Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley

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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?

7 thoughts on “Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley

  1. Gosh you write a compelling review! The picture was enough for me to assume I wouldn’t like it, but the way you describe it, I’m interested!

    • Having seen your posts on the books you like, I don’t think you’d like this novel. Two friends have read it – one hated it, one took ages to get into it but once in found it compelling. Definitely not a book for all.

      • Interestingly, I did enjoy this book. I read about all sorts of things, but I don’t often know what book to pick up. If I’d ‘judged a book by it’s cover’ I’m not sure what I would have thought of this one, but it probably wouldn’t have immediately drawn me in. Still, it was a good read!

    • Hope you find it interesting. It’s my next book club book. I think it will provoke some animated discussion. Some will hate the novel. Some will be angry at the mother. Some will be intrigued by the human condition.

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