Saturday, July 10, 2021
The Prodigal Daughter
Disillusionment. The tone of the fifth installment of the Linda Wallheim Mystery Series by Mette Ivie Harrison turns dark. In the novel titled, The Prodigal Daughter, Linda and her Mormon bishop husband, Kurt, have started marriage counseling because with their five sons out of the house, and a bunch of other changes, they are going through a rough patch. Thanks to son Joseph’s request for Linda to find a missing babysitter named Sabrina, Linda gets out of the house, but she retains her disillusionment with her life and with the church. After she finds the missing girl, she learns that Sabrina had been gang raped by a group of good Mormon boys. Linda’s darkness grows deeper as she grapples with the likelihood that justice will not prevail. Harrison presents a more complicated Linda in this novel, and she has become more real and interesting as a result. Fans of the series may feel bummed with the turn in Linda’s life, but hope that the next installment will move in a direction that pulls Linda out of the darkness. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Prodigal Daughter from amazon.com.