“The characters are vibrant, believable, and relevant to the contemporary world . . . . Lyon’s debut novel is well worth reading. She is a writer to watch for in the future. ” -- ForeWord Clarion Review, Janine Stinson
Though The Marriage of Silence and Sin is set in a sleepy Midwestern town, nothing is sleepy about this cautionary tale. College professor Dicey Carmichael has always had a soft spot for troubled students. Elle Pandion is no exception. Though the girl never speaks of her past, Dicey suspects Elle’s scars run deep. Her fears are confirmed when she learns that Elle has taken her own life. Devastated, Dicey and her best friend, Gale, try to piece together the facts of Elle’s final days. They turn to the artwork she left behind, and the disturbing images they find there lead them to a horrific conclusion. They begin to suspect that Elle died trying to protect someone she loved. As Gale and Dicey peel back layers of truth, their own lives begin to take a sinister turn.
Draped in wit and irony, The Marriage of Silence and Sin is a provocative novel that expertly evokes the work of both Mary Shelley and Jane Austen, intermingling human experience, choice and fate in molding the human condition.