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Mar 23, 2017 05:52AM

45884 Missy wrote: "That's the genius of this book, the anger at the irrationality of religious fervor that it provoked in you, Almeta. The injustice of it. Wanting retribution. I'd call that a pretty successful argument on behalf of this author and her storytelling."

She does choose unusual plots and boldly relates them. Unfortunately, instead of delivering that upper cut to the jaw, she flinched at the end here.
Mar 21, 2017 11:33AM

45884 I read some discussions from other groups. Most members complained about the fairy-tale ending.
Mar 21, 2017 11:31AM

45884 Josee wrote: "In Summer House With Swimming Pool, the main character is a doctor who doesn't enjoy his job and starts daydreaming when seeing patients. One of the things he thinks about is " the scene from Miser..."

Glad he's not my doctor!
Mar 20, 2017 09:44PM

45884 Janice wrote: "I could hear the mike drop at the end of that, Almeta. You and I had the same reaction to the book.

There was no justice in this book, and I wanted justice."


It will be interesting to see what others think. I hope a lot more read it.
Mar 20, 2017 12:27PM

45884 I am often awed by those who have a faith that I can't seem to muster. Religious zealots and pious hypocrites, however make me angry. Hard to succumb to unwavering belief.

Because I wanted justice to rain down on all of these characters, I was disappointed that no one got their comeuppance! I wanted doctors' license revoked, the priest excommunicated, the father's suicide, the mother incarcerated, the nun sequestered fora life of flagellation, the haughty "Committee" members' minds to snap so they would all end up in insane asylums! Not very Christian of me, huh?
4 Stars.
Mar 20, 2017 12:02PM

45884 Chapter Five: Shift

With all of Lib's deligence about every item in the room or possibly on a person, I never suspected what the mother was doing.

Why did Dr. McBrearty and "The Committee" feel a need to convene without the presence of the two attending nurses?

When it was revealed that Anna had attended a "Fire and Brimstone" religious service focusing on the evils of sex the day before her first communion and subseqent pledge of fasting, I began to suspect the doting father of incest. Although surprising, the true reason made a whole lot more sense. To me the mother is the true villian of this piece.

Originally thought the fire was set to claim that the "Wonder Child" was removed from this earth by the "Fire of God"!


I wanted Anna's death to bring never ending guilt upon every single person involved in this travasty!
Mar 20, 2017 10:59AM

45884 Chapter 3: Fast

I am so glad that Lib and Anna get out of that house. I could feel the walls pressing in and smell the stifling odor of peat everywhere!

Should Lib be talking to William Byrne? Is he a friend or foe?

Dr. McBrearty doesn't seem too concerned for Anna's welfare. Just paying lip service. Placating the family?

Chapter 4: Vigil

If only I could bind affected body parts in rags and then discard the rags, left to rot away my aches and pains!
Mar 20, 2017 10:55AM

45884 Janice wrote: "...I suspect that Lib is going to become a believer. It's almost inevitable - and laughable. I could be wrong. She's so fierce - angry & judgemental - in her intent to reveal the hoax, that it seems like the author has no choice but to make her repent, to have a spiritual awakening. ..."

I'm expecting the same thing, Janice.
Mar 20, 2017 10:46AM

45884 Chapter 1: Nurse

My first question was "What qualifies Lib Wright as a superior nurse to any other?" And soon was told that she is a Florence Nightingale associate!

Lib's behavior displays her own belief that she was more than just a superior nurse, but also a superior person to Anna's family and their religion and superstition. Lib is so contemptuous of the Irish people in general.

Lib certainly is competent in the recording of empirical evidence. She is not willing to accept any religious miracle.

The story's juxtaposition is Sister Michael's clinging to religious dogma and hope of the religious miracle.

The family and its household appear to be religious fanatics. Although Mrs. O'Donnell may have ulterior motives. Mr. O'Donnell, a loving father, but ineffectual in the shadow of his wife. Kitty appears to have more empathy for the girl.

The community is steeped in superstition. I found the slow reveal of this folklore interesting to read about.

Chapter 2: Watch

Beginning to get an idea that this is not a straightforward story, but may have elements of the paranormal. What is perceived as superstition may really be based on unknown reality and the fairies!
Jan 07, 2017 05:19AM

45884 Michelle wrote: ".... Is she a simple doormat or is there something more scheming about her - can't decide at minute. ..."

Your doubts are valid. Jean is a doormat, but by personality design or choice? She certainly is a complex character.
Jan 05, 2017 11:12PM

45884 Coby wrote: "Chapters 1-33

Jean strikes me as very nervous at first, but she learns doesn't she? I like to think she always knew what was going on with glen especially after their conversation re: Bella. Glen ..."

It IS difficult to decide on Glen's guilt or innocence! He is certainly secretive when it comes to his short-comings and a liar when they are exposed,
Jan 05, 2017 10:55PM

45884 How safe do you feel about the social media sites in which you participate?
Jan 05, 2017 10:51PM

45884 Do you believe that Jean did not know what Glen's "nonsense" was all about. She must have known that he was up to something unsavory, but it did seem to me that she was surprised that it involved children.

I think Jean had "selective memory" to fit her chosen role in their marriage, Glen was a weak man who needed a lot of ego boosting and a sense of being in control. Jean played the perfect supportive wife and naive woman. Although her obsession with children wasn't healthy either.
Jan 05, 2017 10:30PM

45884 Kate was obviously very good at getting her story. Do you think she was interested in getting the truth or just a sensational scoop?

Do you think that the print media should have a role in helping a criminal investigation?
Jan 05, 2017 01:36PM

45884 BooksCoffeeAndCookies wrote: "Hi! I'm a new member :) I read The Widow last month and I really enjoyed it. It's intense, sometimes too much as she talks about a little girl, but I think the author is very good. Want to read her..."

If you just read this last month, then the book should still be fresh in your mind.

Why not join us in the discussion? You are welcome to contribute any of your thoughts.
Jan 05, 2017 06:32AM

45884 Chapters 19-25
Just read about police compensation paid. Does that mean that Glen was proven innocent?

Chapters 26 - 36
Obviously I now know that he was released for lack of concrete evidence.

Things seem to be spiraling out of control everywhere. Glen's need for revenge with the police, Dawn's quest for more publicity for her daughter's kidnapping, the libel suit with the newspaper, Jean's scrapbook.

I can't believe that Glen would actually confess to having come in close contact with Bella just moments before her disappearance. I'm not sure now that he didn't actually take her. Insteaad of being appalled, Jean wishes that he HAD snatched her. What's going on there?

Do you think Dawn was really a bad mother?
Jan 05, 2017 12:51AM

45884 We are being told this story basically from the experience of four people: the widow of the accused, by the police officer in charge, the mother of the victim, and the journalist covering the story. Do you think you are receiving an accurate exposure of the events as each person's involvement unfolds. Do you like or dislike this format?

Right away I got that feeling of a husband expecting a perfect married life. He seems controlling of his wife and their environment. Of course, as young as she was when she first "fell in love", she could have actually been in love with the "girl crush" picture of husband, house, picket fence, 1 boy, 1 girl, a cat and a dog, two cars in the garage. She wanted to be the perfect wife herself.

Bob Sparkes and his wife are weathering a rough patch in their marriage too, now that the children are gone. Kate's career may be putting a bit of a strain on her marriage as well. Marital bliss is being tested here!

Imagine what it would be like to live with a person accused of an awful act. Do you think you could quell doubts, and stand by them?

Some of the circumstatial evidence brought against Glen does seem explainable. For instance, I don't believe that the photo album of children is a sinister item. A finger was pointed toward Glen by a very unsavory co-worker, who has successfully diverted police interest away from himself. Still Glen has not helped himself along by having to keep secrets.

I think too many contradictions are changing Jean's mind about her husband and their "perfect life". I think she pushed him!
Jan 04, 2017 03:28PM

45884 Looks as though we might have decent participation in discussions. Starting to read it now.

See you in the next thread!☺
Dec 30, 2016 04:25PM

45884 Ann wrote: "Almeta: It didn't matter did it? The tone was conversational, there were several rebutting a previous person's assertions, "my opinion of that" type responses that really piqued my interest and mov..."

Iy WAS a nice way to move the plot along. I think this touch really enhanced the book. Made it seem more personal.
Dec 29, 2016 10:49AM

45884 Larissa wrote: "Also, the portrayal of Perry's "temper"--the look, the atmosphere change, the sudden shift to a different personality. It's like watching The Shining: HERE'S JOHNNY! Where the hell does this rage m..."

I wonder, what sense it is that humans have that allows us to actually "smell the change in the air"? Or really I guess it would be, what chemical scent is given off when a person is about to become violent?
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