I read a lot, and out of the forty or so books I've read this year, this is the best! If you love mythology, art, or a great mystery, this book has all three!
Great book! I love the way that Goodman can so seamlessly weave the stories of Greek and Roman mythology, along with a 100-year old mystery, with a present-day murder mystery. While the "mystery" was easier to figure out than in Goodman's previous books, this one was a nice, easy read nonetheless.
This was the first book of hers that I had read, and i throughly enjoyed it. Goodman does a good job evoking the feel of the earlier time period (late 19th/early 20th century- arts and crafts movement) and making the connections to the modern day. Many twists turns and a boatload of red herrings before the story is done. After this, I immediately sought out another of her books and have raced through that as well!
a good read. i think mrs. goodman has a way about writing that sucks you in, but i found myself weary of her work after a few books and im not sure that is on account of me getting bored with her style (i did exclusively read three of her books within days of each other) or maybe it's something else in her writing that requires a break.
i wished the book had ended differently, or at least a second books made (it was nicely unfolded and wrapped up, however i think there was potential for a bit more- although any detail on that would spoil the ending). i loved the characters (as i have with all her characters), that familiar writing that slides off the page, the lovely scenery that she explicitly describes and of course the overlay of poetic and artistic charm.
Deftly plotted and certainly intriguing...infused with the sinister aura of its setting, a rundown river town wiwth the crenulated towers of an insane asylum rising in the background, the Drowning Tree has its twists and shudders... New York Daily News