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
While I really loved Goodman's Seduction of Water, I was only mildly entertained by this one. This one didn't capture my attention.
Enjoyable book! I would read others by this author.
An ok mystery somewhat gothic read.
This is such a wonderful book. The characters are well developed and I was really caught up in their lives and problems. There is a mystery involved in the plot and I didn't figure it out until the end, but the book is much more than a mystery. I'm so glad I read it.
Great book! Goodman follows up her novel "Lake of Dead Languages" and does not disappoint!
My book club really liked this book.
I really enjoyed this book about a woman whose best friend goes missing and is found dead. Her death is tied up with the family history of the founders of the local college. The story moves along, but there are also tons of literary and art references that really give the story a different feel from your usual murder mystery. Very interesting. I would definitely read another book by Carol Goodman.
Good page turner. Keeps your interest if you like her other books you will surely enjoy this too.
Overall I enjoyed this book. There was a sense of mystery of wanting to know what to know what happened. Very visual story, lots of description of art and surroundings. The story was hard to follow at times. Too many characters, problems.
Couldn't get into this...
Really good book; in the top 10% I've read this year!