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Theirs was an idyllic friendship; their experiences together at Penrose College the very best that life could offer. But that was then.... Stained glass artist Juno McKay is forced to confront the events that shattered the intense friendship between herself, her best friend, Christine, and her husband, Neil, when she discovers, after years of absence, that Christine is to deliver a lecture at their college reunion. Despite her misgivings, Juno finds herself compelled to attend the lecture about the history of one of Penrose College's most hallowed works of art. The stir Christine creates with her discoveries is unprecedented, but when she is discovered floating in the Hudson River after having apparently committed suicide, Juno is forced to confront the truth of their past, and the chilling emotional truths she thought she had buried forever.
©2004 Carol Goodman; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 02-17-13

Psychological mystery of past and present

What did you love best about The Drowning Tree?

Very much appreciated all the references to art and mythology in the the novel. Myth took a center stage in providing the psychological underpinnings of the plot. That aspect of the book kept me listening and intrigued.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Most of the plot moved well and it was engaging. As stated already, this was a mystery that overtly relied on psychology as part of the plot. In regard to how myth is with us always, playing itself out in each of our lives, I cannot offer enough praise. the manner in which the author used particular myths to mold the story in this novel was excellent.

Alas, I cannot say the same for the author's use of current concepts of clinical psychology. Some of the efforts to sound credible were quite the opposite, and left me with a jarring sense of the naïveté of many people about the field. In fact, there were parts that were so out of touch with the reality of psychiatry and therapeutic care, that I wanted to just find a way to get past it without groaning too much.

I accepted that the author used "poetic license" for that part of the book, but unfortunately, for me, it was a huge distraction from an otherwise good story.

Any additional comments?

It was a great effort on the author's part. I recognize and truly appreciate the breadth and scope of knowledge required to have written it. I would highly recommend it for that reason alone. The characters were well drawn, even though I cringed a bit in certain scenes around the assumptions of what takes place in the area of psychiatric treatment, but this is little different from other books which have stretched these ideas for plot development. The mystery was good, it was an an engaging book, and I do plan to read more by Carol Goodman.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 01-18-13

just finished listening a second time

I was completely absorbed by the characters who struggled to create lives of purpose, creativity, responsibility and love. The moments of suspense and drama moved the mystery aspect along with several twists in the unfolding resolution.

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