A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

00. The Girl in Saskatoon

The Girl in Saskatoon: A Meditation on Memory and Murder by Sharon Butala

Pages: 260
Finished: DNF
First Published: March, 2008
Genre: memoir
Rating: DNF
Reason for Reading: received this ARC from Harper Collins Canada

First sentence:

One soft spring evening in 1962 a young nurse named Alexandra Wiwcharuk was
murdered and an entire city came to a stop: Alexandra's murder was all anyone
could talk about.

Comments: With that promising first sentence, I was interested to read about this true crime and the unfortunate girl who was murdered. Unfortunately, this book was all about the author. I couldn't finish it. I got to page 104 and had not learnt anything about the crime that was not stated in that first sentence. I don't normally write about books I don't finish, but since this was sent to me as a Review Copy I feel obligated to give my opinion however short. The author spends the majority of this book (the part I read) comparing her life to the victim's, how they were similar and how they were different. I didn't care for the author's voice and was mostly bored with the narrative. If you are looking for True Crime, this is not the book for you.


  1. Is there such a thing as true autobiograpy crime? ;D

    Just stopped by to let you know the Sense of Place Contest is ready for entries! Good Luck if you choose to participate! :)

  2. Thanks for the heads up. I'll skip this one.