By John Sedgwick
A lifeless physique floating by way of a pier. An aged girl curled up on a mattress in a division shop. A psychiatrist looking for her personal id. those are the items of the puzzle that, in John Sedgwick's masterful novel of mental suspense, start to come into concentration while Madeline Bemis is talked about the therapy of Dr. Alice Matthews at Montrose Psychiatric Hospital.
Mrs. Bemis's therapy steadily peels again the layers of a traumatic previous whose shameful secrets and techniques and hidden sorrows stem from the warfare years of the 1940s—and finds an unforeseen hyperlink to the floating corpse. Mrs. Bemis's awakening sparks an intimacy among the 2 ladies that is going past a regular doctor/patient relationship—but additionally makes it transparent that Mrs. Bemis's restoration, and even perhaps her security, is dependent upon quick coming to phrases along with her mystery history.
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