Bestselling author Torey Hayden's novel is a fascinating study of a fractured family, a troubled child, and a psychiatrist's attempts to rescue them.
Conor, aged nine, arrives in the play therapy room of child psychiatrist James Innes with the diagnosis "autistic". His mother Laura, an aloof, enigmatic novelist, can't handle him. His rancher father, embroiled in divorcing Laura, does not feel there is anything wrong with Conor. His six-year-old sister Morgana insists he really does see ghosts. As James becomes convinced Conor is not autistic, he is drawn first into Conor's strange world of "things the cat knows" and then into Morgana's stories of her friend the "Lion King". James is pulled most deeply, however, into Laura's world; at first that of a lonely, rather difficult woman and then, eventually, into the world of her imagination, an enthralling world that seems almost real - and that hides a terrible secret.
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I have been a fan of Torey Hayden books for decades. Her books have been truly influential in my career as a teacher. This last book....the first fiction book that I have read by Ms. Hayden, was very different from the other books I have read by her, to be sure. But I hung on every word, and, just like her past books, I was sad to see it end.
The narrator was very skilled. Put me right into the scenes without distraction.
I hope Ms. Hayden writes more like this, as well as more of her non-fiction books about the children she has taught.
Well done....I must simply say....
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
It was obscure and almost a fantasy bordering on a Narnia type scenario. I'm quite indifferent.. liked it, didn't like it..
If you are looking for fiction no.. if you think that it's the usual Torey hayden.. no..
yes, her nattation is good. But she does muddle male and female characters at times.
If you have the time.. yes... but really no..
A bland read.. I'm no sure Torey herself knew what to expect while writing it.
"An interesting read."
I enjoy this book. it was narrated very well. I found it very interesting but I enjoy her non-fiction books better. I still would recommend this book.
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