The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The enchanted place exists in the imagination of a death row inmate picturing the stone prison around him as a world of golden racing horses and little men with hammers. He pictures the world as a realm of beautiful places despite where he currently resides. The lady who enters the enchanted place is an investigator for death row inmates on their last appeals. She is digging into the life of inmate York and through her investigation we learn more about her. The priest is a man who has all but left the Catholic Church, but is not ready to give up his faith entirely. He decides to tend to these men for atonement for his sins and for hope at salvation.
This book is yet another one that is already on my top books of the year list. The writing is amazingly lyrical and pulls you into the mind of a killer, one who you begin to empathize with despite your better judgment. You get pulled in to the story wondering why each character chose their path in life and wondering how you would have fared in similar circumstances. The prison, which in my mind resembled Eastern State Penitentiary, is another character with hidden secrets and murky past. Typically I am not a fan of descriptive writing, but this is an exception. Wonderful on audio.