Elle Wild’s Strange Things Done is a boisterous tale of small town eccentrics, dark secrets, and strange things done in the bush, all delivered in crisp, expert prose. Wild’s suspenseful tale of murder and mayhem in the Yukon delivers on its promise of noir thrills and chills.
Gail Anderson-Dargatz, author of The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees
What a wonderful dark, quirky, and complex debut novel this is. Canada’s north was never more sinister. Jo Silver is a character who needs more than one book.
Ian Hamilton, author of the internationally bestselling Ava Lee series
The title is perfect, the characters fully developed, the plot well-paced and gripping, but this is above all a novel about setting. And what a setting it is. Dawson City, Yukon, as the tourists flee and the long, dark, lonely winter settles in. The airport and roads close, the winds blow, and the snow piles up, trapping those who remain in town, including a journalist haunted by a tragic mistake and so determined not to make it again that events begin repeating themselves. This is the Dawson City of relentless gamblers, heavy drinkers, tattooed bar girls, ruthless miners, and people who’ve reached the end of the road and find there is nowhere left to go. The perfect setting for a novel about conflicted people and dark ambition.
Vicki Delany, author of the Constable Molly Smith series
[A]n entertaining story that captures much of the surrealism of the North and the colorful characters drawn to it.
A remote Canadian community hunkering down for a grim, lonely winter is the perfect setting for this atmospheric crime novel.
It's easy to see why this is an award winner. It's a well-spun thriller, set in a closed community, with the cold, snowy weather bringing in an extra element of menace.
[A] highly readable, slick and professionally executed thriller.
The Girl on the Train meets Robert Service.