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Web of Angels

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  682 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Just as Jodi Picoult tackles controversial contemporary issues in her compelling domestic dramas, in Web of Angels bestselling novelist Lilian Nattel explores the vivid reality of what used to be called multiple personality disorder. A Vintage Canada trade paperback original.

On the surface of things, Sharon Lewis is a lot like any other happily married mother of 3: she is
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Knopf Canada
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Courtney Stuart
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book that you have to concentrate on right from the start because the number of characters that you get introduced to can get a little confusing. But thats the beauty of the story. I can only assume that it can be difficult and confusing for people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as is portrayed in this stunning novel. And strange how cycles of truth swirl around a person, I have also read "Secret Selves" by Jamie Johnson in the last year, which also deals with the iss ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-friends
This is a beautiful book and so very well-written. I didn't quite expect to be thrown in to the storyline so quickly, to be honest, the back of the book makes it sound much more gradual. Almost immediately you are thrown in to Sharon/Lyssa/Alec/Callisto/etc.'s world, trying to keep the personalities and characters straight. But it's wonderful to read, how Sharon deals with all of it and having to face her past and being a multiple, and how her family reacts in the face of dissociative identity d ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Right from the first sentence, Web of Angels is astonishing, shocking, loving. Lilian Nattel leads us in an exploration of how our communities cope with deep heartache, the loss of our young, and how we, as individuals, cope with trauma and the communities we carry within ourselves. Step into this novel and you will find yourself submerged; wake from it, and you will find yourself transformed. Web of Angels is a rare gift, perfectly named; within this novel, Lilian Nattel has offered us the work ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have never met Lilian Nattel, but I feel I know her. The rink where she skates. The sound of her kids' laughter. The way she sees the world in which she lives. The photographs that thrill her. I read and loved her international sensation, The River Midnight. I celebrated when her new book, Web of Angels, was bought by Knopf Canada. I was honored, a few short weeks ago, when a copy showed up in my mailbox. I opened to the first page. I was stunned by the opening lines. I thought I knew Lilian N ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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John C.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dissociative identity disorder (DID, also known as Multiple Personality Disorder in the ICD-10), is a psychiatric diagnosis. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) one of the essential features of Dissociative Identity Disorder is that at least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person's behavior (switching), between distinct personality states. These dissociated states routinely control behavior, and are often limi ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: week-to-read
I picked this book up on a whim, I thought the book was about loss & death and was intrigued. Well, after buying it and reading some reviews, I discovered that it was about a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder, "DID" - a subject that I only know about from a high school psychology course & watching "The United States of Tara" (which is not exactly a lot of education on the subject). This book took a little while to get into, you do have to pay attention to it and I wasn't instantly "hooke ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, but I am rounding up!

This was a powerful story about a woman with dissociative identity disorder. I was amazed at how all her multiples worked together, and how and when she switched. It was really interesting to me that most people that Sharon knew did not know that she had DID, and how she was able to function and interact so that she seemed like her 'normal' self to other people.

This book became even more interesting when Sharon was finding out about Heather and Cathy's situation.
J.A. McLachlan
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Web of Angels by Lilian Nattel is a fascinating and well-researched novel about Sharon, a seemingly normal mother-of-three who happens to have DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder, or what many think of as multiple personalities. The suicide of a young girl, Heather, who is known to the family, causes Sharon's multiple personalities to emerge as the story unfolds. Slowly Sharon's alternate personalities reveal that Heather's sister, Cathy, may also be in danger. Sharon must confront the reality o ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Borrowed this book from my mother before she had the chance to read it. The book still had it's book shop sticker on it.

After I read about 5 pages, I didn't want to give it back to her. I was haunted. I did not want her to read this book.

At points, the prose is clumsy. I felt as though I knew what was coming in this story long before the author had actually gotten to the impetus for the events of the story as they are told. I was expecting it, and I was prepared for the depravity. I think I mig
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on the plane today. The flight seemed too short as I was do engrossed with it. It is a tough book to read in some parts , dealing as it does with childhood abuse. However, the author handles it with both honesty and grace so you don't feel it exploits the pain of the children. Her depiction of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) is not sensationalized. Once you get used to the characters, inside and outside, it becomes quite easy to tell who is who by their style of speaking an ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found the beginning I this book a bit hard to concentrate on because of the many characters of sharon but, once they were developed it was a lot easier to follow. I found it harder and harder to put down because it talks about very disturbing issues in real life. I cried for every innocent child that has ever or will ever be hurt in this way! It takes a strong person to be able to write about these issues and I gave the author a hell of a lot of credit to captivate the readers!
Apr 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I found this book really difficult to read. It didn't keep my attention at all. Tough read.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
to hard to get into gave up! Can't keep my interest long enough to want to keep going!
Ashlee Rakievich
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: drama

Couldn't get into it... I gave up.
Bob Bossin
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why Web of Angels didn't win more prizes than it did. A thoughtful, sophisticated mystery. Hard to put it down.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mom-books
While the praise for this book is excessive and waaaay too generous, I enjoyed it. This was another mom book of epic proportions, with far too many references to Christie Pits park and other landmarks in Toronto and a touch too much sentimentality. However, even with those elements, it was the perfect type of cottage read that keeps you interested enough to keep going. Knowing nothing about DID, it was interesting to get a bit of a perspective on that and the big reveal was a bit shocking, to sa ...more
Jane Glen
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the easiest book to read. Looks at child abuse resulting in multiple personality disorder. Seemed somewhat contrived at times. I loved the first book I've read by this author and have another one to try. Not all books by the same author are alike.
Nikki Ball
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
**Trigger warning (spoiler)**

Rape and child molestation

Not the dark turn I was expecting. Pretty disturbing content.

I also found I wasn’t in the right head space to follow all the characters that were introduced, you really have to be following closely.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
A very difficult read and confusing. I finally gave up.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Erin Hopkin (née Rayfield)
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-challenge
Overall I would give Web of Angels 4 out of 5 stars, and would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy novels with controversial issues and drama.

The story revolves around a mother, Sharon, whose son’s girlfriend’s sister, Heather, commits suicide while nine months pregnant. Sharon has dissociative identity disorder (DID), or multiple personality disorder, and has kept this a secret from everyone her entire life. The novel’s real strength is its portrayal of the disorder as Sharon’s struggles
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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CONFUSING. This book BEGS for a more tightly written story line. I understood the need for it to seem a little scattered overall, as to match the main character's lack of emotional and mental control, but could have used a lot more structure. The subject matter is highly disturbing in this novel, and may not bode well for the faint of heart-I damn near lost of control of mine towards the conclusion.

Sharon suffers from a mentally complex disorder known as DID (diss
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
For some, the subject matter within this story may be difficult to read. Ms. Nattel has written with honesty and respect without over dramatizing. The main premise is a woman, Sharon, having the courage to 'come out of the closet' as a multiple (challenged with DID) within her family. As a result, she is able to recognize and help a young girl, Cathy, also with multiples who is suffering from the same type of childhood Sharon lived through, sexual child abuse.

Lilian Nattel wrote the story in suc
Ayla Estavillo
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At first i kind of had a hard time catching up because i wasn't used to the way it was written. It was not the kind of writing i usually come across with authors i'm familiar with. But i consider that a good thing and was able to adjust and get a grip on it, deeply hooked as it was really an interesting concept. This kind of story is not common. That's what i really love about it.

I've had an idea of what DID is when i first studied it in college. Then i saw United States of Tara which was a sho
Pamela Detlor
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Some books grab you by the throat from the first sentence: Web of Angels is one of those books.
Bestselling Canadian author, Lilian Nattel delivers an original story wherein the main character (Sharon Lewis) seems like an every-day, married, mother of three; until the suicide of a pregnant teen reveals some dark truths, including Sharon’s own secret.

Sharon has DID: “dissociative identity disorder,” formerly known as multiple personality disorder. The trauma of Heather Edwards’ death has stirred t
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Web of Angels was a book club selection, and I'm not sure why, but I was expecting something a lot lighter than what this novel delivered.
Im not one to shy away from heavy reading, but due to some of the graphic descriptions in this book, I wish I'd had a heads up.

That being said, this novel is very well executed. If you have ever wondered what it must be like living with DID (aka multiple personality disorder), look no further. I suspect this is a very accurate portrayal.

I did find the beginn
This book tells the story of Sharon Lewis, by all accounts, a typical suburban wife and mother. The secret Sharon is hiding is that she has a psychological disorder (DID) where the person has multiple personalities. No one seems to realize that she has DID.

The author deals quite skillfully and sensitively with the multiple personalities. There is quite a contrast between the perception of a normal domestic life and what actually happens behind closed doors in this story.

I enjoyed reading this bo
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
The Web of Angels protagonist has DID Disassociate Personality Disorder or what a layman would refer to as multiple personalities. The split occurred because of severe abuse as a child. Sharon Lewis is functioning as a normal adult now. She has a husband, three kids, and lives in a tight knit community. Sharon is the earth mother, looking after everyone's needs. She feels especially responsible for children. When the pregnant sister of her son's girlfriend shoots herself, Sharon's world is rocke ...more
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