- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Paper edition (January 1, 2007)
- ASIN: B004BI5WUU
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,092,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Virgin of Small Plains
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So why not five stars? Just because I figured out the mystery of the frozen girl far too early, well before halfway through the book. I'm not a regular mystery reader, but I think anyway who reads carefully will solve the mystery behind Sarah's death quite quickly. That doesn't mean they'll want to quit reading, because the story is well-told enough that I sure didn't mind finishing it to see how everything would wrap up!
THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS expertly blends suspense, sentiment, and the sublime. (At one point, a waning tornado showers flowers upon a woman lying in a churchyard.) Pickard maintains a sure and steady hand as her story shuttles back and forth in time, churning up buried secrets and old grudges, and when the subplots finally converge, it's pretty spectacular. This is a beautiful book.
In 1987, the naked and frozen body of a beautiful young woman was discovered in Small Plains, Kansas during a snowstorm. The town's tribute to the nameless woman was a burial and headstone in the local cemetery. Over the years, her grave was visited by ill people who proclaimed they were healed--and thus she became known as the Virgin of Small Plains.
Following the death of the virgin, the lives of three families (including their children) were changed forever. Mitch Newquist, son of a local judge, disappeared the night the virgin's body was found. Mitch left town without a word and his girlfriend Abby Reynolds never really recovered the loss of Mitch. Abby's father was the town doctor and the virgin's body was brought to his house. Abby's father's involvement with the virgin caused him to withdraw from his own family over the years. The local sheriff and his sons found the virgin's body, and in order to protect their family, secrets had to be kept.
Seventeen years later Judge Newquist's wife died in a snowstorm, much like the one when the virgin died. Her son, Mitch, later returns to Small Plains and his arrival thrusts the town and its residents into facing the truth about the virgin's murder.
Pickard's plot is fascinating, dark and exciting. I turned the pages as fast as I could because I really wanted to find out what had happened.
Armchair Interviews says: If you like interesting and intriguing novels, check out all of Nancy Pickard's titles. You'll be glad you did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! A little bit of everything...mystery, twists, a good story and even a little romance! I am a picky reader and will walk away from a lot of books. Read morePublished 2 days ago by K. Stanton
For the most part, THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS is an excellent mystery, the kind readers will be anxious to keep reading. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Beth
This was a middling Midwestern moral tale about truth, first love, and second chances. My mother reads around two books a week, and sometimes, particularly when faced with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christin M. Mulligan
Wonderful Book! Love the way the author has you waiting for what's next!Published 11 months ago by ME
I have to admit first that this isn't my usual type of read. It was part of a book study within another group. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kendra Y.