Good and truth will stand under scrutiny; evil will not. Sometimes evil will come in where good abides. The innocent pay the price. This story is one of a southern church where “Biblical” practices are upheld, including faith healing and snake handling. An opportunistic pastor uses the people’s faith against them, and one family pays the greatest price. The violence that was sure to come, and then the redemption that follows allow the community to move on and allow the reader to get lost in the plot. But something else is at work here,something that distinguishes this wonderful book from just another episode of “Criminal Minds”, as much as Bridget Jones Diary from Pride and Prejudice. Writing as simple, powerful and beautiful as poetry and characters as human and flawed as we know ourselves to be — this is what kept me reading until the very end.