TW (for the book, not the review): This book contains detailed accounts of beatings and child abuse.
It is very interesting to read this account of Phelp's origins. The church seem to have gained notoriety with their protests at soldier's funerals but that man has always been cruel and terrible. What his sons say about his treatment of the family is shocking. It's abuse, pure and simple. He has terrorized his family and now those who stayed are terrorizing others.
The report is quite easy to read, though at some points I found the timeline a bit confusing and the style could get too attached to a metaphore or a label-for-the-chapter, which I found a bit annoying but it was easily overlooked. I wonder if the authour tried to insert some levity into such a horrific story.