Book Review of
The Undoing of St. Silvanus
Exciting fiction premiere from beloved New York Times bestselling author Beth Moore. Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It’s not like they were close. She hadn’t seen him or her grandmother, the ice queen in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother’s apartment house, called and said Jillian’s expenses would be paid if she’d fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist. What Adella didn’t tell her was that the apartment house wasn’t a house at all and, whatever it was, bore the dead weight of a long and painful history. As soon as Jillian meets the odd assortment of renters and realizes that her grandmother had no idea she was coming, she hatches a plan to escape. But the investigation into her father s death quickly unfolds and Jillian is drawn into the lives of the colorful collection of saints and sinners who pass through Saint Silvanus. She soon discovers there is more at stake than she ever imagined. Who is behind the baffling messages and the strange relics left on the steps? Is it possible that her family is actually cursed? Or is it just this crazy old house that holds them all under its spell? Jillian walks into a web of spiritual and personal danger borne out of her family s broken history, and despite Adella s wiliest efforts, only God himself can orchestrate the undoing of all that is going on at Saint Silvanus.
I enjoyed this debut novel of Beth Moore. It was well written and fun to read a Christian mystery set in modern times. The characters were well developed and there was some humor mixed in with a serious story. There was a few parts of the book that seem weird and out of place, but by the end of the book it all made sense. I did feel like this was one of those books that ends quickly in a neat little package, but that seems to be the case with most Christian fiction. So although I really enjoyed it, the neatly packaged ending made the story somewhat unrealistic. If you love Christian fiction though, I think you will love this book.