The Diviner's Tale

The Diviner's Tale

Book - 2011
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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

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547758657
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

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

Nineshadesofnifty Aug 03, 2011

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

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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