The Law of Moses was an unusual read. This is going to be a challenging review to write because I don’t wish to give away too much information to the reader. If you’ve read the synopsis, you’re not exactly sure what to expect. I was intrigued, but I was uncertain as to what kind of ride I’d be in for. I knew it would be a heavy read but not much else.
The story centers around Georgia Shepherd and Moses Wright. Georgia is your typical teen in small town Utah with dreams of being a badass on the rodeo circuit. She loves horses and assists her parents with their equine therapy business. She lives next door to Moses Wright and his great-grandmother, Kathleen, also referred to as Gi or GG. Moses is an outcast in their small Utah town. His life has always been fodder for local gossip. He was an abandoned crack baby and that fact has always overshadowed his existence. Because his mother was on drugs, people in the town had preconceived notions about Moses’ mother, which caused him to keep to himself. Outside of his great-grandmother, his relatives want nothing to do with him. Kathleen is his rock and she is the only person that Moses cares about and loves.
Georgia is drawn to Moses because he’s an outcast. She finds him fascinating and she wants to know more about the loner. He keeps her at arms-length, but that doesn’t stop Georgia from pursuing Moses. Most of the talk surrounding Moses focuses on his uncanny ability to have insight into things involving dead people. He and Georgia bond over a tribute he offers in reference to one of her deceased relatives. From then on, Georgia wants to know any and everything about Moses.
The story starts off a bit slow but steadily gains momentum. I started reading it in late January, and I had to put it aside for a bit. I knew it was going to be a heavy read based on the talk I’d witnessed in various book forums but, I came back to it, and I’m so very glad I did. Ms. Harmon has come up with a unique tale that surpasses anything I’ve read in any genre as of late. I chuckled, and I cried heartily. There’s so much that I’m leaving out, but I highly recommend this story to any and everyone. The prose is magical, and the relationship that Georgia and Moses endure is certainly one I think many readers will relate to. We’ve all been in a predicament where you try and spare the one you love by walking away because you don’t want to see them hurting. Moses walks away from Georgia due to a tragedy, but he also reunites with her years later due to a tragedy. Tragedy separates and unites the lovers. Ms. Harmon has done a spectacular job with this tale. My suggestion to those who decide to take the journey, stock up on your Kleenex. An ugly cry will happen at some point.
-Reviewed by Natalie