Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: The Devil in Pew Number Seven

So this was a bit of a risk, but I did enjoy it. The writing is pretty bad, and it is stuffed with sentimentality from start to finish. The first third or so is by far the worst of it. It gets better once the story gets going.

It seems to have been pretty well researched, for which I was grateful. The events of the story are remarkable in themselves, which mostly redeems the bad writing in my opinion. It is a true story told by the woman who lived it. The fact that she doesn't do a great job of telling her story doesn't diminish the value of the story itself.

The fundamental difficulty is that she was a child when the events took place. If one of the adults in the story had written this instead, I think we may have gotten a tighter account. As it is, a childish perspective pervades the whole telling.

So I guess this is sort of a tepid recommendation. If you are intrigued by the idea of a church-related pseudo-true crime story that happened in NC, you might enjoy this book. I'd just say don't make the mistake another reviewer did by getting the audiobook!

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