Overall this was a good read. I did find it too graphic at times. I found myself wanting more of an emphasis on Biblical issues. I almost put it aside a few times and didn't plan to finish it, but I did finish.
I love suspense, mystery, intrigue, espionage, etc. type books. At one time I read Patricia Cornwell, Patterson, and others such as that. However, it seems as the success grew the books also did: each grew more unlike what I would think as believers we wouldn't read. I think that suspense does not have to be gory or in so much detail about that which is not so unedifying. There are many other authors who can keep one on the edge of the seat without the explicit details. The first of the series was enough. What surprise to find this for purchase on a Christian site. I normally recycle books to libraries, Salvation Army, Metropolitan Ministries, friends, neighbors, etc. This one went in the trash. When passing along books I hope to share that which reflects the Lord for others who might not know Him would want to read more about His character. Again other authors have written high suspense without sounding like an unbelieving author. If only judging the book's quality in grammatical terms and that the good guys always win, that quality would be good. Otherwise if quality is based on Biblical standards, no.
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.