Turn of Mind

LaPlante, Alice

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Turn of Mind
Implicated in the murder of her best friend, Jennifer White, a brilliant retired surgeon with dementia, struggles with fractured memories of their complex relationship and wonders if she actually committed the crime.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0802119778
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAPLANTE 2011
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,24 cm


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Aug 12, 2014
  • desire8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I've ever read. If one needs to understand the progression from dementia to Altzimers, this is the bible.

Dec 17, 2012

Very quick read...a bit depressing but a good story.

Sep 07, 2012
  • WomanOfMystery rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As you can see from the summaries this is a very unusual premise for a mystery. I was not sure I wouldt like this book when I first picked it up but boy was I wrong. I found the story compelling.
"Who are these strangers in my house?"
You will just have to read the book to find out.

Jul 11, 2012
  • snkattk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

insightful take on a mind stuggling with dementia. a little predictable, but still a compelling read. LaPlante takes you on a convincing journey through Dr. Whites mind.

Jun 20, 2012
  • eatlizzardsdaily rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I read about Turn of Mind on The Book Lady's Blog, which is a wonderful blog, and was immediately intrigued. I became even more interested when I found that she would be speaking and reading at The King's English Bookshop in Sugarhouse on August 24.

My last journey to the King's English brought me to meet Christopher McDougall the author of "Born to Run." He was so incredibly nice and down to earth and I immediately wanted to hear and meet more authors.

Turn of Mind is about Jennifer White, an orthopedic surgeon in her late 60's who has had to retire due to Alzheimer's. When her best friend and arch nemesis, turns up dead with 4 fingers surgerically removed, the mystery ensues.

While this book was definitely thought provoking, and a little depressing at times, I didn't finish reading it with a sense of foreboding or overwhelming sadness. I loved that it took me right into Jennifer's mind, and I realized that if I was confused at what was going on, then so was Jennifer. This book made me want to take extreme measures (like dance with a black cat under a full moon, or sacrifice a hampster) to make sure that I nor anyone I love ever contract Alzheimer's. What an awful disease, but what an amazing book to come from such decayed mental ashes.

Jun 04, 2012
  • Carlitos rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A mystery written from the point of view of a person with Alzheimer's? It was hard to imagine how a writer could pull this off, but Alice LaPlante does it. The mystery itself is not so mysterious, perhaps, but the human brain certainly is. The narrator is a brilliant surgeon who is a "person of interest" in an investigation into the murder of her best friend. During the course of the novel, we are made aware of the progress of the disease as the narrator's thoughts become increasingly divorced from reality. Or are they?

Apr 26, 2012

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Apr 22, 2012

Great read - frightening, chilling,and oddly, sometimes funny.

Apr 11, 2012
  • akarenina rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The mystery element is overshadowed by the protagonist's descent into dementia and her dysfunctional family and friend. This psychological study is foremost.

Feb 16, 2012

I thought this book was brilliant, sad, but a page turning story.

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