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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brunonia Barry Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What is real in The Lace Reader? What is not? To her credit Ms. Barry makes this story blithe and creepy in equal measure…And there is much suspense invested in where all the lacunas in Towner’s impressions will lead her…There are clues planted everywhere.”

    New York Times

  • “Gripping…a marvelously bizarre cast of characters (living and dead) in a uniquely colorful town.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Barry excels at capturing the feel of smalltown life, and balances action with close looks at the characters’ inner worlds. Her pacing and use of different perspectives show tremendous skill and will keep readers captivated all the way through.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Barry’s modern-day story of Towner Whitney, who has the psychic gift to read the future in lace patterns, is complex but darker in subject matter…The novel’s gripping and shocking conclusion is a testament to Barry’s creativity.”

    USA Today

  • “[A] richly imagined saga of passion, suspense, and magic.”


  • “Suspenseful and literary catnip-for-book-clubs…while it’s surprisingly gritty for having “lace” in the title, we’re calling this now as the beach read of ’08.”

    New York Magazine

  • “Surprise endings are tough to pull off—too often they aren’t a surprise to anyone but the main character. To Barry’s credit, she genuinely got me.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “An ambitious debut. Unusual and otherworldly, this is a blizzard of a story which manages to pull together its historical, supernatural and psychiatric elements. A survivor’s tale of redemption.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Picked for the Indie Next List
  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 2/2/2014

    " I thought I was going to get a beach read in this but it turned out to be thought provoking. The line between mental illness and mysticism and violence were explored in a woman centered book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lindsey | 1/31/2014

    " This book was beyond confusing and very dull. Very disappointing after all the good things I'd heard about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather Rose | 1/30/2014

    " Maybe I'm dumb but I didn't have this book all figured out. But there were many parts that as it played in the background at work i let skim over. Sometime the details weren't where I wanted them to be. But i will say one part of the ending was not a shock per say. Quite expected had i been paying more attention and the book wouldn't have been any good had she eluded to it anymore. But the other half of big shock at the end just didn't make any damned sense. May re read anyway just for that reason. I still have the sequel to get to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by P Bright | 1/30/2014

    " Spooky! This book will keep you guessing! "

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