This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.
About the book: THEIR ELUSIVE ENEMIES TOOK EVERYTHING. NOW THEY WANT MORE. Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family. Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace. The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?
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About the author:
Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, three nonfiction books, and hundreds of articles. Selected for Who’s Who in America in 2004 as a writer and educator, Hinze is active in Romance Writers of America and serves as a Vice President on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. Vicki lives in Florida with her artist husband, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Visit Vicki's website to learn more about Vicki’s books, blogs, and writing programs.
While this book was very heavy on action-packed intrigue and suspense, it didn't draw me in like I thought it would. I'd hoped (based on the recommendations inside the cover) that this would be a can't-put-it-down book, but I found myself lost after the first chapter and I never found my way back. At one point in the book I was confused with a conversation between two or three people. I read it over several times until I finally surmised that the conversation was between two people and that one character just kept calling the other one by his first name and then his last name (this had not been revealed earlier, unless I missed it). The over abundance of characters and names in this book (including the main female) was confusing and the romance seemed to be thrown in at the end as an afterthought.
I applaud the author for taking the jump from mainstream fiction into Christian fiction. If you like books that you really have to concentrate on then this may be a good read for you.