Every gift has a price . . .Every piece of lace has a secret . . .My name is Towner Whitney. No, that's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time. . . .Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, 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, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.The Lace Reader is a mesmerizing tale that spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths in which the reader quickly finds it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, but as Towner Whitney points out early on in the novel, "There are no accidents."
Towner is not exactly a loveable character. She has quite a wall around her and you never really feel like you get to know who she really is by the end of the book, but she is a very interesting character! The whole idea of being able to read lace interests me. I would love to be able to do something 'different' like that. Mind you, if I could, I probably wouldn't want to, but since I can't, I can think about things like that. The characters in this book are very colourful, though, so it does read like a very different sort of book, even if the lace reading wasn't included. Towner is not exactly the girl next door and her family does not really fit to a 'normal' mould. This makes them much more readable. For me, anyway.
My thanks to Harper Collins!