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Potato Island Nova Scotia is a uiet place sheltered from the problems of the outside world When Ian McKendrie a young man from Toronto arrives and begins selling the products of his small meth lab the Islanders are anxious to rid the Island of this scourgeThe judge in Halifax sees things differently He sentences McKendrie to house arrest on the Island with conditions that seem no punishment at all So when an opportunity presents itself the Islanders decide to take the law into their own hands and impose a few “conditions” of their own Suspense chaos and humour ensue as the locals attempt to take back their Island With the victims now the jailers the Islanders will have to decide what it really means to have justice served

15 thoughts on “Why Here?

  1. says:

    I have an appreciation for drug stories that goes back to Evelyn Lau’s Runaway read as a preteen and before I’d smoked a cigarette let alone anything else By the time I saw Trainspotting at seventeen I’d done plenty My parents objected to renting the movie because it glorified drug use but it actually scared me off trying hard drugs The “baby on the ceiling” hallucination scene may look kind of ridiculous by today’s special effects standards but it was a pretty effective deterrent in my caseOther drug and addiction books that I love The Basketball Diaries Heather O'Neill's Lullabies for Little Criminals Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas A Clockwork Orange Go Ask Alice every other Irvine Welsh books I've ever read Oh and Spun which is a movie but relevant because it’s specifically about meth and absolutely horrifying So that’s my frame of referenceWhy Here? is a a drug story Addicts dealers and law enforcement dance around each other in a tiny isolated community till the community’s had enough and regular folks turn vigilante The premise is very similar to Ferguson’s first novel From Away my review but this story succeeds in ways that From Away didn’t – the writing is fresher and the stakes are higher I really like how the older adults were the heroes; not the twenty something drug dealers or the teenage drug addicts but the people in their 50s and 60s who’d had enough And the ending was great I almost thought it was headed towards the “special moment” 90s sitcom ending but then it was suddenly open ended and hopeless or hopeful depending on your perspectiveFerguson took some risks; however the story just isn't gritty enough All those drug books I've read have given me certain expectations I want devastating relapses and sweaty hallucinating withdrawals I want the manic filth of “Spun” I want Trainspotting‘s baby on the ceiling I needed something harrowing or horrible to believe that this community would take the law into their own hands That or I need a strong lead character to hang that belief on and I didn't uite find that in the ensemble castAfter two books with similar settings and themes I’m left wondering about the author’s intentions Are these morality tales? Celebration or condemnation of small town maritime culture? I await Ferguson’s next moveThank you to the author for the review copyFull review on Reading in Bed

  2. says:

    I just finished reading ‘Why Here?’ written by Michelle Ferguson I won this book in a Goodreads contest and when I first read the summary I entered with a passing interest to see how a subject involving a meth lab can be woven into a contemporary tale The author does this uite well and the pleasant surprise about this book is that the characters on Potato Island are believable and they grow as the story unfolds Ferguson delivers a heart warming tale that is than just the about a community struggling with keeping the darkness of drug addiction from infecting their community It is about a group of people rediscovering themselves when bound with a common purpose The story is a delightful read and moves forward nicely keeping the reader interested I enjoyed it