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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Folly by Laurie R. King

Folly by Laurie R. King. New York: Bantam Books, 2001. ISBN: 0-553-11103-5

Another truly wonderful book by one of my favorite authors, Folly tells the story of a woman in her fifties, who, suffering from clinical depression and in the aftermath of a suicide attempt, not her first, decides to cure herself by a most unusual method. She moves to one of the small uninhabited San Juan Islands, and devotes herself to rebuilding as accurately as possible, the house her great-uncle had built there, back in the years immediately following the first world war.

Although this tome is independent of either of the author's mystery series, two mysteries are solved before the story ends, one historical, and one in the present. How did her grandfather's uncle, the original builder, die? And who is behind a series of attacks on her, the protagonist?

This makes it all sound so very prosaic, and uninteresting, even. But the book draws you in, like all of King's stories, and captures your every sense. Highly recommended for Laurie King fans, anyone who loves a good story, a good mystery, or fiction with a NW setting.

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