I posted this book review on Goodreads a while back, but I wanted it to be the first book review I posted here. Why? Because I loved the book. Check it out here.
A troubled psychiatrist turns investigator when a young patient confesses to murder.
Psychiatrist Mark Angelotti knows that genes don’t lie. Or do they?
Back at work after a devastating illness, Mark believes he has put his past behind him when he is asked to examine Charlie Dickerson, a mentally handicapped teenager whose wealthy mother insists he is a victim of sexual abuse. Mark diagnoses a different reason for Charlie’s ills, but his prescription turns deadly when a teacher is murdered and Charlie confesses to the police.
Volunteering to testify on Charlie’s behalf, Mark’s worst fears are realized when paternity tests show the victim was pregnant with Charlie’s child. Now it’s up to Mark to prove Charlie’s innocence in a case where nothing is as first meets the eye.
Not even genes—Mark’s or Charlie’s—can be trusted to shine a light on the truth.
My review (originally posted on Goodreads April 2013)
Dante’s Wood is probably one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. What stands out the most for me is Mark Angelotti, the protagonist and narrator; his voice is strong, consistent and realistic, a balance that can sometimes be difficult to manage.
I found Mark to be just the right level of snarky, but he also makes it clear how much he cares about certain people, especially Charlie. Mark’s not a perfect person – and he definitely doesn’t view himself that way – but the way he looks back on his mistakes makes him almost endearing. He’s the type of character I wouldn’t hesitate to read about again in future books.
And finally, I loved the twist at the end. Although I felt that something was off about the character involved, I definitely didn’t expect what came to light. But in hindsight, it makes sense, and it gives me a reason to read the book again another time in order to look for the clues Raimondo drops.