Fallen by Matthew Raley
Jim, the church chairman, sees his pastor, Dave, get out of a car with a woman who is not his wife. As Jim wades into the water with his confrontation of Dave’s actions he soon finds himself in the deep end of a scandal that changes from bad to worse.
Raley’s debut novel doesn’t withhold it’s grip until the last page. In a setting that’s all too familiar for churches with a pastor who deceives and controls to the breaking point, Fallen is a forceful novel about the wolf among the flock, about the disastrous effects of sin, and about God’s formation through struggles.