Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

 Chris Bohjalian's newest novel focuses on the murder and apparent suicide of a couple in a small town in Vermont. The husband has a known history of abuse, and the case seems to be clear in the beginning. The story begins through the voice of the local pastor who has a secret history with the family.  The voices also shift to a young female author who writes about angels, an assistant prosecutor, and the fifteen year-old daughter of the deceased couple.  Bohjalian does an excellent job shifting the perspectives and changing the reader's feelings for each character along with the shifts.  I had hoped that he would shift back and revisit the earlier characters through their own eyes, but that's not the case.  Regardless, it was a great novel. 4.5/5

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