The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuren
🦋Would you blindly follow?
🦋Would you do whatever the leader asks?
🦋Would you go against your own heart?
🦋Would you perpetrate a lie for the betterment of the community?
🦋Now ask yourself, why would someone answer yes to these?
🦋Daniel is the leader of New Jerusalem, a religious community practically cut off from the outside world. Members of the community are expected to adhere to his strict rules, rules that prevent boys and girls from speaking to each other or having contact, rules requiring dream journals, rules meant to discourage independent thought. Unfortunately for Daniel, some independent thought and ideas are about to make their way into New Jerusalem, beginning with the Marriage Cave.
🦋Shannon Schuren has me hooked within the first chapter, and she never let go. I love the way the story is told, switching between Caleb and Miriam as narrators. Her character development is incredibly deep—Aaron is my favorite—often leaving me with the desire to “knock some sense” into them because I wanted better for them. The story itself is brilliant, a true page-turner, that did not disappoint.
🦋If you like anything having to do with cults and reprogramming, or just a thrilling, fast-paced but satisfying book, be sure to grab a copy of The Virtue of Sin of June 25th!
🦋Thank you to Philomel Books and Penguin Random House, Shannon Schuren, and BookishFirst for an Advanced Readers Copy of The Virtue of Sin for an honest review.