Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review: The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White

The Qualities of Wood

A haunting and beautifully written debut novel by an exciting and new author.

When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country home, her grandson and his young wife take a break from city life to prepare the house for sale. Nowell Gardiner leaves first to begin work on his second mystery novel. By the time his wife Vivian joins him, a real mystery has begun: a local girl has been found dead in the woods behind the house. Even after the death is ruled an accident, Vivian can’t forget the girl, can’t ignore the strange behaviour of her neighbours, or her husband. As Vivian attempts to put the house in order, all around her things begin to fall apart.

‘The Qualities of Wood’ is a stunning novel from an exciting new writer. Perfect for readers of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve.




Told from a master of storytelling Qualities of Wood is an intriguing tale of mystery and intrigue, leaving the reader guessing until the very end.  With distinct dialogue and sharp story line this is a fine piece of writing and a 4 stars read. 


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