Sacrilege

Sacrilege - S.J. Parris Sacrilege touches base on a world of opposing moral and lawful difficulty in the small town of Canterbury where words of gossip travel faster than the speed of light.

Characters throughout the book are often deadlocked into telling the truth or hiding dark secrets purely out of fear. Each action is associated with a consequence either immediate or delayed and characters have to really weigh up who they choose their battles with.

Trust is a heavy component in Sacrilege. Friends and connections are entwined with enemies and most importantly the final decider, the law. There is always the impending fear that what is spoken will be used against you by either a higher power or some other lurking in the shadows unknowingly watching your every move. A large moral is submerged from the trust issues incorporated in the novel. The book really makes you think thrice about who you let into your life and whether are you willing to sacrifice your life for them.

Power, yet another key element. Sacrilege perfectly conveys how anyone with power can undermine someone who lacks power. You could call this the abuse of power. Unfortunately for the protagonist Bruno, power came down to who he knew and his immediate connections. In a town you've been in for less than a week, your connections are flimsy and you're the vulnerable donkey to get the tail pinned on.

A moral that seeped through Sacrilege was how people will use other people in their own pursuit of power. Characters used other characters and spent their lives willingly as if their lives were disposable. Many murders took place in the small town of Canterbury in the short period of time all to stop a secret from coming out or to stop someone from a higher power from losing their reputation.

After reading Sacrilege for a little while, a perfect picture of the town is painted in your mind and with each occurring event in the novel, your mind maps you to that area in the town that was previously described. In fact, many books don't paint a full picture of a town and the buildings within without there being any holes in my imagination as to where something may be.

Sacrilege is a book that has strong moral implications and makes you more aware as a reader to who you trust and perhaps how much you are willing to trust them. There feels to something that's missing in the book that would make it a bit more whole which maybe the author themselves can mend. Sacrilege can be a tense read at times and definitely worth the time.