Turn of Mind

Turn of Mind

Book - 2011
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Is the perfect murder the one you can't forget or the one you can't remember?

Dr. Jennifer White, a brilliant former surgeon in the early grips of Alzheimer's, is suspected of murdering her best friend, Amanda. Amanda's body was found brutally disfigured -- with four of her fingers cut off in a precise, surgical manner. As the police pursue their investigation and Jennifer searches her own mind for fractured clues to Amanda's death, a portrait emerges of a complex relationship between two uncompromising, unsentimental women, lifelong friends who were at times each other's most formidable adversaries.
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780385669856
Branch Call Number: LAPL
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

This book shows the demise of a brillant surgeon with dementia. She has fractured memories and doesn't quite understand what is happening to her. Good information on loss of memory and problems of dementia at an early age.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 04, 2018

Beautifully written and plotted, a psychological murder mystery/thriller told by a retired surgeon suffering from dementia. I loved this book!

LPL_MeredithW Jan 14, 2017

This novel from the point of view of a former surgeon with Alzheimer's who may have murdered her best friend has been on my to-read list for years, and WOW it didn't disappoint. Less a straightforward mystery than a mystery/family drama/thriller, "Turn of Mind" is a great read.

Sep 05, 2016

I did not finish this book. The author's attempt to portray the thought processes of someone suffering from progressive dementia results in dull, choppy sentences and an attempt at stream of consciousness that seems artificial and prosaic. For something much better that deals with similar subject matter, I recommend "The Poisonwood Bible."

athompson10 Jun 10, 2015

Well-told story about a retired surgeon descending into Alzheimer's who might have murdered her friend. Told from her perspective, as memories disappear and time shifts, the narrative point of view is more interesting than the actual mystery (which, if you're a whodunit fan, isn't hard to figure out).

Dec 18, 2012

Incredible mystery told from the point of view of a woman in the throes of dementia. Former orthopedic surgeon Jennifer White?s neighbor and long-time friend has been murdered and she is a suspect. The narrative alternates between Dr. White?s moments of lucidity and episodes of complete disconnect where she may believe she is 18 years old again or that her dead mother is beside her. In an especially surreal scene she escapes her care facility and goes to a free clinic and begins to treat patients. We learn about her past in snips all the while trying to follow what?s going on in her present. Surprisingly it works very well. Engrossing novel that keeps you thinking, what if it were me?

Sep 07, 2012

As you can see from the summaries this is a very unusual premise for a mystery. I was not sure I wouldt like this book when I first picked it up but boy was I wrong. I found the story compelling.
"Who are these strangers in my house?"
You will just have to read the book to find out.

Jul 11, 2012

insightful take on a mind stuggling with dementia. a little predictable, but still a compelling read. LaPlante takes you on a convincing journey through Dr. Whites mind.

eatlizzardsdaily Jun 20, 2012

I read about Turn of Mind on The Book Lady's Blog, which is a wonderful blog, and was immediately intrigued. I became even more interested when I found that she would be speaking and reading at The King's English Bookshop in Sugarhouse on August 24.

My last journey to the King's English brought me to meet Christopher McDougall the author of "Born to Run." He was so incredibly nice and down to earth and I immediately wanted to hear and meet more authors.

Turn of Mind is about Jennifer White, an orthopedic surgeon in her late 60's who has had to retire due to Alzheimer's. When her best friend and arch nemesis, turns up dead with 4 fingers surgerically removed, the mystery ensues.

While this book was definitely thought provoking, and a little depressing at times, I didn't finish reading it with a sense of foreboding or overwhelming sadness. I loved that it took me right into Jennifer's mind, and I realized that if I was confused at what was going on, then so was Jennifer. This book made me want to take extreme measures (like dance with a black cat under a full moon, or sacrifice a hampster) to make sure that I nor anyone I love ever contract Alzheimer's. What an awful disease, but what an amazing book to come from such decayed mental ashes.

Jun 04, 2012

A mystery written from the point of view of a person with Alzheimer's? It was hard to imagine how a writer could pull this off, but Alice LaPlante does it. The mystery itself is not so mysterious, perhaps, but the human brain certainly is. The narrator is a brilliant surgeon who is a "person of interest" in an investigation into the murder of her best friend. During the course of the novel, we are made aware of the progress of the disease as the narrator's thoughts become increasingly divorced from reality. Or are they?

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