In this haunting tale, a seasoned author (Margaret’s Peace) explores the mind of a domestic violence victim, inviting readers to peer in at Sadie’s “marriage full of secrets.” When Sadie married Troy, she was impressed by his ministry of “righting wrongs.” But even as she longs for them to be a normal Christian couple, Troy’s smothering control gradually sucks her into a horrifying spiral of abuse.
I almost had to stop reading this book in the first chapter, because I realized it dealt with ugly reality. I’m glad I didn’t, because we can’t hide from the painful truth, even when it penetrates our “safe” Christian circles. Sadie, mother of five and wife of the wonderful Christian deacon, Troy, bravely faces the challenges of raising her children. She makes every effort to keep her home a haven for Troy when he comes home from the pressures of work, but never can seem to do enough. Kept busy with the many demands on her time, she finds herself isolated by lack of close friendships. When two young girls disappear from their small community, Sadie begins to see disturbing coincidences in her husband’s behavior.
Linda Hall has taken on a burden by writing about the secrets we don’t like to face in our protected lives. Bravo to her for exposing this; it will encourage victims to get help and friends to speak up. I do recommend this book. It really is a tough one to put down!
Review by Cindy.