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Hannah Trevor, an implacable widow and midwife, who now lives with her aunt since the death of her children and the abandonment of her Loyalist husband, investigates the rape and murder of a young woman in the Maine town of Rufford. Her former--married--lover, and the father of her remaining child, is one of the men accused of the crime. The depiction of the community is difficult and heart-wrenching, as it slowly dissolves from poverty and despair.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   rape (yeech!) Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   rough sex    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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