“Good mystery set in West Virginia, involving a church, a death and a family. ”Kathleen B wrote this review Sunday, March 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellant book”ilene t wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“loved it!”Diane Benson wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A moody low-key mystery set in the Appalachian Mountains near Marshall, NC. A church of snake-handlers and their charismatic leader wreak havoc on the lives of many in their small town. Read it for the library book club. ”Carla E. Hollar wrote this review Monday, March 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book regarding an autistic child who is killed by an evengelical pastor. Evil and kindness are linked”Susan Austin wrote this review Saturday, March 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“'Having grown-up and gone to school in western NC, I can relate, albeit to a very limited degree, to the on-going struggles of some mountain-folk to participate in the 21st century. Like first-novel success stories such as "The Help" and "Mudbound," Cash seems not only to have a deep understanding of the mountain culture, but is well-equipped to tell their stories in a captivating manner. It is 2013, I'm 69 years old, I still find it hard to believe--but it's true--that there are STILL 'snake-handling churches to be found in the 'hills and hollers' of Appalachia!”Daniel M wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A captivating Southern Gothic tale complete with a holy-roller preacher, snakes, and dangerous secrets. Want to read more from this author.”Johna L. wrote this review Saturday, February 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“JudithAnn said: 5 stars
I loved this book from the very beginning. The book starts with Adelaide telling how she is waiting to see Pastor Carson Chambliss at the church. A church that she hasn’t set foot in for many years, after a meeting in which snakes were used had gone wrong. The church’s windows are covered up with newspaper and no outsider knows what is going on inside.
Adelaide is such a honest and thoroughly decent old lady that I couldn’t help liking her from the start. She is one of three narrators. Another narrator is nine year old Jess, who is very likeable too.
His older brother, Stump, is a deaf-mute. One day Pastor Chambliss finds him snooping on something, after which he suggests a "healing" session for Stump at the church. Sadly, this goes wrong very badly. What the Pastor and the other adults don't know, is that Jess also snooped when Stump did, and he has some information on what happened to Stump in the church, too. The reader knows what he knows and hopes he will tell an adult already!
The third narrator is the sheriff, a strange character but not unfriendly. He had had dealings with Jess’ family before which play a large role in how he deals with the situation at hand.
The book is a kind of Mystery, but just as much an observation of small town living. The reader doesn’t know exactly what happened but we do know that Jess has important information, if only he is willing to share it.
Well written, with a bit North Carolina flavor in the way the people talked. I liked the alternating of narrators, which meant that the reader saw the story from different viewpoints. The story picked up with each narrator where the other had left off (or sometimes repeated the descriptions of some of the events through their own eyes).
A wonderful read, from the first page to the end. ”
“Awesome book. Story keeps adding details you don't expect.”Barb S wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I rated this book ONE star and wrote a review panning it as sophomoric navel-gazing. Apparently, Amazon censors reviews as it has been removed TWICE from my shelf. Once more and I will be reviewing Shelfari and Amazon on Facebook. I only give poor ratings to books that deservd them.”travelingmamma wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No