The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Every gift has a price . . . every piece of lace has a secret.
Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. Now the disappearance of two women is bringing Towner back home to Salem—and is bringing to light the shocking truth about the death of her twin sister.
Hmm. Given its age, this could be a recommendation from Nancy Pearl or Publishers Weekly, but sometimes, I just don’t know. I really am trying to be more on top of where a given recommendation comes from, but there’ll be gaps in there until I die, I suppose. In any case, True Confections gave me a taste for unreliable narrators, and here’s a chance to see it put to non-comedic use. Plus, it’s a self-publishing success story. And Brunonia is an amazing first name.
Nicki at Fyrefly’s Book Blog enjoyed it, although she’d read another similar book beforehand and found the constant switching of perspective jerky. Jen at Devourer of Books adored it so much she doesn’t want to spoil a thing about it. Molly at My Cozy Book Nook loved it. Jennifer at The Literate Housewife wishes she could reread it right after she finishes it.
The Lace Reader was published in 2009.