The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. William Morrow (2008).
I was completely drawn in by this tale. Having been to Salem, I could envision myself moving through the world Barry successfully recreates. I've always loved a good mystery, and the author delivers. I also think she did an admirable job of depicting the effects of abuse on a family. However, I knew a twist ending was coming and was not impressed by it. In fact, I thought Barry did a poor job of explaining how this ending could be. I am still puzzling over details in the book that don't make sense in light of the resolution. I did speed through the book, which is a sign of a well-crafted narrative.
(Originally posted on LibraryThing, May 31, 2008)