A completely original story -unlike anything I've ever read before. It is, all in one, a murder mystery, a romance, a mother daughter relationship story and a look at spiritualism in all its truth and sometime falseness. I felt a real connection to Naomi, the central character. She is so real.
From Publishers Weekly
The opening line of Ellis's debut novel, a psychological thriller, engages the reader like tossing a pork chop to a hungry dog: "First, I had to get his body into the boat." The intrigue is anchored and the suspense heightened by recurring themes of mysticism and the supernatural, centered on a complex, finely drawn mother and daughter relationship. Naomi Ash and her mother, Patsy (aka Madame Galina Ash), flee their hometown of New Orleans after Patsy's s?ances cause some trouble with the police. They move to Train Line, N.Y., home to America's largest community of mediums and spiritualists, where Patsy hosts a radio show, The Mother Galina Psychic Hour. Patsy's psychic powers are only partly phony, and both she and Naomi give accurate psychic readings to clients. But while the mother often fakes it, Naomi is honestly searching for her true spiritual gifts, trying to determine whether she really has the power to contact the dead. The story alternates between present and past, revealing how Naomi met and fell in love with a graduate student from Oregon, Peter Morton. Details of his death come to light slowly as, 10 years later, in the present, his bones have been found. A police investigation closes in on Naomi, who has done all the wrong things: keeping Peter's personal effects, for instance.
Good book. I like the way that the author alternates between Naomi's past and her present fear of being discovered.
I did not like this book. It was rambling without a good plot and did not move as you read it.
About the life of a girl whose mother is a medium in New Orleans. Finally, they move to a small town in New York State which is composed of mainly mediums and Naomi lives a troubled life and eventually begins her practice as a medium because she knows all the tricks her mother taught her. All of the seers, mediums and fortune tellers in this small town are very human and likable in a strange and wonderful world, sort of
a page turner with soul where it is hard to distinguish between what is real and what is not.