The Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSilverio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a close knit religious community which has no local police force but an outside Sheriff that never gets involved.
Everyone goes to church and everyone knows each other.
Mercy is a 14 year old girl who gets raped by the Pastor Matt. No one believes her.
Someone has attacked Pastor Matt, he has been badly beaten near to death.
But who did it? No one believed her, did they?
Twenty years later, she is living far away from this community and trying to live her life. She creates Jewelry.
The author has written a great insight to the Jewelry that Mercy creates which added to the understanding of how sensitive this art is.
Mercy is now known as Iris, she changed her name and her surname.
What happened to the Pastor who raped her? Well he was left in a coma.
Twenty years later Iris comes across and a newspaper that tells the world that a miracle has happened and Paster Matt is now awake.
Iris wants to go back to settle things. Her father was put into prison accused of this crime, but Iris is not convinced that he did it, she visits him in prison.
Of course, her return is not met with a good old welcome home banner. She has a lot of people against her even after all this time.
We see how she meets up with different ones she used to play with, someone she used to love and her best friend and where that leads her now.
Can Iris [who was once known as Mercy] uncover the truth.
And what are these "reckoning stones"
I found this a pretty good paced read. Laura DiSilverio is a great story teller that kept my interest throughout and did keep me guessing until towards the end.
It wasn't shocking to find out but it was understandable and acceptable.
I really did enjoy this read and was breathing a sigh of relief that Mercy got to the bottom of it all.
* I want to thank Midnight Ink and net galley for my review copy*
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