ZARA’S DEAD by Sharon Butala
Sharon Butala’s novel is based on a murder that happened in Saskatoon. She has fictionalized the case with her own interpretation of the events in this novel, which left me confused and unsatisfied. Fiona, a former journalist and author of a book about the murder of Zara Stanley, is compelled to take up the case once again when someone shoves an envelope with some cryptic numbers written on a page, along with a name that is unfamiliar to her, under her door. Fiona immediately begins to make suppositions and draw conclusions based on few, if any, facts, and only her personal feelings about the case. She jumps in her car and begins a random journey to discover the truth. As random as her journey is, her thought processes are even more so. One would think that they were those of a delusional person.
Fiona is off on so many different tangents, none of which are backed-up by any facts. She seemingly pulls them out the air as if they were arrows pointing to the truth. However, nothing could be further from that! This was a disappointing and confusing book, and I’d surely recommend giving it a miss.