Rating: 5 stars
For this month’s book review, I’m taking you all back to the early 2000s. A Violent End is Maggie Wheeler’s debut novel in the Lost Villages Series. It puts a spotlight on our local history – the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway – with a side of murder and mystery.
The story follows protagonist Farran Mackenzie, a university history professor who comes to the area after her mother’s death looking for clues to her parents’ past. Her digging causes a stir in the community, especially since her father’s remains were recently discovered in the St. Lawrence River, 40 years after the Lost Villages were flooded.
As someone who was born and raised in Cornwall, I knew of the Lost Villages, but what Wheeler does in this book is capture the feelings of the different generations who lived through it and were forced to relocate during this massive project.
This book is great for locals and newcomers who enjoy historical fiction and are curious about how our area came to be as it is today. If you are already familiar with this series, consider checking out the seventh and final book released in 2022, The Last Wave By.