Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Sound Between the Notes” by Barbara Linn Probst, She Writes Press, April 6, 2021. On Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours
Barbara Linn Probst, the author of “The Sound Between the Notes” has written an intriguing and memorable novel.I appreciate that the author has written a novel about the rhythm, balance, timbre and feelings about life. Barbara Linn Probst also writes about nature vs. nature. The author is an amazing writer, who vividly describes the characters, events, and settings in the story. The genres for this story are literary fiction, women’s fiction, domestic fiction and fiction. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated. Music sets the stage for this story.
The protagonist of this story, Susannah has set aside her passion and career of playing the piano, to be a wife and mother. As her son gets older, Susannah is given the opportunity to embrace a career as a pianist. When Susannah is auditioning, she “feels” something is off a few times with the notes she plays. She compensates the best that she can and is offered the chance to take a position. Susannah notices two small bumps in her hand, that don’t hurt her, but she does go to the doctor.
Susannah finds out that the small bumps are part of a genetic , inherited disease that possible would make playing the piano difficult. When Susannah researches the disease, and looks for cures, she becomes even more obsessed. Susannah is adopted and searches for her birth family to seek answers.
As Susannah tries to balance and practice the piano, she starts forgetting important everyday routines that her family expects her to do. Susannah searches to find herself. I would recommend this well-written, emotional, and thought-provoking novel for other readers.