Sally Spedding's latest thriller is a shocking revelation of corruption in the Catholic Church-guaranteed to engage readers from the first appalling moments to the final, agonizing scene. And Ms Spedding creates such dark, demonic images within this tight, tense narrative, that they are bound to linger long after the book is closed.
Set in France during 1997-ironically European Year Against Racism- a group of neo-Nazi priests plans to stage a terrorist attack. Caught up in this affair is Colette Bataille, used and abused by her dangerous, charismatic lover, Robert Vidal, otherwise known as Father Jean-Baptiste. As she struggles to find her missing son,the diabolical conspiracy of flawed priests unleashes its fiendish plot, and faces us with a terrifying display of 'wolves in lambs' clothing.' The world is suddenly peopled with a cast of repugnant characters who might have stepped out of a Bosch painting--from malevolent nuns, fallen women, and sinister abbots, to mysterious, blind triplets, and the action overtakes us with all the force of a relentless hurricane. This is a haunting, chilling demonstration of the festering power of evil from a master-writer. Read it at your peril!