Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann is enthralling. As soon as I turned the first page, I knew I was going to have a hard time putting this one down! We are immediately introduced to Jonah, Tia, and Piper and want to learn more about how their lives intertwine. Along the way we meet other characters that take us deeper into the lives of these people and we long for resolution.
Mrs. Heitzmann did a wonderful job of building the characters and keeping several plots going without it being confusing or overwhelming for the reader. You really see how lives are joined together even when you try to separate them. It brings heartache. It brings joy. We are reminded how we are to share the joys, we are to share the heartaches. We are reminded to make Christ the center.
Author, Kristen Heitzmann has written another incredible book. This book was one of the hardest books to put down. Police Chief Jonah Westfall has experienced the dark side of his life battling alcholism. In his town he continues to battle the dark side in gruesome act investigations. Seeking to unmask the perpetrator before the crime escalates and destroys the tranquility of his small mountain town, Jonah fights for answers. Besides Jonah's never-ending conflicts with his childhood friend, Tia Manning whom he has more than a passing history, he has another women in town that is passionate to have all of his attention. But Jonah can't penetrate every wound or secret, especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness. Kristen Heitzmann has written a spellbinding tale of severed connections and the consequences of lfe lived alone. This book was not a disappointment to read.
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It is definitely in the category of suspense! From the very beginning, action keeps the reader's attention. One tense moment leads to the next. Character development is outstanding. Although there are many characters, each one is distinct. None of them are passive in that they all change throughout the story. Without spoiling it, I can say that Jonah, Miles, Piper, Tia, and the secondary characters each have pivotal moments throughout the story. More than one plot speeds the action along. It's like reading several mini stories all interwoven into one.
Kristen's phraseology is amazing. "The breeze titillated the trembly aspen and bore the scent of golden banner and Queen Anne's lace." She uses words to describe scenes, emotions, actions in a way that is different and unique.
I expected a Christian novel. What I found is a smattering of Christian philosophy and truths scattered throughout what could otherwise be considered a secular novel. Much emphasis is placed on women throwing themselves at Jonah. References and even flat-out statements regarding sensuality don't seem to fit the genre. Although no actual foul language is used, more than once a character swears. Whether this is true to life or not, the purpose of a Christian book should be to encourage the reader to aspire to living a more godly life.
The story stirs up the emotions. Getting involved with the problems in each character's past draws the reader into the emotional aspect of the story. What I found difficult is that there were few places a reader could recuperate emotionally to prepare for the next problem. The characters constantly faced one dilemma after another. If one character dealt with a problem, the next character had a worse problem to deal with.
Part of the ending is unexpected. Another part of it I guessed about a fourth of the way through the book. I'm not sure if the last chapter is supposed to leave the reader with a feeling of contentment since the one plot throughout the story is resolved. However I don't know how to take the last line of the book. Maybe it was meant to leave the reader unsettled. Maybe I'm just missing the meaning.
Overall, I would recommend this book to most people, but I won't be putting it in my classroom library for my high school students to read.
As Police Chief Jonah Westfall tries to find answers about his past, and is fighting to stay sober after six years of sobriety, he is dealing with gruesome problems as the chief of police. He just can't figure out why someone would mutilate a pair of raccoons, and later cats, cutting off limbs and sewing the two together where the limbs were cut. And then there is Tia Manning. The two of them keep hurting each other over and over because of their heartbreaking past together. Will they be able to overcome their past and have a life together? And will Jonah find what is going on with the animal mutilation.
Piper moves into the area, trying to make a new life after leaving her parents and their lifestyle. And then there is Miles, who freaks out and destroys anything around him when someone touches him. Will Piper stay in Redford or will she move around with her parents and fall into their lifestyle? And can Miles overcome his OCD and live a normal live?
Liz is the new Vet in the area, and lives with her sister Lucy. She talks about Lucy, buys things for her, but no one has ever met her. And Liz's behavior is becoming very strange. Are there things in her past that is causing this strange behavior? And why has no one met her sister?
In this psychological drama, most of the characters are trying to break free of their past. As you follow their story, you feel as though you are right there with them in their struggles. And you want to rejoice with them as they deal with their past struggles and start relying on the Lord and prayer.
My opinion on the 4 or 5 curse words in the book__well_..they could have been avoided. I recently was reading about some authors taking Christian Fiction to the limits, and this was one of the topics. Will it be 4 or 5 now_.and then a few more_.and then more? Why use them if you don't really have too? Of course that's just my humble opinion.
If you like thrillers, suspense and maybe a little graphic stuff, then I highly recommend this book to you. The deal with the raccoons and cats is a bit gruesome, but the author just did a great job in explaining what took place. This is another great read by Heitzmann and I look forward to reading her next book.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah blogging for books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I absolutely love to read but am prone to put down any book that seems to be wasting my time. Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann, strangely, did not grab me from the beginning but still compelled me to stick with it to figure out what in the world was happening. The multiple plots, intertwined with the characters' childhood baggage, made it a little difficult to follow at first, but it would have been impossible to not see the characters through to the end. Intertwined are two great love stories that make you feel as if you have become part of them.
Indivisible is not typical Christian fiction. For this review, I received this book free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. All opinions in this review are my own.