Book Review: You Are One of Them


Some writers have this wondrous, chilling knack of painting word pictures that
are just SO FASCINATING. I think Elliott Holt does it about as well as Stephen
King, and this very readable adventure is punctuated with such spot-on
observations and bits of word play. The Russia sequences ring so true (I visited
there in 1994 as part of a mission trip); she describes the bleak underworld,
the decrepit infrastructure, and most of all, the hopeless dysfunction of so
many people living in post-Communist Russia. When I was there, people literally
hadn’t heard “Silent Night” in 700 years. Beautiful women sit on the subway and
it looks like the light has gone out of their lives. Back to this intriguing
book which has a mystery line that isn’t particular huge, but definitely keeps
the reader going right to the last page. Bits of frank sexual talk and harsh
language, but that is minimal in comparison to the overall poetic beauty of her
story. If this is a first novel . . . wow. More great stuff to come, I have no

About David B. Smith

I'm a math professor at San Bernardino Valley College - awesome place! - and author of adult Christian fiction. Lisa and I have two grown daughters and four grandkids.
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