The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
“If you don’t love, then nobody gets hurt. It’s easy to leave. It’s easy to lose. It’s easy to let go.”
I may be in the minority on this one. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I will say that as always, Amy Harmon is a terrific writer. Some parts of this just didn’t sit well with me.
“There are laws. There are rules. And when you break them, there are consequences. Laws of nature and laws of life. Laws of love and laws of death.”
This is my fourth Amy Harmon book to date, and I have to say I prefer her earlier books to her newer ones. My all time favorite book by her was A Different Blue, and Running Barefoot runs a close second. The Law of Moses just wasn’t the book for me. So for this review, I’m going to break down what I liked, and what I didn’t like.
What I Liked:
-5 Grateful for concepts: I have to say, most people take everyday things for granted, so Ms. Harmon did a wonderful job reminding the reader to appreciate what we have. I liked that this theory kept the characters on track with their lives.
-I stated it before, but Amy Harmon is a beautiful writer, and this book was written wonderfully.
-There were no excess side plots. For example, in A Different Blue there was much emphasis on Joan of Arc, Making Faces had the Greek Gods if I remember correctly, and they just took up too much of the story. While there were religious tones in this book, it wasn’t in excess and I am very grateful for that.
****BEWARE SPOILERS BELOW!!! DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILERED!!!****
What I didn’t like:
-I felt absolutely no romantic connection between Moses and Georgia in the beginning of the book. They randomly have sex, even though Moses is constantly being a jerk and pushing away Georgia (for reasons that don’t measure up in my opinion), and then when they get back together at the end, it felt like he was tricked into going back to her.
-Mystery Plot: I felt that one of the most interesting parts of the books with the missing girls was placed on the backburner until the very end. And then it was suddenly like, “omg! This dude murdered these girls and he’s ANGRY!!!”. I think more could have been put into it.
-Dead child: When I learned how Eli died, that killed any love I might have had for this book. Too depressing and I can’t stand when a child is killed for plot development, in books or movies/tv. That hit a really hard limit for me in my reading opinions.
Sidenote: The paranormal plot didn’t bother me as much as it did other people, but it was a wee bit confusing trying to determine if Moses was crazy or not. But, I thought it was a super cool concept that he could communicate with the dead. It’d be awesome if someone really could do what Moses did.
“Time softens memories, sanding down the rough edges of death.”
Overall a decent read, but because of my personal preferences it was not the book for me. I do recommend that Amy Harmon fans read this book as I think they’ll enjoy it very much.