Review of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by
Maggie O' Farrell
A friend of mine gave me this book to read since she knows I love abnormal psychology, and this book is based around a woman who has been living with a particular mental disorder...no, I won't ruin for you - you'll have to read it for yourself. I completely forgot about posting a review for it until now. It's a deep book, but if you pay attention to subtle details, you find yourself trying to piece together each bit of the story to figure out exactly what has been going on in Esme's head for the past 60 years. It was a great read and I thouroughly enjoyed every page. I give the book a 4/5. If you are a psychology buff like me, you should definitely read this book.
If you're interested, here's the description:
I the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend's attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital, where she has been locked away for over sixty years. Iris' grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme's papers prove she is Kitty's sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme' face. Esme has been labeled harmless; sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But Esme is still basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit? Maggie O'Farrell's intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth will haunt readers long past its final page.