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By Laurie R. King | Comments: ( 197 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

An acclaimed master of suspense creates a heroine you will never forget in this superbly chilling novel of a woman who begins a desperate undertaking that may transform her life or end it.WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR WORST FEARS AREN T ALL IN YOUR MIND Rae Newborn is a woman on the edge on the edge of sanity, on the edge of tragedy, and now on the edge of the world She has moveAn acclaimed master of suspense creates a heroine you will never forget in this superbly chilling novel of a woman who begins a desperate undertaking that may transform her life or end it.WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR WORST FEARS AREN T ALL IN YOUR MIND Rae Newborn is a woman on the edge on the edge of sanity, on the edge of tragedy, and now on the edge of the world She has moved to an island at the far reaches of the continent to restore the house of an equally haunted figure, her mysterious great uncle but as her life begins to rebuild itself along with the house, his story starts to wrap around hers Powerful forces are stirring, but Rae cannot see where her reality leaves off and his fate begins.Fifty two years old, Rae must battle the feelings that have long tormented her panic, melancholy, and a skin crawling sense of watchers behind the trees Before she came here, she believed that most of the things she feared existed only in her mind And who can say, as disturbing incidents multiply, if any of the watchers on Folly Island might be real Is Rae paranoid, as her family and the police believe, or is the threat real Is the island alive with promise or with dangers With Folly, award winning author Laurie R King once again powerfully redefines psychological suspense on a sophisticated and harrowing new level, and proves why legions of readers and reviewers have named her a master of the genre.


  • Title: Folly
  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • ISBN: 9780007111343
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Laurie R. King

Edgar winning mystery writer Laurie R King writes series and standalone novels Her official forum is THE LRK VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB here on please join us for book discussing fun King s most recent novel, Dreaming Spies, sees Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes travel from Japan to Oxford, in a case with international players and personal meaning The Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series follows a brilliant young woman who becomes the student, then partner, of the great detective click here for an excerpt of the first in the series, The Beekeeper s Apprentice The Stuyvesant and Grey series Touchstone The Bones of Paris takes place in Europe between the Wars The Kate Martinelli series follows an SFPD detective s cases on a female Rembrandt, a holy fool, and Click for an excerpt of A Grave Talent King lives in northern California, which serves as backdrop for some of her books Please note that Laurie checks her inbox intermittently, so it may take some time to receive a reply A quicker response may be possible via a post on Laurie s Facebook page or by way of email sent to info laurierking.



Comments Folly

  • Joyce

    I don't normally watch movies or read books about mental illness of my own volition (I went to go see A Beautiful Mind without really knowing what it was about; that's been it in recent years.) I've danced with the devil a few times (though never as dramatically as Rae) and I usually prefer other subject matter for my pleasure reading/movie consumption. But, I love and respect LRK's writing (and really, would read her grocery list at this point) and knew that if there was anyone who could handle [...]


  • LJ

    FOLLY (Mys/Novel-Rae Newborn-Washington State-Cont) – ExKing, Laurie R. – StandaloneBantam, 2001, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0553111035First Sentence: The gray-haired woman stood with her boots planted on the rocky promontory and watched what was left of her family pull away.Rae Newborn is a woodworker whose work appears in galleries and museums. She is also a woman who has known tragedy, severe depression and attempted suicide more than once. Working to put her life back on track, Rae has come [...]


  • Lisha Adela

    This book took my breath away. It was a mystery that was resolved in the casual and not so casual conversations of a woman coming to terms with loss and grief in a malevolent environment. It was about rebuilding literally a house on a made up San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest and in the process resolving many clues about her family. The writing was superb almost poetic and yet the plot and character development was complex and the action required a careful read. Highly recommended to ever [...]


  • Ruth

    This book was recommended to me by a friend. It was 400 pages long. I had gotten to page 200 and still didn't know why it was so wonderful! The book is about a 52 year old woman who has lost her husband and daughter in an accident. She was attacked and raped, was put into a psychiatric facility and is now trying to heal. To do so, she decides to go to an island that she inherited from a great uncle. It is a small island which serves now as a bird sanctuary and no one lives there. The main charac [...]


  • Shorty

    /review/show5 stars, and very highly recommended.


  • Liz

    Being a huge fan of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series, I picked this up in an attempt to branch out into some other things she’s written. When I started reading this, I was expecting a typical mystery story, and nothing more. How wrong it was to assume that! This is the saga of Rae Newborn, who at fifty-two years old has been through hell and high water. In addition to coping with severe depression, which has caused her to make numerous attempts on her own life, she is also dealing with t [...]


  • Tabitha

    I loved Folly! I liked the way Laurie R King develops the connection between rebuilding a life that is in shambles and rebuilding a house from the foundation up.I had a bit of trouble getting out to do chores outside and getting to bed at a decent hour until I finished listening. Great read/listen.


  • Orion

    Laurie King's Folly is a very sympathetic portrayal of the effects of psychosis and madness on the individual. In this case it is Rae Newborn who is literally reborn from her last bout of suicidal mental illness through the solitude of an uninhabited island and the project of rebuilding a burned-out house. We join her as she leaves therapy to live on an isolated island off the coast of Washington state. Her only human contact is a weekly visit by a tatooed man called Ed who drops off her supplie [...]


  • Sue Seeger

    Ms. King can't be satisfied with two successful series', she also has to PWN some unbelievable stand alones. (The show off) Folly's mentally fragile MC, Ray Newborn, is such a masterfully drawn character. The tension builds as she tries to conquer her phobias and resurrect what's left of her sanity alone (she thinks) on an island in the pacific northwest, but not all her fears are irrational. Tight.


  • Carol Stanley-Snow

    A very intimate story of one womans battle with depression. The story follows her throughout her travels to 'her' island where her lone quest to face and hopefully conquer her demons.A story that will suck you in and keep you on the edge of your seat.A must read.


  • Neilie J

    I just discovered Laurie King last month when I started reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice. This book's a far cry from the light-hearted story of Sherlock Holmes and his young protege, but I was instantly sucked into it. Having struggled with some of the mental issues the protagonist of this story suffers from, I was shocked at how well the author portrays them. Her ear for dialog is spot-on and I found myself often tearful at the profound insights she'd subtly slip into the thoughts of her char [...]


  • Cynthia

    OK, everyone needs to calm down and stop with the negative reviews of this book. I thought it was great, and i've read the whole series. As a whole, the series has its ups and downs but this is not by any means the weakest one. For me it was one of the best; i raced through it. However . you do have to be very familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan and especially with The Pirates of Penzance. Holmes isn't very present in this one (but this series isn't really about Holmes anyway, is it) and the myst [...]


  • Candace

    This book was recommended by someone at work who would also like to write books. I found it quite interesting. The mystery unfolds slowly, but what I really enjoyed was the protagonist's journey from deep depression to health while rebuilding her's uncle's home. Her life parallels the life of her uncle, which she reads in his diary. I am ready to read one more by King.


  • AnnieB

    I am a big fan of Laurie King, especially her Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes mysteries. So I picked up this book with a question mark in my mind as to whether I would like it because it is a stand alone novel. It turned out to be a gem. As usual, King's writing is superb and her characters are so well developed that she really takes you into another world. The story is about a middle aged woman, Rae who has had great tragedy, has lost her husband and daughter in a terrible accident and because of [...]


  • Melinda

    I almost always like Laurie King's books. One of the things I truly appreciate is her ability to have relationships within the book while not making the book feel like a Harlequin romanceis book is NOT about the relationship - male /female- but it has a lot to do with familial relationships.Rae Newborn is a severely depressed woman who moves to an isolated Gulf Island "Folly" which is owned by her family. She has suffered many losses in her life and the book opens with her arrival on the island [...]


  • Karen Syed

    I am not sure how to describe my feelings on this book. On one hand, I liked it. The story keep me listening and wanting to find out the truth. On the other hand, I found it a little hard to get into, and up until about 2/3 of the way through the book, I wondered why I kept listening.There were a few scenes where I felt like the characters involved were contrived simply to resolve someting, but that they didn't really do all that much to move the stor along.I did enjoy the book. I might listen t [...]


  • Amy

    I checked this book out when the next Mary Russell book wasn't available at the library for a few weeks. It is written by the same author, Laurie King. I almost turned it back in after reading the first chapter or two, because I didn't think I was going to like it. I got hooked, and ended up being glued to the book until I finished it several days later. This book tells the story about a woman who decides to go to an island her uncle left to her, and rebuild his cabin that had been destroyed dec [...]


  • WK

    This is a spellbinding tale about a fascinating women and her unique way of putting back the broken pieces of herself. Two different mysteries are presented, intertwined and solved. I 'read' the audio book performed by Frank Muller. My sister thought the book should have been read by a woman, because it is mostly about a women, but I disagree in this case. Frank is excellent at telling a tale in a tense & suspenseful way and this is a tense and suspenseful story.WARNING-One reader I know sai [...]


  • Tamlynn

    Very disappointed in this book. The premise was great, (what if the voices in your head really are there?)I loved the setting, the tie-in with family history, and I was excited for a good mystery, but things just kept going well for the heroine. I did like the hammer scene, but wanted more suspense overall.I agree with this review:Beautiful prose and intriguing characters can't quite save the confusing, and at times needlessly complicated, plot of this challenging psychological thriller, set on [...]


  • Carol

    I didn't think I would want to read a book about a 52 year old woman with mental health issues building a house on an island.Not even, if they were the beautiful Washington State San Juan Islands.A place I have longed to visit but never will.The island of Folly is a figment of the writer's skillful imagination. This was my first time reading King but not my last. A wonderful story and I so related to 52 year old Rae Newborn.


  • Shawna Millard

    It felt like climbing a very steep hill. I admit it to be well written but all that remorse and introspection are too much sometimes for even the most avid fan of Ms. King. I try to avoid the books written about people with suicidal tendencies and severe depression. They may be helpful for some but for myself they truly drag me down.


  • Andrea

    I picked this up since I just blazed through most of the Mary Russell novels and am developing an interest in woodworking and house construction. It was an interesting read given that the protagonist is a middle-aged widow with mental illness -- certainly not your typical heroine. And it was pretty interesting to read about rebuilding a house, learning about framing, different types of wood, etc.But the main plotlines about Rae's enemies, her daughter's family drama, and her relationships with t [...]


  • BarbN

    Folly is the story of Rae Newborn, a woman who has endured far more than anyone should have to, ending with several months spent in a psychiatric hospital. What worked for me in this book: Rae Newborn's slow, intricate path from mental illness back to strength and wholeness. Beautifully and convincingly done, and for that I give it five stars. I wasn't all that excited to read a book about mental illness, but after about fifty pages or so, I couldn't put it down. This is easily the best book I'v [...]


  • Anne Hawn Smith

    This book is a very compelling look at madness and healing. I found it different from anything else I have read by Laurie R. King. The main character is a woman, Rae Newborn, in her 50's, who has been subject to severe depression and several suicide attempts, and who has come to a deserted island in the Juan de Fuga straits. She was attempting to reconstruct the house left by her mysterious Great Uncle Desmond. The house burned and Desmond disappeared many years before and for some reason, she h [...]


  • Lisa

    I am a seldom reader of suspense and mystery genre, so take my review with that in mind. I did not know Folly was a suspense when I began reading. I picked this book up because the premise of a women going off to an island to live by herself smelled delicious and Goodread readers reviewed it well--especially an acquaintence, who recommended it. Folly deserves its good reviews and I am glad to have read it. I warmed up to it slowly. Thirty or so pages in and I was already calculating how quickly [...]


  • Susannah

    Too long (we get it; she's crazy and/or susceptible to becoming so) and the ending came out of nowhere. Laurie King has a tendency to pack so much into the rest of the book -- specifically, the ins and outs of her main character -- that her endings can seem tacked on and almost like a deux-ex-machina. This one more or less made sense, but it still had very little weight compared to the rest of the book's heft.


  • Terri Lynn

    This whole thing is so absurd. First of all, Sherlock Holmes was a lifelong confirmed bachelor. He had NO wife and in fact, did not WANT a wife. The only woman in his life was his housekeeper and occasionally a female client. What's next- a book about mysteries being solved by the wife of the Pope?!


  • Linda Lpp

    Interesting story line. Suspense. Fear. dealing with mental health issues, family conflicts, and much much more kept me guessing until the end to realize the significance of the various characters.A few loose ends leave you wondering where Rae, Tamara and others in the story go from there. But an intricately woven story.


  • Jane

    This book haunts me for some reason. The idea of an emotionally fragile woman retreating to an island to recover and rebuild her life, pursued by a malevolent force from her family's past, just gets me. My favorite of all King's books.


  • Joy

    I changed my rating from 3 stars to 2 because I think I was being too generous to give it 3 stars. My cousin gave me this book when she was done with it and said she liked it. But I remember thinking it was not compelling and I was frankly glad to be finished with it.


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