Sixteen-year-old Lisa-Marie has been packed off to spend the summer with her aunt on the isolated shores of Crater Lake. She is drawn to Izzy Montgomery, a gifted trauma counsellor who is struggling through personal and professional challenges. Lisa-Marie also befriends Liam Collins, a man who goes quietly about his life trying to deal with his own secrets and guilt. The arrival of a summer renter for Izzy's guest cabin is the catalyst for change amongst Crater Lake's tight knit community. People are forced to grapple with the realities of grief and desire to discover that there are no easy choices - only shades of grey.
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About the Author
Francis Guenette has spent most of her life on the west coast of British Columbia. She lives with her husband and dog and finds inspiration for writing in the beauty and drama of their lakeshore cabin and garden. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology and has worked as an educator, trauma counsellor and researcher. This is her first novel. She is currently writing a sequel to disappearing in plain sight. Please visit disappearinginplainsight.com or subscribe to Francis’ public Facebook page to learn more.
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It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a book so steeped in a vivid sense of place. Because this novel is set in a remote corner of Canada’s Vancouver Island, it feels almost mythic. Francis Guenette’s descriptions of fictional Crater Lake and environs are rich, detailed, textured, and almost tangible, and the reader learns where all the wooded trails lead as the characters live their lives at Micah Camp, a counseling facility for troubled young people. What Guenette depicts with her fairly large cast of characters is a study of how the past is always present in us and we must adapt to its influence as we carry on. Tragedy has a long shadow that we’re never able to escape, but we have to learn to live under it and to use it -- as these people do over the course of a summer. A young woman arrives to live with her aunt for a while, seeking more than relief from her problems at home. A priest on sabbatical appears to be acting out a crisis of faith, while the professionals who run the camp are doing their best not to let a tragic accident mortify their daily efforts to help the residents. Everyone is yearning for love and imagining that it’s attainable in someone unattainable. Guenette takes a somewhat unconventional approach to the narrative here, switching points of view frequently while maintaining a close third-person most of the time. We get into the heads of almost everyone living at Micah Camp. It takes a little getting used to, but once we’ve met all the characters the technique becomes transparent. It’s like the camera in a movie roaming from one angle to another. On the other hand, this choice of narration makes sense. Much of life is complicated by the way we all see things differently, including events that govern our most intimate relationships. Disappearing In Plain Sight is a penetrating novel with adult characters and sensibilities, and it will linger in your mind well after you’ve finished it.