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on 11 February 2017
A young man arrives in a small American town and starts doing miracles... the churches are divided in how they view him. Cleverly written with several subplots unrolling, mild humour in places, and a somewhat ironical look at some of the extreme types of church.
However, although I rated this five stars after the first time I read it in 2001, I find myself recoiling somewhat after re-reading 16 years later. The writing is good (although the viewpoint switches and the sheer number of characters left me a little confused at times) but the final revelations and some of the climactic events towards the end were sordid and did not make pleasant reading at all.
I had completely forgotten the storyline and the outcome. The mild suspense in the earlier part of the book works well, but I didn't enjoy the last few chapters at all. However I'm not a fan of thrillers in general; those who enjoy them, and don't mind some violence may well enjoy it more than I did.