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She would pull herself together, she would go and rebuild Desmond's house, she would lift his walls and dwell within them quietly all the rest of her days. Everything that House was lay there waiting for her to take it up: House as shelter, House as permanence, House as a continuation and a legacy, comfort and challenge, safety and beauty, symbol and reality joined as one.Bequeathed to Rae by Desmond Newborn, a great-uncle she never met, Folly Island is lovely indeed. But when Rae discovers Desmond's journal in the 70-year-old ruins of his house, she learns that Desmond had his own internal horrors to confront on the island. As she labors in solitude, her prickly nature deterring all but the most determined of her would-be neighbors, it's not just her well-being that's at stake. Rae must prove herself sane if she is to have any contact with her beloved granddaughter Petra. So when the "skin-crawling feeling of being watched" doesn't fade, she does her best to ignore it. But does paranoia have its roots in reality? And is Rae doomed to repeat her ancestor's tragic end?
So effectively does King weave together past and present--the shrouded history of Desmond's life and death on Folly, and the tense, dusty, exhilaratingly panicky account of Rae's wrestling with old demons and new timber--that the future seems less important than the author might have wished. In other words, the eventual unmasking of Rae's watcher pales in comparison to the gradual revelation of Rae herself within King's haunted and haunting narrative. But with such a strong character and such moodily lovely prose, readers shouldn't miss the denouement-driven trappings of standard suspense. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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A good book takes you away from your every day life. A great book haunts you. This is one I continue to think about and search for more like it ! Some just hit one that way.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting characters. Plot tension kept you so engrossed it was difficult to put down. Loved the setting and the world of wood working.Published 4 months ago by Penny Wendt
I am always impressed when a writer actually uses the subjunctive mood, and this well- constructed book did not disappoint. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Noelle R Brodeur
Started reading Ms King's Mary Russell novels and loved them all and figured her others would be just as entertaining, so far so good! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Becky in Tucson
A stand-alone novel from one of my favorite authors. The characters are well realized and their inner worlds worth examining. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Erik Ela
enjoyable on so many levels - rich characters, the san juan islands, woodcraft, - loved itPublished 9 months ago by Mike Bosworth
One of the better books I've read. Character building, not just a buzz through book.Published 9 months ago by Charlotte E. Johnson
really like Laurie KIng…finished Mary Russell series and needed a fix. this was an enjoyable book.Published 9 months ago by Iris
A mesmerizing book. Insighthul treatment of mental illness. Excellent character development.Published 9 months ago by jhylton