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Turn of Mind

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Thrilling

This was my first book by Alice LaPlante and I don't regret giving it a try. The story is fantastic, the characters are very well developed. Can only recommend.

posted by theReader278 on July 16, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not For Me

I'm sorry to say that I didn't care for this novel. Told through the first person narrative of Dr. Jennifer White, the reader is given a firsthand glimpse of the rapid deterioration that dementia has on the mind. While anything other than the first person narrative w...
I'm sorry to say that I didn't care for this novel. Told through the first person narrative of Dr. Jennifer White, the reader is given a firsthand glimpse of the rapid deterioration that dementia has on the mind. While anything other than the first person narrative would have left much to be desired within the novel, the narrative itself is extremely heartbreaking and, at times, difficult to follow. I have never met anyone with dementia, but LaPlante has created an all too real account of what it's like inside the mind of someone suffering from this disease as they rapidly go from one thought to the next, only to lose the previous one.
While there is much suspense and mystery surrounding the death of Jennifer's friend Amanda, I did find the novel overly repetitive at times, which only makes sense since Jennifer is constantly relearning the same information. However, repetition of events, especially sad ones, isn't really my forte. As I like more upbeat, happy novels, this was somewhat of a downer for me, as the treatment of Jennifer by her family, along with her own lapse of memories, creates a depressing tone and left me feeling dejected in the end, especially as the deterioration of Jennifer's mind increased. However, LePlante's revelation of the murderer does make it a worthwhile read--I never saw it coming. So, if you don't mind a little repetition and sadness that accompanies dementia, then I recommend you read this novel. Two and half stars.

posted by Read_A_Book on July 3, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Predictable and ad

    Not worth my time

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    The Normality of the Mind

    A sixty-plus protagonist is most decidedly against the norm. I am not one to propagate the standard telling format, but there is a reason that the elderly rarely carry the storyline. The natural decay of the brain, sans mental illness, is debilitating enough. For all the soul searching and temporal grasping, what does it matter? Even if Dr. Jennifer White murdered Amanda, she's going to do a twenty bit or life in jail or an asylum. Like it or not, the hoary are introspective to the nth degree and their imaginings are basically exaggerated mind shifts. Mental illness? Not so much.

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