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There once was a girl who liked to pretend she was lost  Meg Rosenthal is driving toward the next chapter in her life Winding along a wooded roadway her car moves through a dense forest setting not unlike one in the bedtime stories Meg used to read to her daughter Sally But the girl riding beside Meg is a teenager now and has exchanged the land of make believe for an iPod and some personal space Too much space it seems as the chasm between them has grown since the sudden unexpected death of Meg’s husband  Dire financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take Meg and Sally from a comfortable life on Long Island to a tucked away hamlet in upstate New York Arcadia Falls where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school The creaky neglected cottage Meg and Sally are to call home feels like an ill portent of things to come but Meg is determined to make the best of it and to make a good impression on the school’s dean the diminutive elegant Ivy St ClareSt Claire however is distracted by a shocking crisis During Arcadia’s First Night bonfire one of Meg’s folklore students Isabel Cheney plunges to her death in a campus gorge Sheriff Callum Reade finds Isabel’s death suspicious but then he is a man with secrets and a dark past himself Meg is unnerved by Reade’s interest in the girl’s death and as long buried secrets emerge she must face down her own demons and the danger threatening to envelop Sally As the past clings tight to the present the shadows as if in a terrifying fairy tale grow longer and deadlier In Arcadia Falls award winning author Carol Goodman deftly weaves a mesmerizing narrative of passion for revenge for art for love 


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    This was an advanced reader's copy I received through LibraryThingIn the beginning I really wanted to love this book I really really did Toward the middle of the book I was just hoping to like it By the end I was ready to bid it a not so fond farewell and move on to something else The novel sounds as though it's tailor made for me there's the strained motherdaughter relationship the pastoral setting at a private school for the arts dark and eerie fairytales a judicious dollop of death and a mystery from the past that is being explored in the present It's an ambitious mix and in the end the novel is weakened by its interwoven plot lines as it desperately tries to tie everything up into a neat little bundle Meg Rosenthal is trying to build a new life in the wake of her husband's unexpected death Even unexpected is that he mismanaged their finances and despite the lavish lifestyle to which they were accustomed he left them with virtually nothing In the middle of her PhD in literature Meg sells everything they own and moves her bitter and distant daughter Sally to Arcadia Falls the site of a private school for the arts where she has been offered a teaching position The job is ideal for Meg as she is studying the feminist fairytales written and illustrated by the school's founders Vera Beecher and Lily Eberhardt Sixty or so years ago Lily died under peculiar circumstances while going to meet her lover Virgil Nash and her body wasn't recovered for several months While it appeared as though she fell off a cliff during a blizzard rumors and gossip have circulated in the art community and in the small town of Arcadia Falls for years as to whether Lily's death was just an accident When a young student Isabel Cheney falls to her death in the exact same way Lily did so many years earlier during the pagan celebration that traditionally opens the new school year at Arcadia the questions about Lily's death resurface and Meg finds the key to unraveling the truth about what really happened at ArcadiaThe book is beautifully written although Goodman does have a tendency to throw in too much minutiae that slows down the pace of the story Other problems that I had with the novel includeA Weak one dimensional characters The school dean Ivy St Clare walks around the school with apparently little to do other than harass Meg which begs the question of why she would hire her to begin with She's so obviously the villain that I'm surprised she didn't walk around rubbing her hands together and cackling with all her maniacal might Sally is the stereotypical sullen teenager who hates her mother hates her new school hates the new town hates their new house and well just hates everything Then there's the town sheriff Callum Reade our knight in shining armor who shows up occasionally so Meg can get irritated with him without knowing why and he can get irritated with her without knowing why and then they can have sex later without knowing why I didn't give a rat's ass about any of themB Meg is also an unlikable character She seems passive just allowing things to happen to her At the school she shrinks away from or avoids any situation in which she might have to act like an adult authority figure She spends her days reading Lily's journal and never seems to have any actual teaching responsibilities She occasionally comes up with a lesson plan while crossing the school campus but that's about it C Meg finds Lily's hidden diary and while reading it begins to piece together the events that led to Lily's tragic death However she takes for eh ver to read it I would have had that puppy read in one night and I found the story in the diary to be far superior to the one in present day Lily and Vera were lovers but Lily also fell under the spell of Virgil Nash the painter for whom she became a muse This love triangle and these characters are far intriguing but sadly take a backseat to Meg and SallyD The book seems to want to be in the gothic or magical realism genre but just can't quite bring itself to commit This just pissed me off because it was billed as bothE So many things are just half assed Isabel's death is forgotten as soon as it happens the folk legend of the white woman of the falls is a bizarre little footnote a promising character named Toby Potter is made unforgettable and then readily forgotten etcF Women in this book have a nasty habit of running to the cliff when in danger It's akin to the slasher film phenomenon of the beautiful girl running upstairs instead of out the front door Everyone knows disaster happens at the cliff but they take off like lemmings for it when things go wrongG I had the end figured out halfway through the book I won't spoil it for you but I saw that one coming from about twenty miles away and it requires some serious suspension of disbelief At one point the main character says I have to admit it all sounds a little far fetched And to that I say spot on Meg spot on Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder