Julia Phillips’ novel opens with a crime that startles the people of Kamchatka. Told in linked short stories, the novel links the women and men of this town in a number of ways, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly, showing how everyone is connected. Each character is vividly brought to life, as is this remote part of the world. While it is a thriller, it resists formulaic crime stereotypes. By showing how one act affects so many, Phillips reminds us of how we all affect one another.
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