The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson
An anonymous letter is received at the Vatican containing accusations against a priest/teacher at a school in Iceland. A French nun is sent to investigate because of her knowledge of Icelandic. While in Iceland she confronts, and comes to peace with, her past.
The novel is very atmospheric and I liked that the contents of the letter are never directly stated, only vaguely alluded to in the novel. The recent scandals in the news of course lead our minds in a certain direction.
I’ve never understood when other readers tell me they can’t follow a book because the timelines keep jumping around. I finally understand how frustrating being “lost in time” can be. You want to read and enjoy a book but can’t because you are constantly trying to figure out “when” you are. There were things in the book that weren’t making sense to me and it wasn’t until I was almost finished with the novel that I figured out that there were THREE storylines not just two. The nun had been in Iceland twice, once a decade before and again in the present, but I didn’t realize that and thought it was all one time period. Maybe my experience is unique, but in case it isn’t, I would recommend skipping this one.