Wow, this was one of those books that I couldn’t put down once I started it! It was really that good! The story is told from two perspectives: one that of a young priest, who never expected that one evening a chance would present itself to save a young girl’s life; and a young girl, who found herself sitting in a parking lot in an unfamiliar church with her baby in her arms and thinking about ending her life simply because she saw no other way out.
Abby’s household is deeply religious, more resembling a sect to be truthful. A strong patriarch of the family, Abby’s father, doesn’t think twice about using his belt whenever his daughters dare to defy his authority. Abby’s mother seems to worry more about setting the table on time and attending yet another religious meeting that about her own children’s well-being. The atmosphere in the house was the most depressing as it is; so when Abby announced the news that she got pregnant during the only time that she’d been with a boy the family goes ballistic.
I won’t reveal all the details of the plot but the main idea – the perverted views on Christianity that are unfortunately very much alive today – is dominant throughout this highly compelling narration. Desperation, feeling of inevitability, mistrust, hatred towards the closest people who attack instead of protecting their own child is palpable in every chapter. I got so emotionally attached to Abby that I rooted for her plight to end from page one. This story is so relevant today that it really is a must-read. Highly recommended!