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Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
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Sep 06, 2012

really liked it

Interesting book. Dr. Jennifer White is a well respected hand surgeon who now has Alzheimer's. Her very best friend and neighbor has been murdered and four of her fingers have been surgically removed. Could she really have done that? It doesn't make sense, and because of her dementia it is really hard for the police to investigate. How are the investigators able to come to a conclusion when their suspect can't remember what she said two minutes ago? The way the book is formatted you are hearing what Dr. White is thinking and saying and in italics you hear what the person in the room is saying. Because she has Alzheimer's she is deteriorating at a rapid rate throughout the book.
Along with the investigation we have a window into her relationship with her husband and children. As anyone who had a relative or friend with Alzheimer's knows, watching someone go through this process is very painful. This person who was once very close to you is slipping away, not remembering you, and even changing personality.

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