Leta’s Re-Review: Blood Atonement by S.M. Freedman (The BC Review)

Blood Atonement by S.M. Freedman

Psychological Horror, Thriller, Adult

Rating: 5/5

Head on over to the BC Review to read my full review of Blood Atonement by S.M. Freedman! Here’s a direct link: https://thebcreview.ca/2023/04/23/1783-herbert-mcmyn-freedman/

Here’s an excerpt:

S.M. Freedman‘s Blood Atonement is shocking and thrilling, terrifying from the moment you realize the broad accuracy of the events it describes the aftermath of. And of course, this is a situation where it pays to pay attention. Numerous details on every page are intrinsic to the plot of the novel, and some can easily slide past your eyes and hide in the ink in the rush towards the end.

Blood Atonement concerns the aftermath of an event that struck a tiny chord of remembrance in me when I first read the synopsis. Here in British Columbia, there is a town called Bountiful. From the research I’ve done, it’s not a true town, but it’s simplest to call it that. It was in Bountiful that a Canadian offshoot of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints set up a compound and began practising their beliefs. These beliefs included many horrible things, most of which happened to women and children. I suggest watching one of the documentaries on the subject — I watched Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (2022) on Netflix, but there are others you can find with a Google search to give you a better idea of what truly happened to people who grew up in or escaped from those communities. The documentaries are mostly about the groups of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Utah, Arizona, and Texas, but the activities sound very similar to what is described and hinted at in Blood Atonement.

The intrigue and mystery in this novel hooked me from the start. I was enthralled with following the main character, Grace DeRoche, as she struggles with…”

Full review on the BC Review at https://thebcreview.ca/2023/04/23/1783-herbert-mcmyn-freedman/

Thanks for reading!

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