Blood Atonement, a review by Kristin

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Blood Atonement
By: S.M. Freedman

Publication Date: October 18, 2022
Published By: Dundurn Press
416 pages

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Grace DeRoche and 9 others escaped from the Brigham Mormon compound. She words to bring its leaders to justice. But then a mass suicide is committed so that they can avoid prosecution and Grace goes on living in solitude. Grace suffers from dissociated identity disorder and pieces of her life are just blank. She never knows when there will be a trigger to bring out one of her alternative personalities. When some of the other escapees die suspicious deaths, a detective comes knocking on Grace’s door eager to ask her if she had been in touch with the others. While Grace loses her grip on reality often, with her alternative personalities coming forward, the evidence found points directly to her, but is she a murderer or a victim?

Wow! When a book brings together historical fiction and thriller/mystery, I grab it up. It’s a combination that I don’t find too often, and I absolutely love it. It was very interesting to learn about the Mormon compounds and their way of life through Grace’s memory, and a much better way of telling it rather then having the “Past” and “Present” chapters. Freedman writes Grace with such depth that you feel both sympathy and empathy for her. There was a moment in the book that led me to figure out who was behind it all, but I believe that the author put that breadcrumb there on purpose. However, there was a twist that I didn’t see coming at all; I was so shocked when I read it! The book was filled with a tense feeling, it was suspenseful, and it was fast paced. It was also so unputdownable, I carried my e-reader around so I could continue to read it! That’s when you know it’s a great book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers and/or historical fiction.


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