'An unusual and beguiling literary thriller about a fascinating family of women. The setting of the tight-knit Salem community, still haunted by a heritage of witchcraft and persecution, is marvellously evoked. Enchanting, whimsical and menacing by turns and with a brightly drawn oddball cast it's an exhilarating and ultimately uplifting read.' Rachel Hore, 'The Memory Garden'
'A gorgeously written literary novel that's also a doozy of a thriller, capped with a jaw-dropping denouement that will leave even the most careful reader gasping … a major feat' Chicago Tribune
'Gripping … a marvellously bizarre cast of characters (living and dead) in a uniquely colorful town' Washington Post
'[A] richly imagined saga of passion, suspense and magic' Time
'Blithe and creepy in equal measure. [Barry] captures [Salem] evocatively and often wittily. What is real in "The Lace Reader"? What is not? … There are clues planted everywhere …' New York Times
'A spine-tingler … "The Lace Reader" is tailor-made for a boisterous night at the book club' People
‘“The Lace Reader” is a terrific paranormal police procedural. The story line is fast-paced and Brunonia Barry provides an enjoyable mystery in which relativity is not an exact science. “The Lace Reader” is a winner.’ Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette
‘“The Lace Reader” is that rare thing – a literary page-turner, worthy for its story and for its art.’ Tom Jenks, Narrative Magazine
‘A captivating debut. Barry excels at capturing the feel of small town life, and balances action with close looks at the characters' inner worlds. Her pacing and use of different perspectives show tremendous skill and will keep readers captivated all the way through.’ Publishers Weekly Starred Review – A book of outstanding quality.
Drawn by family. Driven by fear. Haunted by fate.