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The Virtue of Sin

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In many ways, this book felt more like a teenage soap opera than a thriller about a scary cult. Sure there was the corrupt leader. Sure there was the person questioning his behaviour. Sure there were plenty of people happily following along. But, for a group supposedly so god-like, there was a lot of jealousy, back-stabbing, violent behaviour, etc. In fact, the overriding feeling I had regarding one of the main characters that the reader is supposed to consider a good guy was how prone to violence and anger he was. In addition to this odd characteristic, I felt Ms. Schuren leaned too heavily on the now somewhat stale trope of the strong defiant female saving the clan/group/whatever. It was very evident from the very beginning where this story was ending. The journey to get there was interesting and enjoyable but nothing made this story unique or stand-out.