The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sigh. Not only do we have two POVs, we have two different types: one first person, one third. It's not just adjusting to the new person, it's adjusting to a different writing. Sigh. And, of course, when you're writing in the first person, the first trick should be to make the characters sound different - not the case here. Mercy's voice is too sophisticated, to writerly, much better suited for a third person voice than first. Illa's makes sense the way she's written, but not Mercy.
So, the plot. There are a few competing hooks: the basketball focus, the Bible-belt Purity Ball and church life, the town's decline, the refinery's affect on the environment and, finally, mother-daughter dynamics for both Illa and Mercy. Add in a tinge of Cajun folktales and this is quite the jam-packed book. At times I wished for just a little less range.
ARC provided by publisher.