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Stephen Carter, Naomi's father and the patriarch of the Carter clan, invites the Wallheims over to the Carter family compound in the remote foothills of the mountains outside Salt Lake City. Stephen Carter wishes to extend an olive branch to his future in-laws and introduce them to his five wives and 22 children. But Linda suspects he also wants to try to persuade the Wallheims that his way of life is truly righteous. From Linda's point of view, polygamy is an abhorrent practice, one that dehumanizes women and makes children vulnerable to unhealthy family structures. She and her husband, Kurt, arrive at the Carter compound braced for trouble - Linda has her eyes peeled for signs that Stephen's wives and children are unhappy or abused. Although she can't find concrete evidence of mistreatment, Linda's gut instinct tells her that something on the Carter family compound is deeply wrong. She can't quite put her finger on what - until it's too late, and one of the family members is found murdered. Afraid that Stephen Carter's unworldly, sequestered wives and children might suffer at the hands of investigating police, Linda vows to stay at the compound until the murderer is found and the survivors are safe. But even if she manages to do more good than harm with her snooping and interfering, Linda can't unsee what she has seen during her time at the Carters'. Now, confronting the legacy of polygamy in her own Mormon family raises even more questions about her already shaky faith.
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By Godwillen on 04-23-17
The First Two? Great? This One? Fuggedaboutit
Any additional comments?
Where to start? The plot? Jumps the shark. From the beginning, it's unbelievable.
The lead character? Now an insufferably self-righteous Nancy Drew. Also deluded, in thinking she can "solve" a murder. (I won't even go near the aplomb with which she faces gruesome murders in the course of a day - but cannot "get over" the death of stillborn infant 20 years before.)
Advice to readers: skip this one, and let's hope the author regains her form.
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By Marion F.S. on 07-22-17
Recommend listening! (at an slightly increased speed)
I listened to the last two books in the series in a short two days which is unusually fast for me. I enjoy following the personality descriptions as well as the description of the milieu and universe of Linda W. There were a couple decisions made by the main character, Linda, that seemed a bit too reckless to make complete sense, but they were well argued for and added to the suspense perhaps even more than the murder-mystery. Would Linda and her one son really "get away with it" without facing dire consequences for their choices this time? (Not telling. :)) All of Ivie Harrison's books are interesting in that they depict both very good as well as deeply problematic sides of Mormon theology, heritage and life. All books in this series are important commentaries on Mormon-influenced thought, history and society.
The narration was a bit slow and "mechanical" for my taste, but by speeding it up a bit in the app it worked very well for me. It however prevented me from doing as many chores simultaneously the way usually listen, absorbing all my attention at this higher speed. I was sorry to finish the books! I enjoyed my days in the Linda Wallheim universe very much.