Web of Angels

Web of Angels

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Just as Jodi Picoult tackles controversial contemporary issues in her compelling domestic dramas, in Web of Angels bestselling novelist Lilian Nattel explores the vivid reality of what used to be called multiple personality disorder. A Vintage Canada trade paperback original.
 
On the surface of things, Sharon Lewis is a lot like any other happily married mother of 3: she is the beating heart of a house full of kids, cooking and chaos, the one who always knows the after-school practice schedule, where her husband put the car keys and who needs a little extra TLC. Her kids and husband think she's a little spooky, actually, the way she can anticipate the tensions of any situation--and maybe they love her all the more for the extra care she gives them.
 
Life is definitely good until the morning Heather Edwards, a pregnant teenaged friend of the family, kills herself. The reverberations of that act, and the ugly secrets that sparked it, prove deeply unsettling to the whole family, and stir up Sharon's own troubling secret: she has DID, or dissociative identity disorder. And the multiples inside the woman the world knows as Sharon seem to know what happened to Heather, and what may be happening to Heather's surviving sister. Will Sharon's need to protect the innocent cause her to finally come clean about her true nature with her family and friends, and not just in the anonymous chat rooms on the web where she's connected to others like herself? Will a woman with DID be able to persuade her quiet and respectable community that evil things can happen even in the nicest homes?
ISBN: 9780307402097
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,21 cm.

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VaughanPLAlex Dec 13, 2016

Dark, psychological, and thought provoking, Web of Angels tells the story of Sharon Lewis, a happily married wife and mother—that is, until the morning when a pregnant teen and family friend, commits suicide. This tragic event stirs up Sharon’s own secrets: a diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder and a childhood full of fear, manipulation and abuse. With Heather gone, Sharon’s multiple personalities search for answers and seek to help Heather’s surviving sister from a fate no child should ever face

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Nancy D. Kerr
Jan 23, 2013

Very good. I recommend this book - interesting concept, mystery, humor, tragedy - all in one

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velvetcactus
Apr 17, 2012

"The subject matter is hard to beliveve" When you know people with identity disorders it becomes very real indeed. We often use the book Sybil as our yardstick for this disorder and ought not to.
It was recently uncovered that the real Sybil never had an identity disorder and basically played out the role to the best of her capacity, in order to please her doctor and futher her career.
(She admitted to the farce in a letter she wrote to the doctor.)

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crayment
Apr 01, 2012

Wow. This was an amazing book, very gripping, beautifully told. The subject matter is hard to believe but Lilian tells the story with such a true voice, or rather a set of voices. By the time you start to get into the difficult stuff, you are so attached to the characters, that it compels you to keep reading.

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Giggi
Jan 23, 2013

A son is a son till he takes a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life.

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