Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Armchair Novel Review - Turn of Mind

Turn of Mind
by Alice LaPlante
Hardcover, 320 pages
Also available as an eBook

Wow. I have been on a roll with books lately. My summer has gotten off to a great start, from a reader's perspective, and this book is no exception.

Turn of Mind is about a woman, Dr. Jennifer White, who is descending into Alzheimer's disease. She has two grown children and a caretaker, and a best friend who has been murdered in her home three doors down. LaPlante weaves a compelling story out of notes, memories, diary installments, visions and observations to both record Jennifer's progression into dementia and to piece together the mysterious death of Amanda. All is not what it seems. Jennifer is suspected of killing her friend, indeed the woman's fingers were surgically removed. But there is something not quite right about her children, and even her caregiver seems to have something to hide.

As you can imagine, this story would have to be told delicately and with great precision. LaPlante pulls it off beautifully. Turn of Mind is a literary book that will be remembered for a long time.