Sunday, 11 January 2015

Tranquility by Laurie Gardiner

Tranquility belies its name. Behind the nursing home's serene exterior hides a sinister secret.
Soon after transferring to Tranquility's dementia unit, support worker Sarah Scott suspects a co-worker of abuse. Doing the right thing could mean losing her job, and unemployment is not an option for the young, single mom.
Meanwhile, Sarah questions whether her newest resident, Edie, belongs in the locked unit. The feisty, Scottish woman certainly doesn't act as though she has dementia. Sarah is determined to have Edie released, but her plans are thwarted when Edie risks her own freedom to help find the proof needed to stop the abuse.

Tranquility by Laurie Gardiner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Suppor worker Sarah takes charge of a nursing home's dementia unit, little knowing that there is a lot more than she bargained for, behind the doors of the unit. While she tries to adjust to life there and get to know her inmates, Edie gets her attention. Intrigued by Edie's ruthless speech and roughened demeanour, Sarah tries to get to know Edie. As she spends more time with Edie, Sarah is more and more convinced that Edie is not demented. When sinister things need to be solved, an unlikely friendship forges between Edie and Sarah, helping them try and uncover the mystery. Do they manage to unravel the dark nature of things in the nursing home, is what the book takes us through.

The plot flows briskly, and the narrative is well handled. It would have been much easier to empathise with Sarah and Edie if there had been more about their characterisation. However, the storyline was still engaging.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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About the author

Laurie grew up on a farm in a small Northern Ontario community in Canada. She left home at seventeen to experience life in the city and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband of twenty-seven years.
Raising three kids, teaching fitness and operating a home daycare left little time for writing, but she did have some poetry published in various anthologies over the years. In 1997, her short story “Til Death Do Us Part” placed first in the Cambridge Writers Collective anthology.
At the age of forty, Laurie went back to school and began a new career as a personal support worker. Though she ended up working in homecare, it was a placement in the dementia unit of a long-term care facility that inspired her to write her first novel, Tranquility.
Laurie is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Program through the local community college and is working on her second novel.
Twitter: @lauriegardiner1

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