"John's limbs are still stiff with cold. He dreads going out there. He has a sudden horror of finding them all dead or disappeared. The silence is so absolute. ..."
What horrors have come to haunt Father John as he hears confessions on Ash Wednesday? Who is the stranger in the confessional threatening to do "pure evil", and what does this haunting appearance have to do with the traumas of John's past?
As Lent unfolds, John finds himself caught up in events beyond his worst imaginings or fears. Surely, the serial murders of prostitutes have nothing to do with his ordinary parish and his priestly calling?
Or do they? ...
REVIEWS OF THE GOOD PRIEST
I WOULD PLACE THIS BOOK IN THE TOP THREE FICTION BOOKS I HAVE READ
... this absolute masterpiece.. I would place this book in the top three fiction books I have read.
PROBABLY THE BEST BOOK THAT I HAVE READ THIS YEAR
This is probably the best book that I have read this year. I will certainly be looking out for any further books from Tina Beattie.
A MOST COMPELLING READ
... in between all the pacy plotting and crime-thriller narrative, there is some very serious theology and insight into the human mind and condition. 100% recommended.
Mark Dowd, author of
REDEMPTION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
I absolutely loved this book. ... It is a story of redemption of the human spirit and I found it most uplifting. I would definitely recommend this book.
AN OUTSTANDING NOVEL
... an outstanding novel. We should hope that Beattie will carry on writing novels alongside theology.
Ashley Beck, The Pastoral Review
A GRIPPING READ
... if you are interested in murder mysteries, novels with religious characters, and/or books which grapple with moral complexity, I highly recommend this book.
UNPUTDOWNABLE ... BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN
... unputdownable ... a thriller delicately balanced somewhere between Chesterton's Father Brown and Jack the Ripper. ... And it's beautifully written in a simple and engaging style.
I'M NOT SURE WHY SHE'S A CATHOLIC
I was very disappointed with this book ... I'm not sure why she is a Catholic when she seems to dislike the Church so much! Every unpleasant cliche about Catholicism was trotted out and the whole thing ended in ridiculous melodrama.
"Devon Girl", Amazon Reviews
(Can't win 'em all - Tina)