CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 19 . . . . January 20, 2012
Andy Washburn is tired of the annual fishing trip his parents and his aunt, uncle and cousins always take. There's nothing to do in Dore Lake, Canada, that'll interest him or CJ, Andy's cousin, so the two boys are determined to make this trip different, more exciting. And they get their excitement, all right. What starts as an innocuous trip into the forest turns dangerous as they discover the new residents of a nearby lodge engaged in illegal behaviour.
This novel may be short, but the underdeveloped writing style makes it anything but a quick read. Frequent telling when showing would be more appropriate keeps the reader from being drawn in; the tense slips from past to present and back again. The sterility of the voice is almost expected, given the work the writing needs. Readers are told upfront (on page one, in fact) that Andy is the athletic kid while CJ is the electronics go to guy, a contrasting foil technique that only ends up stereotyping the two. Dialogue between the kids and the adults sounds relatively genuine until Anderson uses it to stuff information into the story. As a result, the secondary characters don't end up anymore fleshed out than the protagonists.
Yahong Chi is an Ottawa based reviewer and blogger at http://yahongchi.blogspot.com.
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