But be prepared to see SO MUCH MORE OF THE LACE READER AGAIN, because now it is on a blog tour. You will be positively SPAMMED with reviews, so you might as well just bite the bullet and read the damned thing now..
Because it is a tasty bullet for biting. Seriously. I read this in a phase where I was reading eight pages of this and then two pages of that and then just going back to ye olde Infinite Jest, because nothing else was really turning my crank, but The Lace Reader held my straggly attention with its SECRETS, and that says something..
And there are SO MANY family secrets that have yet to be revealed that for the first half of the novel Barry'll be all, Because of the initial accident or Since the first time she was in the hospital and I'm all, Wait, do I know about the initial accident yet? Because I have almost total literary amnesia, PLUS the inability to read more than one book at a time (side note: this will be the summer where everything I read was tangled up in Infinite Jest), and I would forget what I did or did not know..
Because you know nothing! Towner Whitney comes back to Salem from California, where she's been living it up. But why? Um...because her great-aunt Eva died. But how? Errrr....drowning apparently. Anyways, Towner has to come back and face her old demons, and you have to come with her, otherwise you'll never know how her sister died, or why her mom is less her mom than her great-aunt Eva was, or why she hates her uncle Cal with the intensity of ten fires, and what are these witches doing everywhere, and what DID happen with Towner's sister and Jack LaLibertie, and with Towner herself and Jack, and will Towner ever find love again, and who is the pregnant girl and where has she gone now and whose baby is it and why was Towner in the hospital that one time and what is IN those patches of memory that the electro-shock therapy zapped to bits, and WHY WAS SHE HAVING ELECTRO-SHOCK THERAPY?.
Only time will tell, suckahs. I thought this was going to be a fluffy bit of lacey goo (I can, perhaps, be forgiven for that, no?) but it's pretty dark and stabby. And awesome..