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Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
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May 11, 2012

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bookshelves: audiobooks, mystery, fiction
Read from May 11 to July 13, 2012

This combination fiction/mystery tells the story of Dr. Jennifer White, a brilliant surgeon who specializes in hand surgery, and is suspected of murdering her best friend and then carefully removing her fingers. The hitch in this story is that Jennifer has Alzheimer's and can't even remember that her friend has died, let alone whether or not she was the murderer. What makes this book fascinating is that the narrator is Jennifer and is told in the voice of someone with drastic mood swings and severe memory loss. I really enjoyed seeing this perspective of Alzheimer's. But, the mystery portion was only mediocre for me. In fact, I finished this book less than 2 months ago and somehow, I cannot remember who was the murderer (at least no spoilers here!). Maybe it's early onset dementia for me, but the mystery part of this story was not that captivating (or memorable), but the emotion and frustration of a highly skilled person going through such a debilitating disease was fascinating.
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