Much of this novel takes place in Willard State Asylum in New York in the 1930's. The author researched this subject before writing the book. It is distressing to see how the patients were treated and to realize that some of the women were there because they were not compliant with their parents' wishes or their husbands' wishes. They were not mentally ill, but still spent much of their lives in an asylum.
The story is upsetting but I couldn't put it down. The author is very descriptive and, at times, I needed to rush through that description to see what would happen.
The two storylines fit together beautifully, and came together in a very dramatic ending.
This is Wiseman's second novel. It had received great reviews!