Goodman's finely written book is rich in language and imagery. Her characters are fully fleshed out, with strong psychological underpinnings. Fairy-tale and folklore expert Meg Rosenthal's daughter, in particular, is realistic in her surly unhappiness. Goodman's beautiful writing makes this a book to savor.

Meg and her daughter Sally are moving to an upstate New York boarding school where Meg will teach. The move comes because Meg's husband died suddenly, leaving her with crushing debts and a traumatized teenager. When one of Meg's students plunges to her death, Sheriff Callum Reade is suspicious. Is it because both Callum and Meg have secrets and demons in their pasts? As danger threatens, Meg fights a growing danger to keep herself and her daughter safe. (BALLANTINE, Mar., 363 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor