Published in 2006 this book is, in a word, mesmerizing. A layered tale of truth and deceit and how they affect relationship. The suspense is enthralling...from the moment Jade staggers out of the jungle until the final resolution, Heitzmann expertly weaves an intriguing mix of clues around a heart-stirring romance. And, oh my, is it ever complicated! She breathes life into her characters. They are realistically flawed, plagued by unique insecurities that motivate their actions for good...or evil. I especially love the depth of connection to God seen in different characters. They don't always get it right but they keep trying. An uplifting and captivating read that I inhaled in one day.
And just because I can totally relate to this line from the book I feel the need to share: "...while he didn't look for God's hand in everything, he paid attention when it slapped him in the face." (p.141)
This is a hard review to write. The only other book I have read by this author was Edge of Recall. I loved that book, so when I read this was a romantic suspense I couldn't wait to read it. Although I think Kristen Heitzmann is an excellent author, I could not get thrilled about this book. The book really only consisted of about 40 pages of suspense. It read more like a soap opera. 5 or 6 weeks in the lives of 10 or so people. I could actually skip 8 pages and not miss a thing. The book was mostly conversation between people and that cannot hold me to a book. It was very east to put down and just pick back up whenever. I wasn't glued to the book. Like I said, she writes well, she just wrote too much in this case.
We all experience them. Mountaintop experiences - those times in our lives when everything is at its peak, everything fits, everything clicks, our faith is at an all-time high. And then, inevitably, it happens. A hard and unexpected blow knocks us from the summit and down we fall, not knowing when we'll land or if we'll come out with faith still alive.
For the mysterious beauty dubbed "Jade," this isn't just a metaphor. Knocked into a state of amnesia at the base of a Hawaiian waterfall, all she can remember is a compelling urge to survive, to follow the life-giving stream of water no matter how treacherous it may seem. But then _ there is another force that compels her, a different source of life-giving water. A need to call out to a Divine Savior whom she senses she somehow knows intimately. In her search to re-discover who she is, will Jade possibly revitalize a strong faith that had begun to fall?
Or is her life, as fraud investigator Cameron Pierce initially suspects, just one big lie? Could she be a con artist who can't remember her last target? Maybe that would explain her aversion to seeking police help _
Yet Cameron's opinion of her seems to shift as steadily as the waves of the sea. And maybe, just maybe, she was sent to bring him out of his own freefall.
This is the first book I've read from Kristen Heitzmann, and I must say, it won't be the last. Her snappy wit and breathtaking descriptions along with a knack at weaving in new plot twists amidst the romance and intrigue will keep you turning pages.