IODINE, by Haven Kimmel

Getting into this compelling psychological novel without reading the cover notes could leave you floundering; it certainly did me. Trace Pennington, lavender-eyed, brilliant, troubled, zooms through her college psych courses at the speed of light; she could teach them if she wanted. She lives in a remote, deserted farmhouse with her dog Weeds. She avoids all contact. Then she falls in love, the ultimate contact sport. Then questions begin. Is she really Trace Pennington? Is she sane? Is she really in love? Is the dog real? Despite the endless (no doubt brilliant) Jungian and Freudian analysis, this journey sprinkled with subtle clues and witty insights will grab you. It’s a 4. Perfect for a book group.