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The Lace Reader (Paperback)
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The Lace Reader (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 04/02/2010
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Drawn by family. Driven by fear. Haunted by fate.

Would knowing the future be a gift or a burden? Or even a curse...?

The Whitney women of Salem, Massachusetts are renowned for reading the future in the patterns of lace. But the future doesn't always bring good news - as Towner Whitney knows all too well. When she was just fifteen her gift sent her whole world crashing to pieces. She predicted - and then witnessed - something so horrific that she vowed never to read lace again, and fled her home and family for good. Salem is a place of ghosts for Towner, and she swore she would never return.

Yet family is a powerful tie. So it is that fifteen years later, Towner finds herself back in Salem. Her beloved Great Aunt Eva has suddenly disappeared - and when you've lived a life like Eva's, that could mean real trouble. But Salem is wreathed in sickly shadows and whispered half-memories. It's fast becoming clear that the ghosts of Towner's fractured past have not been brought fully into the light. And with them comes the threat of terrifying new disaster.

A literary page-turner with depth, narrative power and a story that novels like `The Thirteenth Tale' can only dream of, `The Lace Reader' is a bewitching and tightly plotted read.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007345823
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 288 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`An unusual and beguiling literary thriller about a fascinating family of women. The setting of the tight-knit Salem community, still haunted by a heritage of witchcraft and persecution, is marvellously evoked. Enchanting, whimsical and menacing by turns and with a brightly drawn oddball cast it's an exhilarating and ultimately uplifting read.' Rachel Hore, `The Memory Garden'

`Blithe and creepy in equal measure. [Barry] captures [Salem] evocatively and often wittily. What is real in "The Lace Reader"? What is not?...There are clues planted everywhere.' New York Times

`Gripping...a marvellously bizarre cast of characters (living and dead) in a uniquely colorful town.' Washington Post

`A gorgeously written literary novel that's also a doozy of a thriller, capped with a jaw-dropping denouement that will leave even the most careful reader gasping...a major feat.' Chicago Tribune

`Set in Salem, Brunonia Barry's "The Lace Reader" is a witty dark story about a family gifted with the art of reading fortunes in lace heirlooms, but whose sinister predictions frighten even themselves.' Easy Living

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Nicole @WstonesHemel

“Salem, witches and calvinists”

Towner will lie to you, she can't help herself. With gaps in her memory who could tell a story straight.
Having moved out from Salem and away from her family 15 years ago she is summoned back as her Great Aunt... More

Paperback edition
12th November 2010
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“Not quite what I was expecting...”

I was pretty excited to read this book, but it proved to be somewhat of a disappointment for me. I loved the premise of the book, and was all ready to settle down to a gothic mystery involving witchcraft, fortune... More

Paperback edition
12th April 2010
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