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Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
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Sep 04, 11

bookshelves: adult-fiction, contemporary, suspense
Read from August 31 to September 03, 2011

Former orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jennifer White is the ultimate unreliable narrator, due to her Alzheimer's. When her friend turns up dead, with four fingers surgically removed, she is the prime suspect. The entire narrative is written as if coming in, through, and out of a dense fog. It's sometimes hard to follow, but LaPlante does an admirable job of keeping the plot moving forward. The text is sometimes choppy, but the brevity of many passages compels you forward, and soon you realize that you've been reading for far too long before bed.

I felt it ended with a whimper, though, with the revelations not all that exciting. However, it's a decent, quick and kind of suspenseful read.

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