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.


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