Archive | July 25, 2013

Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley


Read this in two nights! Work nights! Couldn’t go to bed until I finished it. (And suffered the next day, especially the second day with the accumulation of two late nights.)

Shows how compelling this novel is.

But I would never say it is enjoyable. Chilling, compelling, uncomfortable, scary, yes.

I am intrigued by what people are willing to tolerate to sustain a sense of belonging, and a sense of certainty. I am also endlessly interested in why people want simple answers and want to give up free will and intelligence and logic for a belief, for “faith”.

Briefly, without needing to give a spoiler alert, Amity and Sorrow are sisters who escape with their mother from a polygamous cult. I read an online review which stated Sorrow is evil. Too simplistic. The three are damaged and hurting. And the damage continues.

My only whinge: I need certainty (lol, don’t we all) that was not forthcoming in the ending. Did she contact the police?