I have always been terrible at thinking up titles

Seriously.

I just finished a book called The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry.  Truly, it is best classified simply as “fiction” because it includes a bit of everything.  Readers of psychological thrillers, mysteries, romances, etc. will all enjoy this book.

Hepzibah T. Finch is a psychiatrist whose own family history is such that she could probably use a little therapy herself. When one of her patients commits suicide, “Zee” is reminded of and haunted by the suicide of her own mother.  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=Bibliograph07-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0061624780&fc1=F3EDED&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=040404&f=ifrAs her life falls apart (her father dying of Parkinson’s, emotional fall-out from her patient’s suicide, a possible stalker, breaking off her engagement, and so on…) Zee begins to finally understand what it means to live for herself instead of living to please other people.

The book has a great plot line, easy to follow but not boring.  Towards the end, as more secrets are revealed and parallels drawn from past to present, I was really in awe of Barry’s writing.  Honestly, I never expected to be surprised by the book, but more and more things kept happening that I just had no idea were coming.  Add to that the gorgeous setting of Salem, Massachusetts and the fun themes of its maritime history and celestial navigation, and you’ve got a story that’s thrilling, emotionally evocative, and truly unique in its characters, themes, and plot.  It’s a fascinating book, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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