All Fall Down
By Megan Hart
(Mira, Paperback, 9780778313069, 400pp.)
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In the midst of a chaotic midnight assembly, Sunshine is forced outside into the darkness. Holding a scrap of paper scrawled with a stranger's name and address, Sunny grasps the hands of her three small children and begins her escape.
Liesel Albright has dreamed of starting a family. She never bargained on inheriting one already in progress or one so deeply damaged. When nineteen-year-old Sunshine appears on the Albrights' doorstep claiming Liesel's husband, Chris, is her father, all they can think to offer is temporary shelter. The next day, they're stunned by the news that the Family of Superior Bliss, led by a charismatic zealot, has committed mass suicide. Sunny and her children haven't just left the compoundthey've been left behind.
Now, instead of a baby of her own, Liesel must play mother to the four survivors, while Chris retreats into guilt and denial. For Sunny, however, a lifetime of teachings is not easily unlearned. No matter how hard she tries to forget, an ominous catechism echoes in her mind, urging her to finish what the Family started.
"Hart plunges into the mainstream fiction genre with this haunting, devastating, heart-wrenching tale. She masterfully weaves every off-hand mention of a seemingly incidental detail, every potentially eyebrow-raising plot point together in service to her story and the resulting dramatic climax, which then becomes believable, thanks to Hart's skill. This story will stay with you long after you reach the last page."-Romantic Times Book Reviews on Precious and Fragile Things