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Sineater

Narrated by: Joe Geoffrey
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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According to legend, the sineater is a dark and mysterious figure of the night, condemned to live alone in the woods. He may come out only when a death in the community occurs. As the mourners turn their backs in fear, the sineater devours food from the chests of the dead, thereby absorbing the sins of the departed and freeing the soul to enter heaven. Yet in a small mountain town, the order has been broken. The sineater has a family of his own, even though they must avert their gaze on the rare occasions he visits them. With the violated taboo comes a rash of horrifying events. But does the evil emanate from the sineater, his family, or from an even darker force?

©2010 Elizabeth Massie (P)2010 CrossRoad Press

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Slow, but satisfying.

This book is a bit slow, as the author takes a little too long and invests a lot of detail in developing the plot, but it's worth it in the end.

It really nails the environment of a small Appalachian town, the clash of economic classes and religious sects old and new, and most importantly, it really shines a light on how Sin Eaters really were social pariah and how their communities treated them and their kin.

The characters are rich, the world building is expansive and true to form, and the narrator has a smooth, soothing cadence to his voice that made this an enjoyable read.