WHAT’s it ABOUT: A psychiatrist loses a patient to suicide and learns to care for her ailing father. Secrets about her parents may or may not have been revealed to all. People are not what they seem.
WHAT’s GOOD: This tale is carefully constructed and then carefully dismantled in the telling. Lots of references to literature and also with Barry’s prior book (The Lace Reader) due to same setting and if I recall correctly, a few same minor characters. The author manages to throw a lot in this book and manages to connect all the dots.
What’s NOT so good: Almost too calculated. The secrets, though they may have surprised me somewhat, were not shocking, and had some of that peeking behind the curtain feel. I never got invested in the protagonist but I did like many of the characters.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I liked this better than The Lace Reader. I can see how this would be highly rated by readers who love these kinds of stories. I like things a bit more edgy and philosophical; less played out by the following of a plan. That’s just me.
A solid three star – I liked it. It certainly had that can’t-put-it-down grip on me that makes reading fun.
RATING: Three slices of blueberry pie.
“Pies made from wild blueberries were left on the doorstep by neighbors whose families had summered on the island for generations.”