My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was the first book I have read by Kathy Herman and now I understand why she is a best selling suspense novelist. I normally do not enjoy suspense, but this one was different. I actually enjoyed it. While it is a suspense novel, it is also threaded with several other story lines. One being the current situation with Brill's daughter, Vanessa, and the second being from the past, which I assume is delt with in book one of this trilogy series. I was still able to understand and enjoy this book without having previously read book one, but it may be even more meaningful if you read them in order. The plot is believable and has twists and turns that I didn't expect along with the ones that I did. They story challenges the way we view our circumstances showing us that God can use both good and bad in our eyes to bring glory to Himself. The characters face common, real life problems and emotions and you can find yourself relating to them and their struggles. Overall this is a great book and one I would recommend to older teens or adults to enjoy for the sake of reading. However, I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars because I felt that the spiritual emphasis was on the weak side. If you want suspense, this is a very good book to read, but if you want more spiritual depth to your fiction, I would suggest something by Karen Kingsbury or Francine Rivers. This review book was courtesy of TBB Media & David C. Cook
Excellent book. I really apprecited the interaction of the Brill and her husband with the pregnant daughter. Not all love and roses, but love, disappointment and support to find the best option foe everyone. Brill's interaction with her kidnapper was intense and very moving. Hope the next book is not too long in coming.
Brill Jessup is back, and she's just as smart, tough, and integrity-driven as ever. This gal is my kind of woman! Her handling of multiple murders, even in the face of unreasonable criticism, is professional and on target, and her support system of family and friends is a wonderful cast of characters. Brill's confrontation with the perp is also suspenseful and faith-honoring without kowtowing to cliches. But I think the thing I liked best about this book is how much Brill learned about her own flaws and limitations, especially when it came to the ultimately hurtful expectations she had of Vanessa (who is also a great character worth rooting for). I will definitely be back to Sophie Trace to finish the trilogy.
Thank you to The B & B Media Group, Inc. for my copy of this Christian fiction novel. This is the second installment of the Sophie Trace Trilogy series, and can be read without having read the first as the author nicely fills in all gaps.The character of Brill is one I connected with in the first book. She's the first female police chief in the town's history. Working in a high pressure position, while being wife to Kurt and mother of three gives her depth. The layered story begins when her teenage daughter comes home from college seven months pregnant, shocking her parents. People begin dropping like flies as a murderer takes revenge, threatens that Brill is next. Talk about a stressful life!However, there is too much repetition. This character tells that character about a circumstance, and later, the reader reads yet another conversation about the same topic being discussed between two others.Nonetheless, the book is a worthy read, with a bit of romance and the suspense of tracking a slippery killer. Discussion questions are included.