A simple and compelling story about a claustrophobic family relationship, told from the perspective of the youngest daughter, Emily. Her family are devout Jehovah’s Witnesses and the strictness of the church and her father makes tensions simmer deep and long.
I’m assuming that Jennifer LoveGrove depicts devout Jehovah’s Witnesses with some accuracy — for me it was fascinating to read about how Emily struggled to reconcile her deep belief that worldly people and things are evil with her real desires to make friends, to fit in at school, and to question her upbringing.
I won’t share the ending — one I didn’t predict! — but just to say the ending was a surprise to me and I liked the choice!