When the Wood Is Dry: An Edgy Catholic Thriller is the example par excellence of what we are talking about when we talk about Edgy-Catholic Fiction. The story is a kind of classical tragedy based on the stories of virgin martyrs. The work is as edgy as it gets without falling into the abyss, featuring scenes of brutality and violence rarely seen in works containing strong religious content, while avoiding any depictions that might make the violence appealing or enticing. Quests for vengeance result only in the most bitter of consequences and the way of peace through suffering has its reward in the end. This powerful and intriguing story is quintessentially Catholic in perspective, with visions of Jesus and the Blessed Mother throughout the protagonist's journey, a trail that parallels quite openly the way of the cross.
The edgy nature at times seems to overwhelm the Catholic nature and some readers may be turned off by the profane language and violence. But the main character, Lali, is on a spiritual quest as she walks in the footsteps of Christ, which, subjects her to the cruelty of the modern equivalent of a crucifixion. Jesus' admonition in her dream, "Sometimes we must suffer if we are to save souls," echoes in her mind with each step along the path. The thematic content demands a blunt-force treatment that could not be softened without losing its meaning.
If you have the stomach for it and are up to the journey, you will be rewarded in the end, as were the disciples on the third day after Christ's passion. But, it is a hard way through a narrow gate and just what we might expect, now that the wood is dry.
The EBook for Part I: Call of the Innocent is free on Amazon and other sites, so check it out! The EBooks for Parts II: Crucifixion and III: Resurrection, are scheduled to be released on 4/9 and 4/23 respectively. The full book is available in paperback currently from Amazon, as well. The paperback makes a nice Easter gift for any edgy character in your life. But, not for kids...
You can check out Part I: Call of the Innocent at a bunch of different online stores like Barnes & Noble and Kobo at this link: https://books2read.com/u/4EMonM