Anne D. LeClaire Sideshow (Onyx Fiction)

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Sideshow (Onyx Fiction)

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Confronting the abusive ex-lover who devastated her life, Soleil Browne finds her intentions complicated by a Boston serial killer and haunting dreams about an imperiled orphan girl from sixty years in the past. Reprint.

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The author of Grace Point (1992) here crafts an exquisite novel of suspense and redemption. After a transient childhood with a single mother, Soleil has created an orderly life in her humble but cozy Boston apartment and her job as a museum librarian. Now, in September 1993, her aged mother lies unconscious after a stroke. Soleil starts losing sleep at night, which makes her the perfect, if reluctant, candidate for Dreamscape, an exhibit at the museum that requires her to sleep on display as her brain waves are translated into a light show and musical composition. The scientist monitoring her sleep patterns happens to be Soleil's former lover, Andy, who becomes alarmed by her unusually lengthy dream stages. In fact, she is not dreaming but time traveling to rural Fortune Groves, Ohio, in the summer of 1932. There she observes Shoe, a girl who has been horribly disfigured in an accident, lost both her parents, and been separated from her beloved brother, Thomas. Now Shoe is being stalked by the town mogul, whose terrible secret she knows. Back in modern-day Boston, Soleil's midwestern-born mother has shown some response listening to stories of her dreams, and Soleil is in danger from the Sweetheart Strangler, a serial killer whose progress she follows casually in the newspapers. Graced by LeClaire's compassion, the mechanism of time travel never becomes too far-fetched, but instead creates the opportunity for readers to be moved by the heartaches of Soleil and Shoe and by the healing they achieve through their encounters. LeClaire imbues her characters with such dignity that no situation into which they fall seems absurd. She transcends science fiction and suspense genre elements to craft a story of gentle souls who attain enlightenment. The only disappointment is Soleil's relationship with Andy, strictly a dime-store romance. Surprisingly stirring. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Readers in search of suspense will find this novel aptly titled: like a carnival sideshow, it promises more than it delivers. Boston librarian Soleil Browne agrees to be a subject in "Dreamscape," a sleep experiment in which dream states trigger an audiovisual display. Somehow--and the author never explains this adequately--Soleil's participation in the program sparks bizarre dreams that mentally transport her to 1932, where she bears witness to the traumatic life of an orphaned 12-year-old girl. Chapters about Soleil, who becomes obsessed with "protecting" the child, alternate with stories of the girl, called "Shoe" because she has been disfigured by a horse's kick to the face. LeClaire's ( Grace Point ) imaginative rendering of Depression-era life proves stronger than her cardboard, soap-opera version of present-day events. Still, plot devices loom from every direction--Soleil's mother has suffered a stroke; one of Dreamscape's doctors is Soleil's estranged lover; a serial killer nicknamed the "Sweetheart Strangler" is on the loose in the present--and practically nothing gels. It's only natural for readers to suspect that Shoe's life, Soleil's dreams, the comatose mother and the serial killer will magically converge at the climax; however, nothing so spectacular takes place, even when Leclaire draws comparisons between a homicidal child molester's pursuit of Shoe and the strangler's stalking of Soleil. Ultimately, the author's failure to provide even a sketchy scientific or psychic framework for her tale undermines its already shaky plot. Paperback rights to Signet.
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