Let whoever is without sin cast the first stone.
Nobody believed Pastor Matt raped her. The tight-knit religious community punished her when she spoke out and expected 15-year-old Mercy to repent for making false allegations.
Instead, she ran. And somebody - her father? - beat Pastor Matt into a coma and left his wife for dead.
Twenty-three years later, Iris has put a life together, transformed herself from runaway teen Mercy Asher to sought-after jewelry designer Iris Dashwood. But now that Pastor Matt's awake, she's sliding back, losing ground to the painful memories she's barely kept at bay.
Iris has no choice but to return to Lone Pine - to confront the man who tore her life apart and recover the truth from a community that protects its own.
"This utterly compelling novel grabs you on page one and drags you into the dark heart of a family and a church gone wrong.... A triumph!" (Catriona McPherson, Anthony Award-winning author of As She Left It)
"Tense and all-too-believable.... Laura DiSilverio's taut mystery packs an emotional punch." (Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of China Lake)
What members say
Good Suspence Novel
Iris once known as Mercy has come back home 23 years later to Colorado Springs. Will having a new perspective and a plan to claim her life back after losing it all those years ago, is she able to redeem all that she has lost? Her father is now in prison for 23 years for the brutal attack of the “community” pastor Matt whom Iris had accused of sexual abuse who has been in a coma as well. With her father in prison, Pastor Matt serving his own sentence, and the self-destruction prison sentence that Iris is now living, she has much to gain by breaking the strong holds that have kept her living in her past.
Coming back has not been the welcome home coming but a fight for her life as someone is determined to send her back to Washington where she now lives. Fighting for her father’s freedom, she must discover what happened that night when The Reckoning of the stones changed the lives of her family.
Iris story deals with sexual abuse when one man has absolute power over so many. Absolute power corrupts absolutely even in a religious setting where it is can be so damaging. The narration did not go into great sexual detail but it was truthful to the consequences of the abuse of power and the affects it has on victims.
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Sandra Murphy was good with the delivery of the story although a little bland at times
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- Pamela M. Neumann
I completely enjoyed this book!!! The narrator did and excellent job and made it easy to follow.
The story itself was exciting and kept me looking forward to listen more. I listen to and from work and I found myself thinking my commute was too short. Great characters with high drama and excitement.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
- Victoria Haugen
GREAT SUSPENSEFUL NOVEL, GOOD STUFF!
This story grabs you and doesn't let go, it's a journey into darkness that's a hard nut to crack, but very interesting story, great narration, really enjoyed it. Very enthralling, gripping story of corruption, religion, and dirty deeds. I'd definitely recommend this to others :)
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