Seaton Grove is your typical suburban town filled with cookie cutter houses, kind neighbors and parks nearby. It’s been said before that “things aren’t always what they seem” and that’s the case when you open up Lilian Nattel’s “Web of Angels“.
We’re first introduced to Sharon Lewis, a kind, loving Mother of three children and has a husband named Dan who quietly became one of my favorite characters in the book. Sharon’s different than other Mothers in the sense that sometimes her personality morphs into 16 year old Lyssa, sometimes she’s a hunter named Alec and she can sometime switch into the personality of Callisto. She has DID, dissociative identity disorder and her multiples take turns coming to the surface so Dan is never sure who is going to be present on some days.
Sharon and her multiples have seen a lot of bad things in her past, but with time things have become normal and she’s led a simple kind of life. However, things take a drastic turn when Heather Edwards, a neighbors daughter decides to take her own life. Sharon and her multiples are in direct contact with Cathy Edwards, Heather’s younger sister, because she and Sharon’s son Josh are a couple. The town of Seaton Grove is mystified as to why Heather would take her life, she grew up in a nice home, her Mother a pediatrician, her Father a professor and a younger sister that adores her, so how could she commit such a senseless act, let alone when she was nine months pregnant?
Thus begins an intricate web (if you will) of personalities on a quest to find out the real meaning of Heather’s death. There is a definite element of suspense and mystery involved in regards to what goes on behind closed doors. It’s was an intelligent, mature read that took me on a roller coaster of emotions. I was up, I was down (in a good way), I hovered in the shocked zone for a bit. One of my favorite qualities is that it had a strong female voice throughout the entire novel. Lilian Nattel has not only written a wonderful piece of literature, but she discusses a heavy topic in an intelligent and beautiful way that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel.
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