I found this to be an aggravating book. The main character, Sarah Whittaker who has been committed to a nuthouse against her will, has contacted a lawyer, Matthew Hope, to affect her release. Her behavior is annoying but I guess if you're in the looney bin, you probably have a few personality quirks. On the other hand, Matthew, who falls instantly in love with Sarah, is a mild mannered guy. He believes her story and immediately heads out, like a white knight, to discover the truth about Sarah's guardian and her supposed delusions.
The second storyline involves a beautiful young woman who has been murdered and the investigation into who she is and how she died must somehow connect with Sarah but you don't find out how until the last few chapters of the book.
There are lots of extraneous babble and even a character who serves no purpose whatsoever. Terry (a secretary in the police department) attaches herself to Matthew and works her way into his life. She really is a fruitcake and should be committed. Maybe she was introduced for comic relief or to show how an insane person really acts. I'm not sure but the various scenes with Terry were aggravating as hell.
Anyway, if I had not been listening to this on tape, I'm sure I would have put it down unfinished. Though I'm glad I continued because it is an interesting story with twists and turns that keep you guessing from start to finish.
No, it's not a fairy tale, but a novel featuring a lawyer who is working to prove that his young client, who has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution is sane. As the story unfolds, a body of a woman is found in a swamp. Seeming unrelated at first, the two stories start to come together ... Good read.