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Iodine, the fourth novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Haven Kimmel, tells the terrifying story of a young woman emerging from layers of delusion, fantasy, and lies.
Brilliant, unconventional college senior Trace Pennington has eked out an impoverished, solitary, but highly functional existence in the years since she ran away from her abusive home. But when Trace finds love with a much older man, her life is upended and she's forced to face herself and her past. After recovering a horrific, long-suppressed memory, she discovers that much of her present-day life is a carefully constructed delusion. With equal parts genius and psychosis, Trace copes with the fallout from a brutal, bizarre childhood in a heart-stopping story that explores both the terror and wonder of mental illness.
Kimmel elevates the notion of the unreliable narrator to thrilling dimensions, parceling out Trace's strange, dark story in mesmerizing bits that obscure as much as they reveal, and keep the reader guessing until the end. In Iodine, Kimmel makes an exciting foray into psychological gothic territory, and her radiant imagination and lyrical prose are on full display here. This unique portrait of the emotional effects of trauma is tantalizing, shocking, and ultimately hopeful.