Barry has written a mysteriously moving novel that captivates the reader with skillful intertwining of character and setting. Salem comes alive, its history and present, so that it is as much a character in the story as the people themselves. I got the sense the air the characters breathed in Salem infused their lives and affected their destinies.
Zee's family legacy, tied in with Salem's history, colored her relationships and life decisions. The psychological development of her character and ties to the past were intriguing, and kept me turning the pages. The Map of True Places was a wonderful blend of atmospheric and psychological suspense, and I look forward to more of Barry's work.