From the opening pages, we enter the strange, yet curious world of Anna, a young mother who hears voices that nobody else hears…but that stop once her infant daughter Lena starts speaking.
Her cold and sociopathic husband Ned is frightening, and I was so happy that she ran away with Lena, from Alaska to an out-of-the-way motel in Maine.
The motel is fascinating, in that the more or less fulltime residents seem to have been drawn there. By something they all have in common. The motel owner, Don, is like a guru. Or could he be a protector?
When Ned tracks Anna down, he has a very specific purpose in mind: he is running for political office, and wants Anna and Lena to show up for photo ops, etc. But there is something even more sinister going on with Ned, as Anna soon finds out.
Can Anna escape Ned’s grasp? How can she create a new life, free of him, when everything seems to suggest that he and his backers are conspiring to keep her in her place? Is she truly in danger, or is she paranoid?
Sweet Lamb of Heaven was a beautifully written story that kept drawing me in, and then turning me around. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, something new would blindside me. It could be a tale of spiritual mysticism, the abuse of power, and mind control. Or there might be more beneath the surface. What final act must Anna take to free herself from Ned? A five star read.