Caralynne’s secret seems safe until Dayne MacFarland returns, determined to learn the truth about the cult. His investigation and his rekindled love for Caralynne lead the pair toward a confrontation with the group’s elders.
Can Dayne’s love for Caralynne bridge the gulf of anger and bitterness that divides the community? Or will Caralynne’s deadly secrets prove too high a price for her redemption?
The main character, Caralynne, is part of a religious cult called The Children of Righteous Cain that keeps to itself. The women aren't treated well at all, and are often abused – whether mentally, physically, or spiritually. Given the background as described in the first few chapters, it becomes quite understandable why she reacts the way she does over the course of the story. I will state that Elder Simmons is a character that I found easy to dislike because of how controlling and power-mad he was. On the other hand, I liked Dayne, the new minister of the group, simply because he saw what was happening for what it was.
Overall, this is a book that, despite the difficult subject, I think Carole handled well and created a story that I thought was well-written and held my attention from beginning to end. For that, I give her a rating of 5/5 platypires.