Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Lace ReaderThe Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What they said:

"Every gift has a price . . . Every piece of lace has a secret . . .

My name is Towner Whitney. No, That's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time . . .

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light. The Lace Reader is a mesmerizing tale that spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths in which the reader quickly finds it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, but as Towner Whitney points out early on in the novel, "There are no accidents."

What I think:

With a 5 rating, you know I am glad I used my credit on this one! The beginning lulled me to what suddenly turns into a good mystery with lots twist and turns as I was taken about Salem and the islands around on clear as well as foggy times. There are all kinds of "readers" as well as cultists and police and family relationships. The more I listened, the less I wanted to do anything else...including sleep as after the "lull" it seemed to fly. Like how a roller coaster starts slowly only to start a dive down and around and up and down!

The reason I input the publisher's summary is because I am afraid I will give something away and this is too good a story to spoil it for you! I must warn you, if you are listening to this on your way home, you may find yourself riding past or sitting in your driveway when you get close to the ending!

Oh, if you listen to this on, Alyssa Bresnahan does an excellent job as narrator!