Thursday, September 12, 2013
Splits in the Skin by John Tucker review
Ellis Hardigree is a bounty hunter on the trail of Moses Bailey, the leader of a religious community called New Eden, located outside of Tunnel Hill, Georgia. New Eden was founded by Bailey’s and only Bailey’s could live there. Well, you’re probably wondering how the community grew if it was only made up of Bailey’s. The Bailey’s followed the Old Testament and a letter their ancestors received from God. They believed that twins should marry each other and children as young as 11 should participate in the covenant (sex). They were also very protective of their community, going so far as to murder intruders.
I enjoyed this book. I found it fascinating to get the viewpoints of multiple characters, and to see the workings of a religious cult. How the Bailey's interpreted the "letter from God" amazed me, I certainly didn't get what they got out of it. I couldn’t believe how the residents of Tunnel Hill ignored the situation at New Eden and seemed to protect New Eden by warning away outsiders. Overall, this was another amazing story by John Tucker. You do need to have an open mind and, if you’re easily offended, this book is not for you. I’ll leave you with one last thought. It's only taboo because it's someone else, if they were your beliefs they wouldn't be taboo.
Reviewed by Tracy
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