellow Jim are the heart of the story but you would be wrong. It is Robert, the rogue, who is calling the shots. He is determined to get Andrea back into his clutches, and his bed, and will stoop to nothing in his quest. That dark side to the story is what gives the book its bite and sets it apart from the usual romantic tale. Robert is relentless in his schemes to separate Andrea and Jim and is frightening in his intensity. A reader will marvel at the ways that Purchase has put such acts into this one character.
One other facet sets this book apart. Anneli and her husband, Gary, have traveled the BC coast from Comox to the Charlottes (now Haida Gwaii). She takes the reader along to secluded anchorages and small villages seldom seen by those who have not had the pleasure of seeing the Inside Passage, or been frightened by what can happen when one is on the sea. This reviewer has been in those places and can attest to the accuracy at which they are shared.
Will Robert split up Andrea and Jim, and take her back to be abused and beaten? Will Andrea and Jim live happily ever after? Will Robert get help for his problems, become a very decent person and reclaim his marriage to Andrea? Best way to find out is to get the ebook from Amazon or from smashwords.com, download it and then sit back to enjoy a rollicking tale from the BC coast.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)