The Crime Writers' Association

Gold 2012

Alice LaPlante
Turn of Mind


Synopsis: The police are convinced that Jennifer White has killed her best friend. Amanda’s body has been discovered in her home, stabbed to death and with four fingers from her right hand neatly removed. The murder is a horrifying shock to a quiet and genteel neighbourhood. Jennifer’s work as an accomplished surgeon and the stormy nature of her friendship with Amanda make her the prime suspect. However, even Jennifer cannot tell if she really is responsible. Her days are spent in confusion and her memories are fragmented thanks to the Alzheimer’s that is gradually destroying her once brilliant mind.

The Judges said: “A clever original debut from an unusual perspective; this psychological thriller is narrated in the first person through the eyes of someone with dementia. It manages to be suspenseful, unsettling and moving.”