* Boar Island by Nevada Barr

A gorgeous natural setting (an island in Maine), check. A generous cast of strong women, check. A wonderfully rare woman psychopath, check. Two twisted plots coming together and complicating each other, check. Boar Island has a lot going for it, and yet failed to take me in, perhaps because there’s simply too much drama. A teenager rescued from a polygamist Mormon cult is one thing, but now the same teenager is assaulted by her best friend’s father and stalked by the friend’s mother. Really? (And the story would work just as well without the polygamist cult.) Twins separated at birth also have a dangerous genetic disease. Come on! (And psychopaths don’t need twins to be psychopaths.) Perhaps if you can suspend all critical thoughts for 374 pages…

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