Daphne Marist, the unreliable narrator of this chilling tale from Goodman (The Widow’s House), takes her baby and flees her domineering husband for a job as live-in archivist for elusive author Schuyler Bennett, whose Catskills mansion borders the grounds of a psychiatric institution. Daphne has a secret, though. The name and background she’s provided to Schuyler belong to her friend Laurel Hobbes, whom she met at a Westchester support group for new mothers. Excerpts from both women’s journals describe an obsessive friendship in which their identities blurred together until Daphne’s climactic decision to leave. Either Daphne’s postpartum depression has led to a complete break with reality, or else she’s the target of a sinister plot—and only an elderly woman, confined to the institution for 45 years after abandoning her own baby, can help her discover the truth. Despite sometimes troubling depictions of mental illness and an implausible coincidence at the center of the plot, this engrossing novel will keep readers eagerly turning the pages. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/08/2018 Release date: 03/01/2018 Genre: Fiction
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