MYSTERY

The Prodigal Daughter

Soho Crime. (Linda Wallheim, Bk. 5). May 2021. 264p. ISBN 9781641292450. $27.95. M
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Once again, Kurt and Linda Wallheim are in couples therapy. Kurt is a bishop in their ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but Linda is questioning the male-dominated Church, which she believes has no role for women once their children are raised. She welcomes the chance to escape after their latest therapy session when their son Joseph calls and asks for her help to find the missing 15-year-old babysitter Sabrina Jensen. When they question Sabrina’s parents, Linda senses something wrong. Friends tell her that Sabrina was gang-raped by eight boys, several of whom come from highly placed local Latter-day Saints families. Then Linda finds Sabrina, who has run away, staying with a group of homeless teens, and begs her to stay at her house until they can find help. But Sabrina learned early what Linda is just discovering: There won’t be any justice from the men who rule the church. Instead, Sabrina and a friend take matters into their own hands.
VERDICT Harrison follows Not of This Fold with a believable story about teen runaways, violence, sexual assault, and her ongoing examination of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While the ending might not satisfy some readers, it is realistic. Readers of Betty Webb’s books may want to try this series.
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