Tony Derrat is also leading two lives. While the life Tony wants to portray to the world is husband and father, Carla’s role as a mother is the life she is trying to hide. Do you think the author created this juxtaposition purposely? What ironies and truths does this discrepancy bring to the story?
When Brandon, the car salesman, appears, how does this change the tone of the story?
Brandon, too, apparently has a past that hasn’t been all pleasant, yet he seems to have pulled out of it. How does this make him different from Carla and Tony? What can Brandon teach those characters—both older than he is—and what can he teach us?
Desperation begins to spread – Carla’s still on the run and Tony is beginning to make more and more mistakes. What are their sources of desperation? How have desperation and fear affected your own decision-making?
The diary finally reveals Carla’s source of pain in her past—and why she questions God. Have you ever questioned God’s intent for your life? What can you do to find answers?
Leslie tells Carla that turning to God is like turning on a light in a dark room. You’re still in the room, but now you have light to help guide you. What do you think about this statement? Can you point to Bible verses that reference God as a light to guide our paths?
When Tanya finally confesses, she also questions God—why didn’t He do something to stop the horrible event from happening? Leslie reacts with the thought, “Maybe He did, Tanya—maybe He put you there so you could stand up for the truth.” Do you think that sometimes when we blame God, it is really ourselves who are to blame? Any examples from your own life?
Carla finally strives for light in her life. As she unravels the lies of her past, she begins to reconcile with God. Will forgiveness still elude her though she now lives for the truth? Or has Carla received all the forgiveness she needs?
After you finished the novel did the three quotes in the beginning about “the past” hold more meaning for you?
What does Crimson Eve tell us about our past and God? What truth did you glean from this book that you can use in your own life?