Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Park Row
Rated 4 of 5 stars
In her debut novel, Catherine Adel West takes readers on an emotional journey of intertwined family secrets in the Church. Told in chapters alternating narration between characters and even the church itself. I found the story to be well written, emotional and thought provoking on topics like domestic violence, suicide, homicide, faith, friendship and loneliness.
The story follows Layla, bestfriend to Ruby. Ruby is a tortured soul after the death of her mother and possibly quite some time beforehand as shown through a gruesome suicide attempt. While Layla attempts to boost her friends spirits and find what plagues her in order to stop any further suicide attempts, she is overlooking her own family turmoil. Layla’s father, pastor of the church, has roots that run deep in the community and Ruby’s father seems to have an undeniable hold on the pastor from an incident in their youth. These secrets of all involved seem to tear at the fabric of friendship and faith. The church, the constant in the years of the family’s lineage, sees and hears all from the past and knows what happens within its walls. In the story, Ruby must find her strength in the worst imaginable way and understands the depths and confusion of love, friendship and family. Layla discovers the truths hidden by her family as does the pastor in his quest for validation and confirmation of who he is when the congregations not watching.
This story is a great story for those who like a bit of mystery and domestic drama. There are twists abound and high emotional content in the plot. Great book for book clubs who value discussions about family, race, love, friendship and secrets that should (or should not) be kept.
Raging Book Reviews Highly Recommended
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