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The clairvoyants : a novel /

by Brown, Karen [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2017.Edition: First Edition.Description: 381 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781627797054 (hardcover); 162779705X (hardcover).Subject(s): Sisters -- Fiction | Ghost stories -- Fiction | Ghost stories | Sisters | FICTION / Romance / Gothic | Sisters -- Fiction | FICTION / Psychological | FICTION / Literary | Paranormal fiction | Suspense fiction | Psychological fiction | Ghost stories | Ghost stories | Ghost stories -- Fiction | Ghost stories | Psychological fiction | Suspense fiction | Paranormal fiction | Fiction | Paranormal fiction | Psychological fictionSummary: "Karen Brown's most hypnotic novel to date--gothic-inflected psychological suspense that unmasks the secret desires of a young woman with a mystical gift. On the family homestead by the sea where she grew up, Martha Mary saw ghosts. As a young woman, she hopes to distance herself from those spirits by escaping to an inland college town. There, she is absorbed by a budding romance, relieved by separation from an unstable sister, and disinterested in the flyers seeking information about a young woman who's disappeared--until one Indian summer afternoon when the missing woman appears beneath Martha's apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair coated with ice. "-- Provided by publisher.
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On the family homestead by the sea where she grew up, Martha Mary saw ghosts. As a young woman, she hopes to distance herself from those spirits by escaping to an inland college town. There, she is absorbed by a budding romance, relieved by separation from an unstable sister, and disinterested in the flyers seeking information about a young woman who's disappeared--until one Indian summer afternoon when the missing woman appears beneath Martha's apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair coated with ice.

"Karen Brown's most hypnotic novel to date--gothic-inflected psychological suspense that unmasks the secret desires of a young woman with a mystical gift. On the family homestead by the sea where she grew up, Martha Mary saw ghosts. As a young woman, she hopes to distance herself from those spirits by escaping to an inland college town. There, she is absorbed by a budding romance, relieved by separation from an unstable sister, and disinterested in the flyers seeking information about a young woman who's disappeared--until one Indian summer afternoon when the missing woman appears beneath Martha's apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair coated with ice. "-- Provided by publisher.

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Mary Martha has been able to see spirits since she was young, but she has never used her gift to help others and usually ignores her special abilities. When she escapes her monotonous life on the seaside family homestead for an inland college town, she notices a flyer seeking information about a missing young woman, whose apparition then appears to her. Becoming increasingly obsessed with this specter, Mary begins a romance with Billy, who seems to have a suspicious history with the vanished girl. The arrival of sister Del, who manages to assimilate herself into Mary's group and life, makes this story all the more convoluted. While the author's premise-two very different siblings, an absent father, a promiscuous mother, teen years blemished by a murder, and a missing woman-holds promise, Brown has failed to flesh out her characters enough for readers to really care about any of them. The abrupt denouement will leave readers wanting more. VERDICT Brown's second novel (after The Longings of Wayward Girls) is a creepy gothic tale that in the end disappoints. Still, fans of her first book and award-winning short story collections (Little Sinners and Other Stories; Pins and Needles) may be curious. [See Prepub Alert, 8/26/16.]-Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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