Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Memes: The Bishop's Wife

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

In the predominantly Mormon city of Draper, Utah, some seemingly perfect families have deadly secrets.

Linda Wallheim is a devout Mormon, the mother of five boys and the wife of a bishop. But Linda is increasingly troubled by her church’s structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in her ward. One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie’s husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family, but Linda doesn’t trust him. As Linda snoops in the Helm family’s circumstances, she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as a wronged husband.

Linda’s husband asks her not to get involved in the unfolding family saga. But Linda has become obsessed with Carrie’s fate, and with the well-being of her vulnerable young daughter. She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth. Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong?

Inspired by a chilling true crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop’s Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery.


Mormon bishop’s wife isn’t an official calling. “Bishop’s wife” isn’t a position listed on ward documents; there’s no ceremonial laying-on of hands or pronounced blessings from on high. But if the bishop is the father of the ward, the bishop’s wife is the mother, and that meant there were five hundred people who were under my care. I was used to the phone calls in the middle of the night, to the doorbell ringing far too late and far too early. I was used to being looked past, because I was never the person that they were there to see.

This morning at the six thrity doorbell, I shook Kurt. “They be wanting the bishop”, I said. I was already out of bed and putting on my robe.

My Teaser

    It was while I was washing my hands that I saw Gwen Ferris step into the bathroom and slip into the first stall. She was red-faced and I could hear her breathing heavily through the stall door.
page 64

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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  1. This sounds pretty interesting... I'd keep reading. Hope you like it!

  2. Yes, this is one I would pick up. I like the cover and there is something about the title that rang funny to my ear. As soon as I read disappeared, I knew it wasn't good.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  3. Sounds interesting! Always interesting to see how people view Mormon culture.

    My teaser this week is from a mid-grade/young adult historical fiction set in Biblical times: http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-lamp-of-darkness/

  4. I want to read this one...and have a copy. Enjoy!

    My post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/02/first-chapter-first-paragraph-93.html

  5. I spotted this one recently and added it to my wish list. I hope you are enjoying it.

    My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/10/teaser-tuesdays-101-night-carnival/

  6. I have been hearing a bit about this book and think I even read a post about an author event that Mette did. I'll be interested in your reactions to it. Keeping it in mind.

  7. I have this one but have not got to it yet.

  8. Oh, you have piqued my curiosity! This one sounds really good...thanks for sharing and enjoy. Here's mine: “ONE PLUS ONE”

  9. I wanted to love this one, but the thriller portion didn't do it for me. Had a good start, but then lost momentum. I did enjoy the portrayal of what its like to live in a Mormon community.

  10. This sounds like a book I would really like. Secrets and possibly a murder . . . I hope you enjoy it!

  11. The first paragraph was interesting. It was the teaser that really made me curious. Somethings going on here. I'd keep reading.

  12. Not sure I'd read this one, yet I am intrigued by the intro. enjoy Kim

  13. Hmmm . . . I liked the beginning and the teaser, but the blurb makes me want to say no. Sounds to close to a famous Utah case that has never been solved. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

  14. Good tease - sounds like a good book.

    Here's mine: http://awrenfro.com/2015/02/10/teaser-tuesday-the-shining-by-stephen-king-part-2/