Alice LaPlante’s acclaimed psychological thrillers are distinguished by their stunning synthesis of family drama and engrossing suspense. Her new novel is an affecting foray deeper into the creases of family life—and the light-and-dark battle of faith—as LaPlante delves into the barbed psyche of a teenager whose misguided convictions bear irrevocable consequences.
Never one to conform, Anna always had trouble fitting in. Earnest and willful, as a young girl she quickly learned how to hide her quirks from her parents and friends. But when, at sixteen, a sudden melancholia takes hold of her life, she loses her sense of self and purpose. Then the Goldschmidts move in next door. They’re active members of a religious cult, and Anna is awestruck by both their son, Lars, and their fervent violent prophecies for the Tribulation at the End of Days. Within months, Anna’s life—her family, her home, her very identity—will undergo profound changes. But when her newfound beliefs threaten to push her over the edge, she must find her way back to center with the help of unlikely friends. An intimate story of destruction and renewal, New York Times bestselling author LaPlante delivers a haunting exploration of family legacies, devotion, and tangled relationships.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Firstly I should say that I requested to read this book as the description really appealed to me. Unfortunately the book didn’t grab me as much as I hoped it would. The storyline for me was a bit flat and the characters just didn’t appeal to me. The only character that I vaguely liked was Jim Fulson.
Don’t get me wrong the book is very well written, for me I was just expecting the story to be quite different after reading the description and to me I felt that the story was more about a girl trying to find herself in a world where she doesn’t fit in and joining the church to find her niche in life.
Over all it is still a good read and it wouldn’t put me off reading more by this author just for me I expected more of a thrill after reading the blurb.
This book is due to be published on the Fourth of August.
I have awarded this book 3/5 stars.