Thursday, June 12, 2014
THE QUALITIES OF WOOD by Mary Vensel White
When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country home, her grandson and his young wife take a break from city life to prepare the house for sale. Nowell Gardiner leaves first to begin work on his second mystery novel. By the time his wife Vivian joins him, a real mystery has begun: a local girl has been found dead in the woods behind the house.
Even after the death is ruled an accident, Vivian can’t forget the girl, can’t ignore the strange behavior of her neighbors, or her husband. As Vivian attempts to put the house in order, all around her things begin to fall apart.
If you like psychological mysteries this is one you'll love, it's creepy and complicated. Guaranteed to make you stop for a moment and think about it. A great read for a debut novel, it will keep you guessing till the end. The kind of book I enjoy reading. Vivian and Nowell are preparing a house for sale when the body of a girl is found on their property. Police ruled her death an accident...but it wasn't.
No one in the town trusts anyone, there are rumors and gossip going around that is very interesting. One is especially interesting to Vivian, it seems there are things about her husband she doesn't know. Is it gossip or truth? The book is so well written, many characters are mysterious or just plain strange. Do we ever really know one another?
If you haven't guessed I totally enjoyed this book!
I received a copy of this book free from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.