Friday, January 6

Book Review: Touch

Title: Touch

Author: Alexi Zenter

Pages: EBook - 179 pages

Summary: In Sawgamet, a north woods boomtown gone bust, the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, and the dangers of working in the cuts are overshadowed by the mysteries and magic lurking in the woods. Stephen, a pastor, is at home on the eve of his mother's funeral, thirty years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search of his beloved but long-dead wife. And like his grandfather, Stephen is forced to confront the losses of his past.

Touch introduces you to a world where monsters and witches oppose singing dogs and golden caribou, where the living and the dead part and meet again in the crippling beauty of winter and the surreal haze of summer.

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was intriguing at times, with the elements of magical realism and myth the author tied into the story, as the he captured life living in a nearly remote town in the north with ease, making for an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the story a lot - the narrative flowed well and the stories of the narrators past along with his grandfathers was interesting. The author manages to create a good cast of characters and their lives in a small village wonderfully. The details of life in the villages, the remoteness and the hazards of the bitter north were all brought to life were well told - and none of it overshadowed the story, but was tied into it, as the narrator told stories of his past.

The writing was good, and the author painted some nice imagery of the snow storms, although I did find that some of his characters needed more fleshing out. While he created a good cast that reflected the community they were in, I did find them hard to connect too and there wasn't anything really significant about them that made them stand out.

I liked the magical realism/myth aspect of the book, and for the most part the author tied it into the story nicely, there were a few times it felt a little forced in, but overall he managed to bring the elements into the story nicely. I also found that the memories of the past and present should have had a finer line drawn in-between them, it often switches and there wasn't a lot of warning. Overall I enjoyed it, well written and was an interesting story.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, the book had an interesting element to it, and I think readers would really enjoy it. Has aspects of magical realism to it, and was well written.

What to read next: No Great Mischief, Under this Unbroken Sky, The Cat's Table

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V, Ebook Challenge, New Authors Challenge


  1. This sounds interesting actually. I will have to add it to my wish list.

  2. I love books that employ magical realism well, and it sounds like this book has a lot to offer. I am thinking about adding this one to my list, and am going to have to check it out soon. Great review today, Jules!

  3. Kailana - It was an interesting read, the magical realism moments really add something to the story. Hope you get to read it soon.

    Zibilee - If you do, then this is a perfect choice, and a quick read. Hope you get a chance to take a look!