Brilliant. Loved it.
I’d never heard of Francis Schlatter before reading this book, so I went in completely blind with the exception of the brief description on NetGalley. I was expecting this book to be half biography, half murder mystery. I was way off base. It was WAY better than that. I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone as I think it’s nice to go in blind, but I’ll just say that Francis’ story is all over the map (almost, literally). He was a fascinating character and I really appreciated how Wetzel portrayed him. Often authors seem to go into writing books with an agenda. I didn’t feel like Wetzel had any agenda in this book other than to tell Schlatter’s story as best as anyone can. There was no mocking tone in regard to Schlatter himself or his followers, and in the same respect, there was no idolatry either. I really appreciated that. It seems rarer and rarer in non-fiction these days.
I love that Wetzel included little extras, such as photographs and illustrations as well as a timeline in the back to help you keep on track.
I’d recommend this to any lover of non-fiction.
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**