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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    A smart and heart-wrenching page-turner!

    The pacing of the book is perfect. There was never a time where I felt it dragged or there was a lull. I always wanted to get to the next page, read the next chapter, find out what was going to happen. The characters were ones you wanted to learn more about. They drew you into the story and made you want to know where they were going. Especially the main character, the priest I mentioned, Michael Jerome (Father Jerome to most people.)

    Michael was so sympathetic because he behaved like a real human being. One of the things I loved the most about this book was Pearson's ability to capture the absolute humanness of a priest. Any priest will tell you they are not infallible. They are human. They are very human, having the same desires, doubts, and concerns that everyone else has. They just have a calling that changes the way they can react to many of those desires or doubts. Father Jerome struggles with his ability to remain faithful. Starting with a chance meeting with a man who took part in his sister's murder, and moving through the carefully woven tapestry of lies that led up to the cover-up, Michael is intensely human and real.

    Throughout the book, Michael tries to solve his sister's murder. Meanwhile he tries to remain strong for his father who must take care of an ailing wife. Alzheimer's has destroyed all but the strongest of her memories. Once a loving, adoring mother, she is now paranoid, frightened, and can't even recognize her only remaining child. When Michael does try to talk to her, she fearfully asks her husband who the stranger is. Then she proceeds to tell Michael about her wonderful, beautiful daughter.

    This novel is well-paced, intriguing, and heart-wrenching. The characters will suck you in and make you want to know more. The turns this story takes makes it a page-turner from start to finish.

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