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Things too Big to Name

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Professor Margaret Torrens retired to a mountain cabin only to find her solitude disturbed first by a former student with an odd, mute girl in tow, and soon after by a man who laid claim to both woman and child.

Now Margaret is locked in a ward for the criminally insane, and a charge of murder is in the air. As a psychologist pries out her story, she is waylaid by her own
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 9th 2019 by Fuze Publishing
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DNF - I do not rate or review books that I do not finish.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Things Too Big To Name by Molly Best Tinsley begins with the equivalent of an authorial punch. The main character, Margaret, is driving down a dark highway when she hits a deer. Confused and disoriented, she manages to make it back to her house where she is immediately confronted by what may (or may not) be the spirit of her late husband. What follows after this is nearly 300 pages of a fascinating descent into Margarets mind as she questions her sanity and everything that she has come to know ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dear Ben

This is how some of the most poignant passages in Molly Best Tinsley's book, Things Too Big To Name begin. Margaret, a retired professor living on her own in the mountains, lost her husband years earlier and now writes to him as a way of keeping in her memory everything that they shared. But there is a twist, Margaret is pretty sure that she has seen Ben's ghost in her house.
Tinsley is an excellent storyteller and as creative a writer as I've ever seen. I loved the way she pieced the
Dan Lawton
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Small presses can find and publish some amazing stories. This is one of those times.

Margaret is in prison and speaks with a mental health worker every day over a couple weeks. We know she's been accused of a serious crime, though we don't know who the victim is or what the accusation is. The story bounces between Margaret's inner dialogue and letters to her deceased husband, the story of why she's imprisoned through her conversations with the mental health worker, and the backstory of her and
Just another reader
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charged with a crime as serious as murder, and bordering on deeming herself insane, Margaret is our dynamite protagonist. Trying to grapple with reality and taking the suggestions of Alec, her psychiatric counselor, she decides to chronicle the events of the past in a book, and much as the counselor, we are left eagerly wanting to know how the events transcended. Her late husband's Ben spirit that haunts her, her former student who suddenly lands up on her doorstep with a child, the man who ...more
Becky Willis
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Margaret (the main character) takes you through her past as well as her present while she is being held in a ward for the insane.  She takes you through what has brought her to this point and time in her life as she journals for her psychologist who visits her repeatedly.  She is supposed to be writing about things to help her figure out how Victor died but instead she is focused on writing to her husband that passed away a few decades ago.

You find that sometimes the lines are blurred. When it
Carole Rae
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued right away! The cover and the story itself just called for me. I had to read it!

The story follows Margaret who has retired to a cabin in the mountains to find solitude. However, she comes across a former student with an odd, mute girl in tow. Then there is a man who follows after claiming to be looking for this woman and child. Now, Margaret finds herself locked away in a ward for the criminally insane talking to a psychologist who tries to figure out the truth and find her
Laura Thomas
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
That title says tons. Talk about tripping the light fantastic. I was tripping all through this emotional read. Didnt know if Margaret was coming or going.

It all starts when Margaret hits a deer while driving to her remote cabin. When she finally makes it there, the story immediately takes hold. Did she really see the ghost of her dead husband? Why did her former student come to her door? Who was the strange child she had in tow? What did they want?

Margaret wants answers. Shes confused and doesnt
Gud Reader
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Things Too Big to Name' is a mysterious psychological thriller filled with twists and surprise reveals. Margaret an early retiree who moves into a lonely cabin at the foothills of Siskiyous is in search of answers. Her past is on her back. It all begins when she hits a deer while driving to her remote cabin, an act she feels ashamed of. She gets home and admits seeing her dead husband's ghost. However, things take a very different turn when her former student tagging along a small mute child
Edwin Battistella
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A literary thriller seamlessly weaving together of three stories covering in different time frames and themes, ultimately centered the realities love, goodness, fidelity, justice, and sacrifice. Oh, and the protagonist is a retired English professor living in the mountains near the fictional town of Pine Springs, Oregon.
Donadee's Corner
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone of this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Virtual Tours - Teddy Rose
Molly Best Tinsley Things Too Big to Name Reviewed 10/28/19
Death, retirement, seclusion, intrusion, paternal wave, back to death!!!!

The unthinkable has happened and Margaret is incarcerated, undergoing an evaluation to stand trial for murder. As she is forced to work with the prison psychologist, he wants her to tell her story as to what happened and how she is involved. Her story begins when Margaret lost her husband and decided to hide from the world in the backwoods of Oregon. On her way
Donna Thompson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
What can I say about a book that is so incredibly real, that is so visceral, and that hits you like a punch to the gut? A book that is so uniquely different and compulsively readable that you just cant put it down? Reading Margarets (or Midges) story was a gut-wrenching, emotional experience unlike any other. During the course of the book, I rose to the heights of splendor and sunk to the lowest pits of abject despair. This author is one you want to read for the pure, unadulterated beauty of her ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Margaret, a retired English professor, is accused of murder. She is currently at a psychiatric facility to determine whether she is sane enough to stand trial. Her counselor, Alec, insists that she write about what happened. The book consists of her attempts to reconstruct the events, coupled with interludes in which she talks to her deceased husband Ben. Its a bit confusing, especially because Tinsley does not use quotation marks here, so its hard to tell whether someone is speaking out loud or ...more
Todd Kinsey
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
By far the best book Ive read this year, Things too Big to Name is part murder mystery and part psychological thriller.

At times reminiscent of Kristin Hannah and others A.S. Byatt; author, Molly Best Tinsley writes with vivid prose and a piercing wit. Narrated by that little voice we all have in the back of our minds. The book opens with us deep in the recesses of our protagonist, Professor Torrens mind and twists and turns from there.

The only negative for me was there was a little too much
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Air Force brat Molly Best Tinsley taught on the civilian faculty at the United States Naval Academy for twenty years and is the institution's first professor emerita. Author of MY LIFE WITH DARWIN (Houghton Mifflin) and THROWING KNIVES (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored SATAN'S CHAMBER (Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, THE CREATIVE PROCESS (St. Martin's). Her most recent books ...more

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