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The Lace Reader


A cross between 'The Memory-Keeper's Daughter' and 'The Sixth Sense', this mesmerising first novel takes the reader into a world of secrets, confused ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.334
Sue K

Just couldn't get into it :-(

by Sue K on Sep 24, 2011

I read the first 5 chapters but this book just wasn't to my liking ... I thought that after reading 5 chapters something would spark my interest ... it just didn't happen.


Very interesting

by dualjazz on Aug 18, 2009

It took me a little bit of time to get into it and keep the timing straight. I kept reading, and I loved the book and was surprised by the twist at the end.



by raineandroses on Jun 15, 2009

This story was slow to start. I almost gave up. I am glad I didn't because once I did become involved, the book became a page-turner for me. The Whitney women present layers of intrigue in their relationships to each other. They are three generations of quirky women (including a set of twins) who deal with dysfunctional family issues in surprising ways. They are also seers who find symbols in the spaces of the lace. I loved reading about Ipswich lace, how it was made, who made it and how it was read. The author wove clues about the story in her preface to each chapter under the guise of how-to excerpts from "The Lace Reader's Guide." Add to the family dynamics, the sea, witches, red hats, a runaway, a single-dad policeman and Calvinists in Salem, MA and you have a highly entertaining read with many surprises. I was sorry when it ended.

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