Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard

"Never Let Go" by Elizabeth Goddard is the first in the Uncommon Justice series.  The story is about Willow Anderson a forensic genealogist who decides to finish the job her grandfather's death left behind which is the case of a woman who was kidnapped as a newborn from her mother.  And of course, it has the standard stereotypical romance of the main character and old flame, in this case, one named Austin McKade.  The first couple chapters were pretty good then it got confusing in the middle and really got confusing right near the end.  I am still not completely sure of the ending but the story might be more clear in the next book.  The story had potential but why can't Chrisitan mystery authors just leave the romance section out.  That was what was the main issue I had with this story is it was just like what seems like every other Christian mystery where good potential story but the main character are either newly met soon to be couple or a former couple who now thanks to this mystery will get back together (no I am not giving anything way its the normal of these style of books).  I will recommend if that is what you are looking for me I just want a good mystery with no romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

American Omens by Travis Thrasher

"American Omens" by Travis Thrasher is Christian American dystopian novel about the year 2038 where Christianity and free thought is now against the law.  The main character is Cheyenne Burne a intelligent programmer who ends up working with a group of believers.  A group of high profile believers are hiding and following a leader they call the Reckoner.    This book is fiction novel on what the author thinks is going to happen to America without saying that.   It is an interesting story about what American Christians may think is coming down the pipeline the belief that Christianity is going to be illegal.  What is interesting to me on that thought is that yes that prospect might be scary as an American but why the scriptures say we will not be liked for far too long Christianity has been the popular thing which has been bad for the gospel as it has become easy believism. This book I know is going to be a first in a series just by the way it is wrote. It seems to me to be a more modern version with similarities of the Left Behind series.  As of this book it's main focus is on American Christianity and I hope the author will write in the next books more about the faith of others in this world not just us Americans.  I will recommend this book as it is an ok dystopian novel but with the hope the next book will be better and more world focused.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah publisher.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Serial Killers Daughter by Kerri Rawson

"A Serial Killer's Daughter" by Kerri Rawson is the story of Kerri, not just her dad who is the convicted BTK killer.    Before you throw this book out saying oh she is just trying to make her dad look no that is not it at all.  She is sharing how she grew up with a man as a dad that she had no idea led a behind the scenes life of being a serial killer. It does start out with her giving some history of her dad's life before he married her mom and their life together before she was born.  But most of the book is about her life with her dad and how she thought he was a normal dad.  I chose to read this book because we have a tendency as a society that serial killers also create victims of their family.  What do I mean by that well their families think everything is normal and that serial killers are someone else.  They have hopes and dreams of a normal life and the serial killer especially when they are caught have killed their hopes and dreams.  She writes on how she was broken by her dad's arrest and how she did at first did not think it could be true.  But over time she had to come to terms with how her dad is a psychopath and that she was also a victim.  She never glorifies her dad she just talks about him like he was any other dad but she does realize as the years go on past his arrest that he was emotionally abusive to her family and that was a hard pill to swallow.  I liked this book as she focuses on her faith helping thru things and it was a reminder to me not to treat the families or friends of serial killers horrible as most of the time they had no idea and they are victims of the killer themselves.  I highly recommend this book especially since we never truly know every person in our lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Light From Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

"Light from Distant Stars" by Shawn Smucker is a novel about Cohen Marah in the present and in his past.  We see Cohen coming to...