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Folly (2001)

by Laurie R. King

Series: Folly Island (1)

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Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s.

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  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
My copy has no covers, so I had no idea what to expect. Took this as a holiday read in case I have to leave the book behind. Turned out to be an interesting read starting as a story of a mentally unstable woman who begins a building process that is not only about building a house, but also her mind and personality. Detours to family history, and towards the end the story turns into a full-on thriller. Very suprising and suspenseful, will look into the author. ( )
  Iira | Jan 13, 2019 |
Good change ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
I like Laurie R. King and her books, particularly the Mary Russell series. That said, [Folly] is my favorite by far and I read it, or listen to the audiobook, every couple of years. King paints a vivid, utterly believable story. I love the whole idea that the main character, Rae Newborn, has been to hell through grief and mental illness. She feels battered and tumbled and finally decides to make a stand. She sets off to rebuild a house on an island in the San Juan Straits. The novel is a story of reclamation on many levels. With King at the helm, the story takes interesting and suspenseful turns, and finally delivers a satisfying resolution to the plot line. ( )
  pmackey | Jun 5, 2013 |
very good! ( )
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Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s.

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