Date Published: October 14, 2017
A devout Christian family faces threats, stalkings, kidnappings, and even murder when they attempt to help a man formerly accused, but never found guilty of committing terrible acts. The Russells refuse to allow intimidation to stop them from standing up for what they believe in. They must rely on God to keep their family safe.
My Musings :
From the cover and the blurb, I mistakenly understood it to be more of a thriller than a mystery book. I was thinking it would be lots of suspense and killer-y kind of book. Oh boy was I ever so wrong!
When I started the book, as soon as I realised that it was not in the vein of what I was thinking, it fell a little bit flat. I believe I was disappointed and it leaked into my reading. But as I progressed in my reading, though I wasn't totally immersed in it, it felt interesting to follow the Russell family and see how it all plays out.
The author has written a story which was easy to read inspite of something feeling out of place in the beginning. It was fast paced in the view of incidents and they just kept piling on. There were few instances which had me laughing as with Collin's shoe fetish and Brock's high language and Nicky's overly cheery attitude.
The characters felt out of balance with their actions at times. The good part was their faith and I felt this story was a good one to experience the power of God. At the same time, it highlights the hypocrisy of people in general. There are a few lessons to be learnt inspite of the tale being a mystery fiction.
The ending felt unbelievable and I wasn't totally okay with it. Inspite of the shortcomings, I liked the book,its surprisingly easy flow and the whole mystery resolution to check out the other books by the author.
I received a copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.
My rating : 3.5/5
My reread factor : 2.5/5
About the Author
JR Thompson was born and raised in the outskirts of Charleston, WV. He, and his lovely wife, Hannah, now reside in a small ghost town in Montana. In addition to being an author, Thompson also keeps himself busy as the assistant pastor, youth director, and music director for a local church.