-Reviewed by Scott Asher of AshertopiA
When Susan walks into the Crossroads Crisis Center looking like a dead woman the mystery is on. And it doesn’t stop until the final pages!
Susan was abducted and beaten, but other than that she doesn’t remember anything from her past – not even her name. When she sees a portrait of Susan Brandt on the wall at Crossroads Crisis Center she can’t help but realize that she looks just like the dead woman. She even has a cross necklace that looks just like the one in the picture.
Benjamin Brandt, the owner of the crisis center, hasn’t entered the building since his wife & son’s death. But when the woman calling herself Susan, looking like her and wearing her necklace goes in he has to follow. Soon they find themselves at the center of a far larger plight than they could imagine.
Fans of Vicki Hinze’s romance and thriller novels will love her first foray into Christian fiction. What begins with mystery moves quickly into a thriller worthy of readers’ attention.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the non-Christian sensibilities that were brought to the Christian medium. Too often in Christian fiction thrills are muted, mystery is easily resolved and a G rating is firmly stamped from page one. I liked that characters died – and not just bad guys. I liked that characters were genuinely evil, that they thought like real people; they weren’t easy caricatures. I liked that drugs, alcohol, sex and more played a part in the story. In short, I liked the gritty realism brought to the genre by Ms. Hinze that is all too often missing from other so-called Christian thrillers. And all the while, real faith shines through.
Decidedly PG-13, I loved this book. Highly recommended for believers and non-believers.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.