This book grips you with its first sentence and never lets go: “My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted.”
As the book continues, we are on Elspeth’s journey with her, as she comes to terms with her mother’s death and all the family secrets that are ready to bubble to the surface. She most eagerly is trying to figure out her mother’s connection to the Seekers, a cult-like religion that is reminiscent of Scientology.
This novel does not let you off easy. We are dealing with rape, murder, betrayal, and family dysfunction in such a way you will be extremely thankful for your own mother. In fact, it’s easy to think this could be a memoir in the way the timeline is handled and how real these characters act.
Sorell writes beautifully, but it’s not a case where you will get bogged down in the language. It’s a fast read, and you’ll want to race through to reach its conclusion.
Sign me up for any future books from Sorell. I know the prose will be fluid and the story convincing, if it is anything like her debut. My thanks to Goldberg McDuffie and Prospect Park Books for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Gina Sorell now resides in Toronto, and lives in a world of words. Some of those words are: writer, namer, creative director, artist, daughter, sister, wife and mother.
After two decades as a working actor of stage and screen in NYC, LA, and Toronto, Gina decided to return to her first love–writing, and graduated with distinction from UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Gina likes to balance out the long solitary hours of novel writing, with her work as a Creative Director of Eat My Words, a SF based branding firm, where she collaborates all day long with innovators and entrepreneurs whose identity she establishes with only one word, their name.
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