This was not the type of book that I am usually apt to purchase. It was one of the Kindle Singles, low priced-efforts that for the most part, do not interest me despite or maybe even because of, their low price. This book was available for 99 cents. However, in researching books, I kept coming across rave reviews for The Mill River Recluse, so many that I gave into temptation and decided to give it a try.
Darcie Chan sets her story in a small town in rural Vermont. Mill River is one of those places where everyone knows one another and there are few secrets. Mary Elizabeth McAllister suffers from some severe social phobias and although the book traces the root of these phobias through the years Mary never leaves her hilltop home that over looks Mill River. Local priest, Father Michael O’Brien is Mary’s only visitor, the one person she trusts and allows into her secluded life. Ms. Chan does an excellent job of breathing life into the residents of Mill River and we share Mary’s pain that she endures as a result of her less than perfect husband.
This is a novel that succeeded through word of mouth. It was self-published and became a best-selling e-book based on the reviews of readers who enjoyed it. I guess I am among them as it was certainly worth a dollar and I was happy to become a temporary resident of Mill River, Vermont even if it was only for a few days. I would give this book *** ½ stars.