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The Diviner's Tale

Morrow, Bradford (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"[A] splendidly written mystery . . . a compelling story. Grade: A" -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "Subtle, distinctive and well-wrought." -- Washington Post Hired by a developer to dowse a lonely forested valley in upstate New York, Cassandra Brooks comes upon a girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities, however, the body has vanished, calling into question her sanity--at least until a dazed, mute girl emerges from the woods, alive and eerily reminiscent of Cassandra's vision of the hanged girl. Increasingly bizarre divinations ensue, leading Cassandra back to a past she thought long behind her, locking her in a mortal chess match with a killer who has returned from the past to haunt her once more. "Sublime . . . creates a seamless breathing breathtaking unity of the literary and the suspense novel, detonating the very notion of genre. Riveting, insightful, sentence-by-sentence charged with feeling, it bears us, helpless, with it on its downward journey to illumination." --Peter Straub
Authors: Morrow, Bradford, 1951-
Title: The diviner's tale
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Characteristics: 311 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bradford Morrow
Notes: "An Otto Penzler book"
ISBN: 9780547382630
0547382634
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORROW 2011
Subject Headings: Dowsing Fiction Serial murderers Fiction
Genre/Form: Paranormal fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Dowsing
Serial murderers
LCCN: 2009047462
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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
  • JodiMarr_MarkhamPL 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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