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The Lace Reader: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Not What You Expect

The author set the stage perfectly in this amazing book, ¿My name is Towner Whitney. No, that¿s not exactly true. My real name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time.¿ Towner Whitney had a rough life, at seventeen her twin sister died leaving Towner hospitalize...
The author set the stage perfectly in this amazing book, ¿My name is Towner Whitney. No, that¿s not exactly true. My real name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time.¿ Towner Whitney had a rough life, at seventeen her twin sister died leaving Towner hospitalized to undergo shock therapy. Soon afterward, Towner leaves Salem and moves cross-country to California. When she receives news of the death of her Great Aunt Eva, Towner makes the dreaded trip back home after a fifteen-year absence. Her return sparks lots of emotions and gossip and the story begins to unfold. The telling of a family history of the women in the Whitney family, who live life quite differently from everyone else and have a unique magical ability to read lace. Interwoven into the story is the background of Towner and her twin sister. Adding to the story is the random disappearance of a young woman tied to the family by strings unknown. The author manages to captivate the audience with her potent descriptions of Salem and its history. Layering and adding multiple stories, giving select information and perceptions to the reader, and throwing twists and turns around every corner, the final chapters explode into perfection. The Lace Reader is quirky and unique in its own way, but the style the author uses makes it a must read for anyone looking for something just off center. High praises for The Lace Reader and Brunonia Barry. Valerie Jones

posted by Anonymous on August 30, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Ok, not great

Based upon the summary and other reviews I was looking forward to reading the book. The idea of reading lace was intriguing and the setting sounded mysterious. I was all set for a weekend of escapist reading but was disappointed and ended up annoyed. The book started ...
Based upon the summary and other reviews I was looking forward to reading the book. The idea of reading lace was intriguing and the setting sounded mysterious. I was all set for a weekend of escapist reading but was disappointed and ended up annoyed. The book started out interesting, the plot went nowhere. The concept of lace reading was original but other than that it was filled with stereotypical characters (can anyone say recovering alcoholic Irish cop?, among others) Although the descriptions of people and places were well written, the plot was not. It was cluttered with non-essentials. By the end of the book, I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters. There are several reasons why I can't recommend the book, but it would spoil it for someone else who might not share my opinions. I was glad I checked it out of the library rather than purchasing.

posted by 611084 on March 2, 2009

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    I'm with "Are you Kidding me?" Not a good read

    I too read the reviews and thought this would be a quirky but interesting and good read - it wasn't. I read it on tape - and contrary to what others have said - I did not think it was very good. The book is a muddy mess. It was relatively easy to figure out - you could tell where the author was heading = but it didn't make sense. Don't waste your time. Too many books, too little time... leave this one behind.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Unsatisfying

    I felt I had wasted my time and had really looked forward to the book. One must remember that one of the first paragraphs did state "I have always been a liar."

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2008

    Are you kidding me?

    I bought this book several months ago, after reading a great review. It sounded like a good story, and a good vacation read. Maybe it's just me, but reading all 300+ pages was torture and the only reason I finished the book was the fact I bought it. It is definitely not the kind of book you can't wait to read the next chapter. It is slow, depressing and you have the "surprise ending" figured out about 1/3 of the way through. I definitely do not recommend.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Don't Bother

    I was very excited to read this book as the concept of reading lace seemed very intriguing. However, quite early on in the book it became apparent that the author was going nowhere fast. The plot lost momentum very early on and the characters were not well developed and therefore not very likable.The characters seemed to show up out of the blue with not much reason. It's as if the author didn't know where she was heading and simply decided to sprinkle in characters that did not make much sense. Often 50 to 75 pages would go by with not much happening at all. Don't bother wasting money on this one, get it from the library if you must! I'm glad I did as opposed to buying it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Dont bother

    Cliche, drags, no real story and the writing is juevenile. I lways finish books and was so irritated by this I tossed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Boo

    Boo Hoo Hoo

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    couldn't wait for it to end!

    This book was messily put together. There was no order to the book. In many places it was just boring. My book group read this, so I felt I had to finish it. The plot was hard to follow. There were too many unanswered questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Not A Fan

    This book was nothing like I thought it would be.

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