Blue Hen, Feb 2002, 23.95, 240 pp.
As the daughter of the Governor of Louisiana one would think that Grayson had everything. However, she is reeling from the shock of her mother's apparent suicide and her father's reaction of the death. Governor Guillory immediately cremates his spouse. Not long afterward, he remarries his sister-in-law knowing he needs a stable steady wife for his bid to gain the White House. Meanwhile Grayson remains grieving her mom's death, but as her mind clears she begins to wonder if her father had her mother murdered.
As Grayson relooks what she knows about that terrible night, she contemplates whether she is insane having inherited her mother's mental problems or is she the daughter of a matricide killer. Grayson concludes with a strong certainty that her father is capable of removing a wife by homicide that would derail his presidency run. Still she questions her paranoia speculating the role her husband played in the death of her mother and whether the two males will remove her too if she makes waves that threaten to flood the presidential run.
As Blue Hen advertises, SACRAMENT OF LIES modernizes Hamlet with a gender-changing lead role. The story line is superb due to Grayson with her doubts about her mind and the men in her life. This serves to make her plight feel real, while leaving the audience to speculate on the truth. Fans of taut psychological thrillers will fully relish her quandary and want to read more tales by Elizabeth Dewberry.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner