“Sane, wise, likable . . . [The] solution is nicely surprising, and Linda has an engrossing voice, at once modest and assured.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
In her cover blurb, Mette Ivie Harrison says she is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons, so I have to assume the lifestyle she describes is somewhat accurate. She does go into great detail about the Mormon home life, and those looking for a voyeuristic peek into this normally closed society will probably be happy with the novel.
While I want to think the author is reliable, and not leading the reader astray, many sections gave me the feeling Harrison was stuffing as many clichés about Mormons into her mystery as she could. Rigid patriarchal society which downplays the role of women in society? Got it covered.Child and spousal abuse? Ditto. Polygamy and salacious history about early founders? No way she’d leave that out.