Psychotherapist Zee Finch is dealt a blow when one of her patients, a troubled bipolar housewife named Lilly, leaps off a bridge to her death. The tragedy brings up memories of Zee’s own mother’s suicide, prompting her to go see her father, Finch, in Salem. She is startled to find Finch’s Parkinson’s disease is much more advanced than she’d been led to believe, and that he has kicked his partner, Melville, out of the house. Zee decides to take a leave of absence from her practice to care for Finch, a move that puts a strain on her engagement to Michael, one of her mentor’s closest friends. As her relationship with Michael comes to an end, Zee tries to puzzle out what caused Finch to abruptly break up with his beloved Melville. She also tries to make sense of Lilly’s death, unaware that the dangerous man Lilly was involved with now wants to exact revenge on her. Like her hit debut, The Lace Reader (2008), Barry’s second novel features an involving, intricately woven story and vivid descriptions of historic Salem. –Kristine Huntley –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 22, 2011)
MY RATING: 3/5
The author does a lovely job of weaving a story about coming to terms with life and death. There were a few parts of the story that I felt were just added for filler, I just never figured out how those parts fit into the overall story. Could be just me not being able to put 2+2 together. The ending left me wishing I knew what conclusions Zee has come to, but perhaps the author wants us to draw our own conclusions.
You can visit the authors website at: http://www.brunoniabarry.com/
disclaimer: i received a free copy of this book in return for honest opinion.