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Devasted by the deaths of her husband and daughter, Rae Newborn seeks refuge on the remote, uninhabited island of Folly, and finds herself battling melancholy, loneliness, panic, and the feeling that malevolent watchers are threatening her life.

Blackwell North Amer
Rae Newborn is a woman on the edge: on the edge of sanity, on the edge of tragedy, and now on the edge of the world. She has moved to an island at the far reaches of the continent to restore the house of an equally haunted figure, her mysterious great-uncle; but as her life begins to rebuild itself along with the house, his story starts to wrap around hers. Powerful forces are stirring, but Rae cannot see where her reality leaves off and his fate begins.
Fifty-two years old, Rae must battle the feelings that have long tormented her - panic, melancholy, and a skin-crawling sense of watchers behind the trees. Before she came here, she believed that most of the things she feared existed only in her mind. And who can say, as disturbing incidents multiply, if any of the watchers on Folly Island might be real? Is Rae paranoid, as her family and the police believe, or is the threat genuine? Is the island alive with promise - or with dangers?

& Taylor

Emotionally devastated by the deaths of her husband and daughter, fifty-two-year-old Rae Newborn seeks refuge on the remote, uninhabited island of Folly, where she hopes to restore the house belonging to her mysterious great-uncle, and finds herself battling melancholy, loneliness, panic, and the feeling that malevolent watchers are threatening her life.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780553111033
Characteristics: xiv, 400 p. ; 25 cm


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Jan 13, 2020

My absolute favorite of King's novels. I couldn't put it down. Great character development and and a very different story line.

Jun 12, 2018

I love Laurie King's books. I devour them. But reading from computers gives me a headache. Would so love to read all of Laurie King's books but the OPL has not purchased a few of them, rather we are expected to use digital texts. I feel left out of the story plots I have enjoyed so much.
Please buy the remaining books by this marvelous author, for those of us who suffer from medical issues that mean a book is something made of paper.

Mar 19, 2018

My first Laurie R. King book - checked out while waiting for The Beekeeper's Apprentice. I always avoided crime-mystery-suspense-type novels but this was intriguing. I now cannot wait to visit the San Juan Islands. Many threads of the imperfect, fallible, damaged souls we have come to know in our lives - including in our own families - were woven throughout the story. Life, like construction (among other things), is a process. Well done! I'm a fan!

Oct 25, 2015

A depressed grandmother, who hallucinates, and a load of lumber get dropped off on an isolated island where she builds a house. Then nothing happens for 200 pages.

Sep 01, 2015

When reading "Folly," I had no idea how the book would end. I liked the surprises. Learning how a building is built was informative.

May 26, 2014

Woman isolates herself on an island off the coast of Washington to rebuild her great uncle's house and try to recover from depression. Are there really people watching her and wanting to do her harm? Or are these 'watchers' figments of her imagination? Excellent thriller with a surprise ending!

Oct 29, 2012

I've read Folly several times; it's breathtaking. Loved the main character, and her adventure. I don't want to risk giving away anything, so I can just say, READ IT!

Aug 01, 2012

A protagonist with a somewhat disturbing past drives this book about rebuilding the home of an ancestor on one of the San Juan islands. Truly enjoyable and rich.


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May 26, 2014

"... she had long ago come to the conclusion that sometimes, things actually did go away - or rather, a person could cover enough ground to leave the problem behind, and when it did catch up again it was apt to be weakened by the journey."
(P. 217, Folly, Laurie R. King)


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