A character who could only be called the villain disappears without any fanfare and a brand new character is introduced 20 pages from the end, and nothing really comes of either of them. Top that with a big reveal that leaves you going, "Huh? Dec 16, Sue Seeger rated it it was amazing Shelves: thriller.
King can't be satisfied with two successful series', she also has to PWN some unbelievable stand alones. The tension builds as she tries to conquer her phobias and resurrect what's left of her sanity alone she thinks on an island in the pacific northwest, but not all her fears are irrational. Dec 18, Carol Stanley-Snow rated it it was amazing. A very intimate story of one womans battle with depression. The story follows her throughout her travels to 'her' island where her lone quest to face and hopefully conquer her demons.
A story that will suck you in and keep you on the edge of your seat. A must read. View 1 comment. May 04, Leah Weiss rated it it was amazing. I read this book a few years ago for my book club and was prepared to dislike it. The main theme seemed to be mental illness so I wasn't prepared to be swept away by a story line that was right up my alley: single woman chooses to rebuild the old fashioned way a house on an island.
The character was an artist my hot button who chose solitude to heal. The suspense that ensued was mesmerizing. A great read! Mar 30, Cynthia rated it really liked it. OK, everyone needs to calm down and stop with the negative reviews of this book. I thought it was great, and i've read the whole series. As a whole, the series has its ups and downs but this is not by any means the weakest one. For me it was one of the best; i raced through it. Holmes isn't very present in this one but this series isn't really about Holmes anyway, is it and the m OK, everyone needs to calm down and stop with the negative reviews of this book.
Holmes isn't very present in this one but this series isn't really about Holmes anyway, is it and the mystery is pretty nonexistent. If you aren't familiar with Pirates, then before you read this book go rent the excellent version with Kevin Kline. Feb 06, Candace rated it it was amazing. This book was recommended by someone at work who would also like to write books. I found it quite interesting. The mystery unfolds slowly, but what I really enjoyed was the protagonist's journey from deep depression to health while rebuilding her's uncle's home.
Her life parallels the life of her uncle, which she reads in his diary. I am ready to read one more by King. Aug 01, AnnieB rated it it was amazing. So I picked up this book with a question mark in my mind as to whether I would like it because it is a stand alone novel. It turned out to be a gem. As usual, King's writing is superb and her characters are so well developed that she really takes you into another world.
The story is about a middle aged woman, Rae who has had great tragedy, has lost her husband and daughter in a terrible accident and because of I am a big fan of Laurie King, especially her Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The story is about a middle aged woman, Rae who has had great tragedy, has lost her husband and daughter in a terrible accident and because of her mental instability before and after the accident is estranged from her daughter.
Rae also happens to be a talented woodworking artist. As the story opens she is on her way to one of the San Juan islands off the coast of Washington which she has inherited from her great uncle. She has decided to live on the island alone and use her construction and artist skills to rebuild the only house on the island which burned down many decades ago, hoping that she will also rebuild her life and recover from her loss. Even though she is alone, there are many other important characters who visit and are woven into the story as well as a mystery, not disappointing those of us who have come to expect this from Laurie King.
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Oct 14, Melinda rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense , fiction. I almost always like Laurie King's books. One of the things I truly appreciate is her ability to have relationships within the book while not making the book feel like a Harlequin romance.
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Rae Newborn is a severely depressed woman who moves to an isolated Gulf Island "Folly" which is owned by her family. She has suffered many losses in her life and the book opens with her arrival on the isla I almost always like Laurie King's books. She has suffered many losses in her life and the book opens with her arrival on the island to rebuild a house there which was originally built by her great uncle.
We travel with Rae through her uncle's diary and the building of the house, her physical and mental rebuilding, her past and her present and the building of friendships with others in the area. Rae thinks someone is watching her and she felt the same when she lived in Los Angeles- the Watchers, as she calls them. She is unsure if they are real or in her mind. As the story builds , it becomes clear which is true and what will happen to Rae because of it. I am not sure how to describe my feelings on this book.
On one hand, I liked it. The story keep me listening and wanting to find out the truth. There were a few scenes where I felt like the characters involved were contrived simply to resolve someting, but that they didn't really do all that much to move the stor along. I did enjoy the book. I might listen t I am not sure how to describe my feelings on this book. I might listen to something else by her, but I simply can't rave about this one. I can tell you that the narrator annoyed the hell out of me. He has a soft "whispery" voice that kinda hung on every word, or at the least on the end of every paragraph.
At first I considered stopping reading, but then remembered that I actually paid for the book and set my sights on the end. I made it.
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Not a bad story, just not stellar. Jul 14, Amy rated it really liked it. I checked this book out when the next Mary Russell book wasn't available at the library for a few weeks. It is written by the same author, Laurie King. I almost turned it back in after reading the first chapter or two, because I didn't think I was going to like it.
I got hooked, and ended up being glued to the book until I finished it several days later. This book tells the story about a woman who decides to go to an island her uncle left to her, and rebuild his cabin that had been destroyed dec I checked this book out when the next Mary Russell book wasn't available at the library for a few weeks.
This book tells the story about a woman who decides to go to an island her uncle left to her, and rebuild his cabin that had been destroyed decades earlier. She has struggled with the loss of her husband and daughter, and a few bouts of manic depression. This book is not only a fascinating story about her life, but also helps shed light on an illness that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Jun 27, WK rated it it was amazing Shelves: lrk. This is a spellbinding tale about a fascinating women and her unique way of putting back the broken pieces of herself.
Two different mysteries are presented, intertwined and solved. I 'read' the audio book performed by Frank Muller. My sister thought the book should have been read by a woman, because it is mostly about a women, but I disagree in this case. WARNING- One reader I know said once she got about midway through, she could not put the book down and go to sleep, so she stayed up all night reading it through to the end.
Oct 20, Tamlynn rated it it was ok. Very disappointed in this book. The premise was great, what if the voices in your head really are there? I loved the setting, the tie-in with family history, and I was excited for a good mystery, but things just kept going well for the heroine. I did like the hammer scene, but wanted more suspense overall. I agree with this review: Beautiful prose and intriguing characters can't quite save the confusing, and at times needlessly complicated, plot of this challenging psychological thriller, set on Very disappointed in this book.
I agree with this review: Beautiful prose and intriguing characters can't quite save the confusing, and at times needlessly complicated, plot of this challenging psychological thriller, set on a fictional addition to the San Juan Island chain in Washington state, from Edgar-winner King. Copyright Cahners Business Information, Inc.
I didn't think I would want to read a book about a 52 year old woman with mental health issues building a house on an island. A place I have longed to visit but never will. The island of Folly is a figment of the writer's skillful imagination.
This was my first time reading King but not my last. A wonderful story and I so related to 52 year old Rae Newborn.
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Apr 21, Shawna Millard rated it did not like it. It felt like climbing a very steep hill. I admit it to be well written but all that remorse and introspection are too much sometimes for even the most avid fan of Ms. I try to avoid the books written about people with suicidal tendencies and severe depression. They may be helpful for some but for myself they truly drag me down. Jul 02, Andrea rated it it was ok Shelves: houses-homes. I picked this up since I just blazed through most of the Mary Russell novels and am developing an interest in woodworking and house construction.
It was an interesting read given that the protagonist is a middle-aged widow with mental illness -- certainly not your typical heroine. And it was pretty interesting to read about rebuilding a house, learning about framing, different types of wood, etc. But the main plotlines about Rae's enemies, her daughter's family drama, and her relationships with t I picked this up since I just blazed through most of the Mary Russell novels and am developing an interest in woodworking and house construction. But the main plotlines about Rae's enemies, her daughter's family drama, and her relationships with the various other island dwellers didn't grab my attention at all.
I found myself skimming the bits about so-and-so coming to visit with sandwiches so that I could get back to roofbeams. Setting this aside for now as Folly was not the right choice for a plane ride. It was dragging for me and I would likely enjoy it more if read in a different setting.
I'm a huge fan of Laurie R. King and outdoor adventures so it was all about the timing. Will review and rate when I tackle this again. May 07, BarbN rated it it was amazing. Folly is the story of Rae Newborn, a woman who has endured far more than anyone should have to, ending with several months spent in a psychiatric hospital.
What worked for me in this book: Rae Newborn's slow, intricate path from mental illness back to strength and wholeness. Beautifully and convincingly done, and for that I give it five stars. I wasn't all that excited to read a book about mental illness, but after about fifty pages or so, I couldn't put it down.
This is easily the best book I'v Folly is the story of Rae Newborn, a woman who has endured far more than anyone should have to, ending with several months spent in a psychiatric hospital. This is easily the best book I've read so far this year. But it is a slow read, and while I can enjoy that in some novels, in a novel of suspense, it was a bit frustrating at times. Of course, healing from mental illness isn't quick, and that part of the story wouldn't have been convincing if she'd sped through it.
Also, although it isn't written in first person, the novel is told almost entirely from Rae's point of view, so that we never really get to know any of the other characters--which ends up being both a strength and a weakness. As the focus of the book, Rae is enormously compelling, but there are a gazillion other characters and none of them are developed beyond the basics. Also there are not one but two important characters who don't appear until the last fifty pages, something that always bugs me.
It gives the ending a rabbit-pulled-out-of-the-hat feel, which isn't helped by a couple of coincidences of timing that would have had me rolling my eyes if I could have pulled them away from the page long enough to do it. Still, the warmth and intelligence of the writing made this book a winner for me. I just discovered King this year, and I'm slowly savoring her work. I'm so happy to know I still have a bunch more to read--the good thing about discovering a favorite new author who already has a bunch of novels in print. Feb 27, Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , victorian.
This book is a very compelling look at madness and healing. I found it different from anything else I have read by Laurie R. The main character is a woman, Rae Newborn, in her 50's, who has been subject to severe depression and several suicide attempts, and who has come to a deserted island in the Juan de Fuga straits. She was attempting to reconstruct the house left by her mysterious Great Uncle Desmond. The house burned and Desmond disappeared many years before and for some reason, she h This book is a very compelling look at madness and healing. The house burned and Desmond disappeared many years before and for some reason, she has an odd connection to both the house and her Uncle Desmond.
Rae had been a successful artist whose worked with wood brought her fame and wealth, but after the tragic death of her husband and small daughter, and the madness it drove her to, has turned to building as a form of healing and finding herself again. The most interesting aspect of this book is the intersection between paranoid madness and the possibility of actual physical danger from a real person who is stalking and intent on killing her.
Rae struggles to differentiate between the two and to heal herself by reacting appropriately to the very real danger she is in. Laurie R. King's skill at creating characters is never stronger than in this novel. The complexities of Rae, her daughter Tamara, and their relationship is the best of all her books. In Rae, she has given a window into madness and the struggle to reach beyond the chaotic thoughts of the insane to sanity.
I have a relative who is mentally ill and I found real insight into the self-destructive impulses that can not be controlled despite a true desire to be sane. I am a seldom reader of suspense and mystery genre, so take my review with that in mind. I did not know Folly was a suspense when I began reading. I picked this book up because the premise of a women going off to an island to live by herself smelled delicious and Goodread readers reviewed it well--especially an acquaintence, who recommended it.
Folly deserves its good reviews and I am glad to have read it. I warmed up to it slowly. Thirty or so pages in and I was already calculating how quickly I am a seldom reader of suspense and mystery genre, so take my review with that in mind. Thirty or so pages in and I was already calculating how quickly I could finish it, because I just wasn't into self-sorrowful characters and an author who did not develop her minor characters.
By page 90 I figured out that this was a suspense, and forgave the author for standards to which I hold literary novels. I have a lot to learn about stories of suspense and mystery. In this light, the pace of the plot and complexity of related storylines are satisfying, and by the time the story had progressed a third into book, the protagonist was well-developed and admirable. Minor characters remained as types, which was a disappointment. More than that, what I found distracting were the journal entries of a male relative from the s, as it was full of anachronistic language.
Although this aggravation did not ruin the pace and weave of the story, it took me out the story as a reader more than a few times. Nov 02, Susannah rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in Laurie King has a tendency to pack so much into the rest of the book -- specifically, the ins and outs of her main character -- that her endings can seem tacked on and almost like a deux-ex-machina. This one more or less made sense, but it still had very little weight compared to the rest of the book's heft. Interesting story line. A few loose ends leave you wondering where Rae, Tamara and others in the story go from there.
But an intricately woven story. Mar 30, Terri Lynn rated it did not like it. This whole thing is so absurd. First of all, Sherlock Holmes was a lifelong confirmed bachelor. The only woman in his life was his housekeeper and occasionally a female client. What's next- a book about mysteries being solved by the wife of the Pope?! Today, the island's economy is largely based on agriculture and tourism. It is also home to the Huxley Hill Wind Farm.
King Island was originally part of a land bridge linking Tasmania with the Australian mainland, which was submerged around 12, years ago due to rising sea levels. A human skeleton was discovered in a cave on the island in , which was dated to approximately 14, years ago. It was uninhabited at the time of European discovery. Captain Reed was the first European to discover King Island in while hunting seals in the schooner Martha. However, before Flinders left Sydney for England in , Reed had informed Flinders of the existence of the island.
Flinders' second map of Van Diemen's Land and Bass's Strait properly finished en route to England and published with his Observations  in shows: . Captain John Black was sailing in the brig Harbinger , after which the dangerous Harbinger Rocks off the island's north-west coast are named.
It was found to abound in both fur seals and Southern elephant seals which were soon exploited to local extinction. Governor King, knowing that the French navigator Nicolas Baudin was going to head for the island, when he left Port Jackson in , sent the Cumberland from Sydney to formally claim the islands for Britain. The Cumberland arrived just before the French and the British had hastily erected the British Flag in a tree.
Sealers continued to harvest the island intermittently until the mids, after which the only inhabitants were some old sealers and their Australian Aboriginal wives who mostly hunted wallaby for skins.
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The last of these left the island in and for many years it was only occasionally visited by hunters and more often castaways from shipwrecks. However it started failing within a few weeks of completion, and by it failed completely. A later telephone and telegraph cable across Bass Strait operated via King Island from until In the s the land was opened for grazing. A township developed at Currie and the post office opened on 1 June known as King's Island until , King Island until , thereafter Currie. Situated in the centre of the western entrance to Bass Strait, King Island has been the location of over 60 known shipwrecks, involving the loss of over 2, lives.
Many King Islanders are descendants of shipwreck survivors. Currie , the largest town and administrative centre, is situated on the west coast of the island. It was a thriving mining town where scheelite was extracted from an open cut mine until when two underground mines were brought into production. After the mine closed in , the mine site was rehabilitated, the town sold and the pit was allowed to flood.
In recent years the Grassy population has increased again and consists of local families, sea-changers, a campus of Ballarat Clarendon College and holiday makers. At the 'T' intersection, turn right into Blackwood Street to find King Island Holiday Village for accommodation in the town and the Wild Harvest Restaurant or turn left into Blackwood Street and up the hill there is a free barbecue with a sheltered eating spot, a children's playground and public toilets.
There are ferries servicing the island with a weekly shipping services between Victoria, Northern Tasmania and Grassy Harbour. There is a sheltered BBQ area and public toilets on the foreshore. Along the foreshore adjacent to the year-old jetty, is Abalone Art, the location for unique King island made gifts. Naracoopa was the chief bulk fuels port and depot and is the site of a mineral sands deposit from which rutile, zircon and ilmenite were extracted between and The attractions of Naracoopa are the Naracoopa Jetty, blow hole and calmer weather.
The island is noted for its production of cheese , lobsters , bottled rain water, kelp , and beef. The island's beef industry was seriously impacted by the closure of the island's only abattoir, owned by Argentinian company JS Swift, in September The island was the proposed location for the development of Australia's largest windfarm.
This wind farm split the community into those for and against but eventually proved uneconomic to construct. The proposal was shelved in late The Dolphin mine , located on the southeast side of the island, is one of the largest tungsten reserves in Australia. The King Island emu was endemic to the island. Although numerous bones have been found, the only existing skin was collected by Nicolas Baudin in , shortly before the species became extinct, probably as a result of hunting by sealers for food.
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The main feature making it an IBA is that it supports the small population of critically endangered orange-bellied parrots Neophema chrysogaster on the migration route between their breeding grounds in south-western Tasmania and their wintering grounds in mainland south-eastern Australia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other places with the same name, see King Island. King Island. Main article: List of birds of King Island. Tasmania portal Islands portal.