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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 July 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005AJOI7M
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Turn of Mind is written in very short paragraphs, italics being used when a character other than Jennifer is speaking. It isn't always clear exactly who is speaking, and I often had to flip back a couple of passages to determine who was who. This is certainly not a page-turner in the usual sense of a murder mystery, but it's well-written and the author convincingly conveys what it must be like to suffer from this horrible disease.
Overall I did enjoy this book and will probably look out for future novels by Alice La Plante.
The result is multi-layered: a tragic story of a previously highly intelligent woman with a worsening condition but with flashes of memory that add great poignancy to her situation; and a gripping murder mystery. The first plays to all our darkest fears of losing our minds and memory, the sheer indignities of old age and the loss of self. The second is, from the start, not as straightforward as the story suggests, and you are unlikely to be too surprised at the ending.
In reality, what grips you and makes you keep turning the page is not the murder theme at all but the need to watch this woman's decline, as much as you want to turn away from it. You almost feel like a voyeur but cannot leave it alone. I realise this may be a very personal reaction but for me this was above all a human tragedy, where all of our younger lives and hopes and dreams are invested in this character and we empathise with her loss while dreading her fate. I am not sure where the publisher or Amazon will categorise this book but it is not a mystery/thriller and will not necessarily please those who search that genre. It is literary fiction.
This is not an easy read, the subject matter is very difficult and at times the writing style can be difficult to follow. Told in the first person by Dr Jennifer White in a mixture of ways - through diary journals, through flash-backs and dreams and through dialogue. Jennifer was a brilliant surgeon, her speciality was hand surgery, she still has a brilliant mind ...... sometimes. Jennifer has Alzheimers and is struggling, sometimes she wonders just who that blond woman in the kitchen is, sometimes she knows who her daughter is and always she forgets that her friend Amanda is dead.
It is Amanda's murder that is the central point of the story, the police suspect Jennifer. After all, Amanda's body was discovered with her fingers surgically removed from one hand - how many people in Amanda's life could do that.
As the novel continues, the reader is let into Jennifer's world - it's not easy place to be, and it seems that Jennifer has not always been the nicest of woman, but flash backs reveal truths that have been hidden and only add to the story and to the make up of the characters.
Yes, there will be comparisons to Alice Genova's Still Alice, which I really enjoyed reading too, but I became so much more involved in the story and the cast of Turn of Mind.
A very clever debut novel - I'm sure that Alice LaPlante is going to go from strength to strength, I can hardly wait to see what she comes up after this.
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A bitter sweet novel which leaves all we 60 somethings thinking we, too have the beginninga of dementia.Published on 16 Mar. 2015 by S. MatthewsWallace
Bit of an odd story, read most of it as it was a designated read for the book club that I belong to, probably wouldn't have bought it otherwise.Published on 11 Sept. 2014 by Mrs. Laraine S. Nash
This book has many elements, is compassionate yet also is a mystery novel, all woven together carefully and with carefully sculpted style. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by K. Law
Told mainly from the perspective of a woman suffering from Alzheimers Disease the book gives the reader an insight into the gradual disintegration of her mental health and the... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Elizabeth Hepburn
Not an easy book to read but well worth the effort.
Insightful about a conditional that we usually encounter from the observer's POV. Very well written -