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My favorite of all her books thus far,
This review is from: Folly (Hardcover)First Sentence: The gray-haired woman stood with her boots planted on the rocky promontory and watched what was left of her family pull away.
Rae Newborn is a woodworker whose work appears in galleries and museums. She is also a woman who has known tragedy, severe depression and attempted suicide more than once. Working to put her life back on track, Rae has come to Salvation Island to rebuild the house, known as Folly, built by her great-uncle and by fire. She is dealing with her fears after having been viciously attacked and a feeling of being watched.
Things don't improve when she finds a footprint that's not hers, learns her house in Los Angeles has been broken into and discovered a skeleton still containing the killing bullet.
This was a re-read for me and I found it as good the second time. Rae is a powerful character. In spite of her problems and past, you feel her strength and admire her self-awareness. Since the story is told in first-person, you have a real feel for her emotions and fears.
There is an interesting assortment of supporting character, including dead great-uncle Desmond, who are interesting in themselves but also act as a foil for Rae in demonstrating her determination.
I loved King's attention to detail and powers of description. Even if you've never worked with wood, anyone with a craft they love and recognition for the importance of the tools of that craft, will appreciate the descriptions of the wood her awareness of her tools.
The mystery isn't a traditional one. There is the present day mystery of whom, if anyone, is after Rae and the secondary mystery of Desmond, who came to the island with his own need to recover from shell shock after WWI.
Folly is a wonderful, emotional story and my favorite of anything King has written thus far.