This is the first time I have read one of Mr. James books. He is excellent in grabing and holding your attention, and masterful at providing suspense and intrigue. However, I definitely anticipated more from a Christian writer. I stopped reading James Patterson's books because of how gory and descriptive they were, catergorizing him as a very sick man that defames women. I now find Mr. James doing the same thing. By the end of the book I grew more appreciative of his actual writing skills, and hope that the next books in these series are not so offensive. Yes, I will read The Rook, but I am hoping that it is not as descriptive with the murder scenes. Then maybe I can recommend his books.
I loved this book and can't wait to get the next in the series. Well written suspense and thriller.
However, I was searching for God in the pages, and never really found Him. I would recommend this book to many of my friends who read crime and suspense novels, but maybe not to my more "protected" (for want of a better word) friends who read less.... gritty novels.
My daughter saw this, and the others in the series, in the Christian book catalog. She is 16, and thought it sounded great. We watch CSI TV shows, so she thought it would be something like that. I often pre-read the books I think are questionable for her. I don't usually do that on books from CBD, but it sounded good to me also, so I read it. I am extremely disappointed that a CHRISTIAN book club would offer this. The first chapter shows a suicide pact with 2 teens, then later in the book it shows a teen who was "cutting" herself for a way to cope with stress. How is this a good message to send to anyone, let alone teens. It glorifies self mutilation as a way to deal with stress.
I purchased all 5 books available in the series, and now don't want to read them or let my daughter read them.
My daughter was so excited to get these, and now I have to tell her she can't read them. Very sad. I thought getting them from a "Christian" book company would make it a "safe" read. I guess I will have to be more careful in the future.
This book is a great suspense/thriller. This is a book that will hook you and make you keep reading, however, being published by a christian publishing house, i was very, very disappointed because I couldn't find to much of God within these pages.
This book was outstanding. Seeing as how I usually read portions of it just before bed, there were nights I didn't sleep so well, but it was well worth the lost sleep. I had a hard time putting it down to keep up with the other (non-fictional) reading that needed to get done.