I read Mary DeMuth’s final book, Life in Defiance, in the Defiance Texas Trilogy in under 24 hours. It is a murder mystery, and about 10 times throughout the series, I was sure of “who done it”. The story line was very compelling, causing me to really immerse myself into the environment of Defiance.
Set against the backdrop of Defiance, Texas, book three reflects a choice we all face: reveal our secrets or bury them forever … and live with the consequences. .
What I really liked about this final book was that the struggles Ouisie Pepper dealt with are ones we all face. I identified with this Pastor’s wife on many levels. I am also a Pastor’s wife. My husband doesn’t beat me up, (he beats me at Rock Band, but that’s about it) but thinking I need to “maintain an image for the good of all” is something I deal with all the time. I am constantly reminding myself to be myself and not worry about what people think about my words and choices.
I love that Mary knows how to piece a story together, weaving mystery and intrigue with deep life lessons that challenge my soul. It’s a great read, and I highly recommend the series to anyone who loves a great story and has the courage to face the secrets buried in their own life.
From the cover:
In a town she personifies, Ouisie Pepper wrestles with her own defiance. Desperate to become the wife and mother her husband Hap demands, Ouisie pours over a simple book about womanhood, constantly falling short, but determined to improve. Through all that self-improvement, Ouisie carries a terrible secret: she knows who killed Daisy Chance. As her children inch closer to uncovering the killer’s identity and Hap’s rages roar louder and become increasingly violent, Ouisie has to make a decision. Will she protect her children by telling her secret? Or will Hap’s violence silence them all?