Tina Jordan
February 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Double Bind

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Chris Bohjalian
publisher
Shaye Areheart
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B

Brutally attacked and almost killed during a bike ride near her home in a Vermont college town, Laurel Estabrook survives, mostly by retreating into herself and concentrating on her photography in Chris Bohjalian’s The Double Bind. A few years later, working at a homeless shelter, she discovers that one of the residents, Bobbie Crocker, has died and left behind a box full of photos. Was Crocker the famous photographer he claimed to be? Why are some of his photos sickeningly familiar to Laurel? As she plumbs the mystery, her tenuous grip on sanity begins to loosen. This is top-notch Bohjalian fiction until the final chapter, which is gutted by a cheap trick.

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