Black Chuck

Black Chuck

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Psycho. Sick. Dangerous. Réal Dufresne's reputation precedes him. When the mangled body of his best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Réal blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Ré remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his death. Shaun's girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Evie Hawley, keeps her feelings locked up tight. But now she's pregnant, and the father of her baby is dead. And when Réal looks to her to atone for his sins, everything goes sideways. Fast. The tighter Evie and Réal get, the faster things seem to fall apart. And falling in love might just be the card that knocks the whole house down.
Publisher: [Canada] : Orca Book Publishers, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781459816305
Branch Call Number: Teen McD
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 22, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: a car drives off the side of the road and injures the passengers; a character has frightening dreams; the mutilation of a body is described

Apr 22, 2018

Sexual Content: a female character is raped; a male character almost has sex with two different female characters in different parts of the book

Apr 22, 2018

Violence: a character is brutally attacked by another character; a female character is raped

Apr 22, 2018

Coarse Language: most characters swear frequently


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Aug 17, 2018

Well, what a debut..
Excellent story gripping right till the end. So much left unsaid, so much uncalled for guilt...betrayal.

In regards to Algonquin Language:

In regards to Algonquin lore..
The origin of the Windigo legend fades far back into the prehistory oral tradition of the Algonquian. The first known written account of this legendary creature was by Paul Le Jeune, a Jesuit missionary serving in Quebec in the early 17th century. In 1636, Father Paul sent a dispatch to his superiors in Rome complaining about a local native woman who, in a spiritual trance, warned that an Atchen was coming to attack a nearby village. The priest informed his superiors that an Atchen was “a sort of werewolf.”Judging by the tone of his letter, Father Paul was not in fear for his life but highly annoyed with the woman because her dreams were frightening his hard-won converts.

The first English record of the Windigo came from James Isham, a Hudson’s Bay Company employee who was stationed at York Factory (now Manitoba) from 1743 to 1749. Isham kept a journal of his experiences and eventually published his notes as Observations of Hudson’s Bay. Among the Cree words included in his letters was the noun “Whit te co”, which Isham translated to mean “the devil.”

Apr 22, 2018


The writing was mostly very well done, with a very unique and strong voice and style, but sometimes I found myself having to reread a line several times and still not understand it. Luckily, the gripping mystery, character development, and suspense really made up for it.

I really appreciated that there was a really strong Native American (First Nation in this case, as the book takes place in Canada) influence on the spiritual beliefs of one of the main characters, Réal. It was unique and interesting. I'm sure most people have heard about the Windigo but not many know much beyond that, myself included, so it was refreshing and added a whole other element to the story.

The cast was believably diverse; no one felt like a token or an addition just to fill a quota. They all felt like actual people with actual lives.

I really enjoyed this book! It's a very fast, gripping read that will have you guessing and second-guessing until the very end, which was extremely satisfying. There is a love story plot that was kind of the A plot, and usually I hate those, especially in a contemporary, but I actually really loved this. It was a great book that tackled topics like rape, murder, domestic abuse, parental neglect, poverty, and mental illness in a smart, considerate, and effective way. The ending was somewhat open-ended but I was very happy with it and am currently stuck trying to figure out if this was a 4 star or a 5 star rating...


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