Press

New York Journal of Books – September 8, 2018

“Levison is a gifted, insightful and evocative writer. She delivers a brilliant story of murder, intrigue, faith, genocide, and a horrendous murder that shakes the family deep into its roots… ”

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The Big Thrill – September 2018 issue

“What do you hope readers will take away from this book…”

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Cool Canadian Crime – 2018

“Home of the best and latest in Canadian mystery, suspense, and true crime… ”

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Hideaways Magazine – August 2018 issue

“True Crime aficionados, take note… ”

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Monster Librarian – August 23, 2018

“There are true crime stories and then there are books that delve so much deeper…”

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Stratford Star – August 21, 2018

“AAUW Holds Book and Author Luncheon…”

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Image Magazine – August 2018 issue

“Summer Reading: Three Very Compelling Books with Holocaust Themes…”

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Roll Out Reviews – August 10, 2018

“A true story of overcoming the darkness in life…”

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Book Q & As with Deborah Kalb – August 10, 2018

This wasn’t so much a matter of me deciding to write a book, but more a matter of a book clamoring to be written…”

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Canadian Jewish News – August 2, 2018

“The Crate: A Story of War, A Murder, And Justice weaves together two true stories: a murder in Muskoka, Ont., and a narrative of Holocaust survival. Both stories are personal for novelist Deborah Vadas Levison… ”

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Huntsville Adventures – July 29, 2018

“Tea Scones and Suspense… ”

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Huntsville Doppler – July 29, 2018

“August author events tackle crime and mystery… ”

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True Crime Uncensored – July 28, 2018

“A story of true horror and true crime… ”

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MuskokaRegion.com – July 26, 2018

“Muskoka authors welcome crime novelist…”

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Providence Journal – July 19, 2018

“One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year, featuring emotional landscapes as sprawling as the physical ones… ”

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Cottage Life Magazine – July 18, 2018

“You may remember reading news reports a few years ago about the gruesome murder of a young woman whose remains were found in a crate in a crawl space beneath a cottage in Bracebridge, Ontario… ”

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Federation for Jewish Philanthropy – July 13, 2018

“Trumbull resident and active Federation member Deborah Levison just celebrated the publication of her first book. She offers a glimpse behind the scenes of this unusual work… ”

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Books, Life, and Everything Nice – July 10, 2018

“From the beginning I was blown away by the gorgeous poetic writing. I was captivated from beginning to end… ”

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Imagine Podcast – July 6, 2018

With host Delilah Jones

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Darkness Radio – July 3, 2018

With host Dave Schrader

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Where the Reader Grows – July 6, 2018

“There’s nothing more unsettling than true crime. Read this debut, nonfiction, true account of her family’s discovery… ”

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Well Worth A Read – June 30, 2018

“This was a heart wrenching true crime, but it reads like a novel…This was an incredible read. 5 stars… ”

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Readers’ Favorite – June 30, 2018

“It’s a tough topic to contemplate and a grim reminder of the worst of humanity…. 5 stars… ”

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Two Girls and a Book Obsession – June 26, 2018

“With every personal account, story, and memory that Debbie shares with the power of her pen, we could feel the love, loss and need to share with others. We highly recommend this story to anyone who loves true crime & stories about the Holocaust time period… ”

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Moose FM / My Muskoka Now – June 19, 2018

“A new book by the daughter of the owners of the cottage delves into the feelings of the family that had been unknowingly sleeping above the ad-hoc crypt all those years. Deborah Vadas Levison still recalls the day she got a call from her brother with the disturbing news… ”

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BookTrib – June 12, 2018:

“A few years ago I received a surreal phone call telling me there had been a murder. Whaaaat? A crate had been discovered. It had been hidden on our property. We opened it. And nothing could have prepared us for the horror inside.

My first book, The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, is not a book I expected to write… ”

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Jewish Ledger – June 6, 2018

“In her debut book, Deborah Levison tells the true story of a grisly discovery – and a family of Holocaust survivors forced to confront evil at their doorstep… ”

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Muskoka Online / Hunters Bay Radio – June 4, 2018

“It’s a grim chapter in Muskoka’s history and it’s one that Deborah Vadas Levison knows all too intimately. Now Levison has completed a book on the crime that shook Muskoka and rocked her family to the core… ”

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Vanessa’s Picks – June 1, 2018

“The cottage as safe haven is a quintessential part of Canadian culture. For many, childhood memories are linked to cottage life, the landscape representing a sun-drenched moment, frozen in time. Having immigrated to North America after surviving the Holocaust, for Levison’s family, the cottage is more than simply a retreat from the city. The cottage is a refuge; a symbol of victory over terror. A fortress… ” 

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