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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 11 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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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    pretty good book

    This was a pretty good book, some parts dragged on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Interesting read.

    Not quite sure how I feel about this book or author. She does make you think about dementia and your outlook but felt she left a lot out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Dementia & Murder

    This has gotten rave reviews from Editors and Customers as it purportedly lets us into the mind of an Alzheimer's patient as she considers, not only life, but the murder of her best friend. Somehow, I couldn't get into this at all. The first person narration wasn't appealing. Nobody in the book is appealing. The plot is replete with unfaithful spouses and drugs, the usual suspects these days.

    The demented protagonist talks a lot about her memory failures, but there is none of the original, witty, perceptive slips that someone with dementia can have. I am the caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient and his logic or illogic is very revealing as to how things in the mind are connected.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    An Intelligent skilled Surgeon with Alzheimer's

    This is a "who done it?" story with a very interesting twist. The protagonist has Alzheimer's disease. I kept reading to get a view of the life of a person with Alzheimer's. Could a person with this disease do the things she did? It was exciting to imagine she could.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Quite confusing

    So depressing. Do not recommend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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