A Land More Kind Than Home
By Wiley Cash
William Morrow, 2012. 309. Fiction
I love stories that take place in the Appalachian Mountains, whether they are historical or contemporary. Wiley Cash has written a fantastic semi-mystery set in a small North Carolina town. The language of the characters is what drew me in first, since it was so real that the author didn't need a lot of background on the characters to start off with an exciting and somewhat troubling story. Using three different people as his narrators, it creates a fast paced story where each character lends some clues to what has happened not only in the current situation ( I can't say much or it gives it away!) but also enough flashbacks to show how the three main people as well as others have influenced each other and the town in the past.
By taking the secretive services of a church and turning one evening bad, all the characters either have to show their good or evil in them, and many times it is both. I think by combining a child's point of view, a woman who left the church for obvious reasons, and a sheriff with some hard feelings towards some of the characters, Cash has made this story so intriguing I didn't want to put it down. The book doesn't really have a twist since you can tell where the story is headed, but at the same time you want to know who turns out okay. It really is a story about the people and the choices they make based on their beliefs of if they are good or not.