by Lorraine, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
The Lace Reader is a wonderfully layered novel of gothic suspense set in Salem, Massachusetts. The women of the Whitney family are psychics who can see the future by concentrating on the patterns in handmade lace. Each chapter opens with a passage from the fictional Lace Reader's Guide. As Towner Whitney revisits Salem (a world she left behind years before) to look for her missing aunt, she uncovers a mystery that is deeper and more complex than the lace that she is compelled to read again. A captivating and smart debut with which to while away a summer afternoon.