Wednesday, September 16, 2009
More Mary DeMuth...
My take on Daisy Chain:
When his best friend and self-proclaimed future wife disappears, it's up to fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper to find her. But as even as the trail begins to cool, Daisy's disappearance uncovers a minefield of dark secrets in the small, Texas town of Defiance. Before long it seems as if everyone must shoulder some of the guilt for her alleged kidnapping. Emory Chance, Daisy's mother, deals with accusations of alcoholism and neglect. Ouisie Pepper, Jed's mother, is haunted by dreams. Even Jed himself is consumed by regret for not protecting Daisy the way he feels he should have. And the secrets don't stop there... A prophet, a madwoman, a child, and a seemingly soulless preacher all play an integral part in Mary DeMuth's haunting tale.
Daisy Chain is filled with unforgettable characters and a gripping plot. I was so anxious to uncover the mystery behind Daisy's disappearance that I had to remind myself to read, not skim. And when I took the time to savor the words, I was completely drawn in to the world of Defiance, Texas. Written in a comfortable, down-home style that invites you in, Daisy Chain brings up tough issues and examines them beneath the lens of scripture. Though the ending may not be nice and neat, it is hopeful--and it left me wanting more.
My take on A Slow Burn:
In A Slow Burn, Mary E. DeMuth explores the depth and breadth of tragedy with deft sensitivity and raw honesty. She deals unflinchingly with murder, adultery, drug abuse, and more, yet she weaves heartbreak and hope in the same tapestry. Her book will both rend your heart, and then soothe it. A must read for anyone who has hit the proverbial rock bottom and longs to turn around and look up.
Preview of Thin Places:
Did you watch the trailer? Did you cry? It's amazing, isn't it? Anyway, it's not too late to win one of Mary's books. Leave a comment on yesterday's post. Winner will be drawn on Saturday at noon.