The Diviner's Tale

Morrow, Bradford

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Diviner's Tale
An Otto Penzler Book Walking a lonely forested valley on a spring morning in upstate New York, having been hired by a developer to dowse the land, Cassandra Brooks comes upon the shocking vision of a young girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities to the site, the body has vanished, leaving in question Cassandra's credibility if not her sanity. The next day, on a return visit with the sheriff to have another look, a dazed, mute missing girl emerges from the woods, alive and the very picture of Cassandra's hanged girl. What follows is the narrative of ever-deepening and increasingly bizarre divinations that will lead this gifted young woman, the struggling single mother of twin boys, hurtling toward a past she'd long since thought was behind her. The Diviner's Tale is at once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an otherwise ordinary woman. When Cassandra's dark forebodings take on tangible form, she is forced to confront a life spiraling out of control. And soon she is locked in a mortal chess match with a real-life killer who has haunted her since before she can remember.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 0547382634
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORROW 2011
Characteristics: 311 p. ;,24 cm


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Discovering a hanged body that disappears when she contacts authorities, dowser and single mother Cassandra Brooks is shocked to encounter the victim alive and is subsequently hurled into a fantastical confrontation with a past she thought she left behind.

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May 13, 2012
  • jsand67 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this book. The characters were interesting and the story was too. Well written.

Aug 03, 2011
  • Nineshadesofnifty rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. The language used was descriptive and interesting. Specific detail was give to describing nature, naming the flora and building a intricate image. The author's examination of spirituality contrasting the mother's Christianity with the father's undefined spiritual connectedness was interesting. The story builds slowly but kept me wanting more. I listened to the audio book available via Overdrive and the narrator was a perfect fit for the main character.

Apr 05, 2011
  • redwallflower rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was an okay read. I think that I expected more from it. At times, I found myself skimming through the text just to hit on the major plot points.


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