Misery Loves Company - eBook
Interesting character development, suspenseful.
I like the way the writer built the suspense as she built up the characters. I was intrigued by the weaving in the process the writer goes through in writing in book. I enjoyed the complexity and unfolding of the mystery. I felt the main character's grief and terror, but I wished that she would have called upon the Lord a little earlier in her situation. I enjoyed the cop's determination and sense of morality, as well as loyalty toward his dead partner and his widow. I wished the father would have been less of a mess, but the real protagonist, ultimately did impact his life positively. I found the end surprizing and chock full of suspense and excitement. I always pass on my books, and I highly recommend it.
November 15, 2013
This is the first book I have read by Rene Gutteridge, and I will be sure to read more. Misery Loves Company was interesting up to the last fifty or so pages. After that it got really exciting. I liked the characters, and the plot was good. I have never read a book with a plot quite like this one. The only problem was that the author did not say Jesus is the only way to heaven. She talked about God, but she never clearly presented the gospel. Other than that, this was a great book! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.
October 25, 2013
Jules (Juliet) is a blogger who has never recovered from the pain of losing her husband. She struggles with life and death issues and with trusting in God, though she knows her husband did.
There is a cop who wants to help, feeling he has failed her and her husband. When she goes missing, he tries his hardest to follow any clues, even to the point of possibly losing his own job.
I thought I would only read a third of this book or so the first day, but ended up finishing it all! It soon captured my interest, and though it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be, it was fascinating.
There were twists, well-written characters, and a few good lessons, but it wasn't exactly a joyful read. (I know: what do I expect from this sort of book?)
Here's a good quote that partly sums up the lessons in the book: '"Most people believe we need each other to fill our lives with abundance and blessing. We believe we need people to show us all the good in ourselves. But I don't believe that's the case. We need people, Juliet, to show us our selfishness, to extract the ugliness that reveals itself in our hearts."'
I'm not sure the author believes in total depravity, but it comes close, which is better than most books these days.
The ending was a tense, riveting ride, with a few gruesome details, but nothing most people couldn't handle.
Overall a good, maybe very good novel, but not a particular favorite of mine, just because of the sadness and confusion of the main characters.
August 30, 2013
Loose Ends All Tied Up
I do admire that in a murder mystery. Rene Gutteridge is becoming one of my favorite authors. She writes tense mystery, beautifully described scenery and characters, and a page-turner plot, leading up to excellent resolution. I am completely drawn in by her characters and the story. I find some intriguing insights into writers and their process, which was described so well, naturally, by such a phenomenal writer. I wonder if some of the actions that were taken went too far, but the results worked. I really like the theme of faith that runs throughout. It has no objectionable content, which I greatly appreciate. An awesome read.
August 27, 2013