Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon

When Madeline returns from her jogging, she finds the campus in an uproar.  It's right in front of her dorm and she can't imagine what happened.  Whatever she might have thought, she sure didn't expect to find a dead student.  And especially not one lactating!

This book is published by Voice, a Hyperion imprint, and was just recently released.  I got my ebook from Net Galley for review (thank you both).  

This is a complex academic mystery that has its roots in traditions and relationships from the past.  The dead young woman was extraordinarily beautiful, smart and talented.  Why would she have had a baby and hide it from everyone?  The answer to that question is sad.  Having everything you want doesn't mean you have everything you need...

Madeline is an intern and this is her first year with this school.  She finds the school harbors secrets and many of the instructors choose not to see all that's happening on campus.

With a missing baby, an unknown murderer and an unknown father, there's lots to occupy the investigators.  Every person in this story is carrying psychological baggage of some kind.  They've all had bad experiences that influence their actions now. 

This is a detailed almost depressing story about how one young lady's desire to hurt her parents and get attention backfires on her.  But there is also love in the air.  Despite the problems around them and the tattered lives left behind, people are finding new hope and a new chance for love.  It's well worth the read.

Happy reading!  

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