Turn of Mind

Publisher: Anchor Canada
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.


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Something has happened. You can always tell. You come to and find wreckage: a smashed lamp, a devastated human face that shivers on the verge of being recognizable. Occasionally someone in uniform: a paramedic, a nurse. A hand extended with a pill. Or poised to insert a needle.
 
This time, I am in a room,...
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PRAISE FOR

“For those of a certain age, death is far less frightening then dementia, the central issue of this brilliant debut. Told in the first person by a physician slowly descending into darkness, Turn of Mind is relentless and chilling.”
—The Globe and Mail

“LaPlante does a great job of building suspense, finishing with a twist that most won’t anticipate.  Beyond being just a satisfying summer read, this book is an examination of a long, complicated friendship, and the capacity of two people who love each other to hurt each other, too.”
Maclean’s

The Stone Angel meets Memento. . . . A smart, strong debut novel. . . . Timely and compelling.”
—Winnipeg Free Press

“LaPlante has created an unforgettable portrait of the process of forgetting.”
—The Washington Post

“Artful, ambitious and arresting.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“An impressive first novel.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“Fascinating on so many levels.”
—Booklist
 
“A haunting story masterfully told.”
—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
 
“[An] absorbing debut novel.”
—Chatelaine




From the Hardcover edition.