Blood Bayou: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Karen Young
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Blood Bayou, set in Louisiana Bayou Country, is a story of redemption and forgiveness. Because of her husband's alcoholism, Camille St. James divorced Jack Vermillion after a tragic accident. Seven years later, Jack has turned his life around and is a minister, but Camille, unsure of her own beliefs, doubts his sincerity. God may have forgiven him, but she won't! Then they are reunited by the murder of Jack's sister by a prisoner recently exonerated and freed through the Truth Project, an organization which Camille runs. She is convinced the accused man is innocent and sets out to prove it. Jack is sure he did it and blames Camille for freeing him. But as she works to find the real killer, someone is determined to stop any means.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781439163986
ISBN-13: 9781439163986

Publisher's Description

To Save a Victim, Camille St. James May Have to Become One Herself.

Seven years ago, tragedy ended the troubled marriage of Camille and Jack Vermillion. Now, as head of the Truth Project, her life safe and orderly, she focuses her lawyerly skills on freeing wrongly incarcerated individuals on death row.

Jack paid a bitter price for his mistakes. No longer a high-powered corporate attorney, he's now pastor of a small church in Blood Bayou. Unsure of her own beliefs, Camille is highly skeptical of the conversion of this man she hasn't seen in seven years.

Then tragedy strikes again. Jack's sister is murdered, apparently by a prisoner Camille has set free. To prove his innocence, Camille must return to Blood Bayou. But that means facing the hostility of the town -- and Jack.

And as She Works to Find the Real Killer, Someone Is Determined to Stop Any Means.

Author Bio

Karen Young is the international bestselling author of thirty-eight novels. 
She has more than ten million books in print and is the recipient of the coveted RITA award from Romance Writers of America and the Career Achievement and Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times magazine. She is known as “a spellbinding storyteller who writes with sensitivity about issues facing contemporary women.” Karen's career in writing fiction for women has run the gamut from traditional romance to mystery thrillers to inspirational fiction. In her relationship-driven plots, she creates characters that could easily be her readers, and then places them in extraordinary circumstances while adding suspense to the mix.


Karen Young tells a story of one woman’s winding and difficult journey to truth in Blood Bayou. Camille St. James devotes herself to Truth Project, an organization that strives to prove the wrongfully accused to be innocent. Chester Pelham is one such client of Camille’s. He is accused of murdering a woman in Blood Bayou, Louisiana, but Camille successfully advocates his exoneration. Camille’s joy soon turns to shock within days of Chester’s release as he is found at the scene of another murder in Blood Bayou. To make matters worse, the woman murdered is the sister of Camille’s ex-husband.

Jack Vermillion completely changed his life after a tragic accident and his divorce from Camille. Now a saved man and minister, his patience is tested when Camille returns to Blood Bayou to investigate the death of his sister. Torn between his stubborn nature and desire to prove he has changed, Jack’s character is tested. When Camille’s safety is threatened, Jack makes sure to protect her from further harm. Jack and Camille must put aside their dark past and differences to work together to find the truth.

Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” This is a fitting verse for Blood Bayou because Young shows the reader how Christ changes people into new creations in Him. Camille notices this in Jack, and discovers that she longs for change in herself as well. Camille is unsure of Jack’s new-found salvation, but she does notice a difference in him. Even though he claims to have God’s forgiveness, Camille is not as willing to forgive. Can Jack prove his genuine change and thereby guide Camille to truth?

Young weaves mystery and suspense with biblical truths to create an excellent story of redemption and forgiveness. Blood Bayou has realistic characters whom the reader cannot help but like. The story’s thrilling plot will generate intense page turning until the very end of the story. Both entertaining and enlightening, Blood Bayou is a great novel for any library or personal book collection. Adults and teens, whether male or female, will enjoy this gripping tale. – Elizabeth Ford,

Publisher's Weekly

Young's 35th novel comes from an evangelical Christian imprint, and this outing adds to her blend of suspense and romance spiritual elements that would make sense to many readers outside the Christian market. Lawyer Camille St. James gets a convicted murderer exonerated and off Death Row, only to see him arrested for murder days after his release. Camille's ex-husband, Jack, a former lawyer and recovering alcoholic turned minister, re-enters her life because the murder victim is his sister. The two are thrown together again as Camille pushes hard to discover the real murderer, drawing not only a response from a criminal but from a small Louisiana town eager to blame her for freeing a man capable of murder. The experienced author competently spins suspense and romance while adding the element of redemption through faith that is natural to her plot. Camille is skeptical about the thoroughness of her ex-husband's spiritual rebirth, making the faith component even more credible. Young's readers can easily follow her move to more explicit spiritual character development, and she should gain new readers in the Christian market with her well-crafted inspirational fiction. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Karen Young is a writer of rare emotional power and conviction, exploring the darkest corners of the human heart and finding redemption there. This is storytelling at its finest, the kind that stays with you long after the last page is turned." -- Susan Wiggs, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Fireside
"Blood Bayou kept my heart beating overtime with its perfect blend of romance and suspense. This was my first Karen Young novel, but her compelling characters, snappy dialogue, and a gorgeous bayou setting that had me fanning myself on a winter day in Kansas, land her permanently on my must-read list. One of the best books I've read this year!" -- Deborah Raney, author of Yesterday's Embers and Almost Forever
"Master storyteller Karen Young has written a gripping tale of second chances, rescue, and redemption. I became absorbed in the story, the characters, and the mystery from the very first paragraph. This is a page-turner that will long linger in my mind." -- Debbie Macomber
"Karen Young's Blood Bayou grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning and does not let go until the last page. More importantly, along the way the reader enters into a significant faith journey with the characters, one that begins with sin and ends with repentance and love. It is a rare book that can offer a superb story, wholly believable characters, and a heart-wrenching narrative of evil and redemption. Yet Karen Young has written just such a book. I simply cannot wait for her next one!" -- Diane Mott Davidson

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 17, 2013
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Blood Bayou.
    What a amazing book! From the first line this book hooked me and drew me into the story. It was a fast paced page turner, but also within the story the character were set on paths toward redemption and God's love. I will be lending this book out to both my christian and non christian friends.
  2. United States
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 1, 2011
    United States
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Blood Bayou.
    What a fast paced book! If you like suspense with a little romance you will really enjoy this book.

    You will follow Camille St. James as she deals with a recently released from jail client and the murder of her ex-husbands sister. How the two are connected and Camille's relationship with her ex-husband make for an intriguing story.

    I thought this book was well written and a fun read. I enjoyed the story and the suspense! There was just enough romance to make it fun and keep you involved in the character lives. A great read!

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  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 24, 2009
    Maureen Smith
    This review was written for Blood Bayou.
    Oh, what a wonderful book, plenty of suspense and enough of the every day type of life to cause me as the reader to feel the pain, the emotions, all the sensations Karen Young meant us to have as she carried us through this delightful story.
  4. Tampa, FL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 8, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    This review was written for Blood Bayou.
    I enjoyed this suspense novel set in Louisiana. It includes romance mixed in with murder, an attorney and a pastor who were married and bitterly divorced. The theme of redemption and forgiveness runs rings true in this work of Christian fiction.The two main characters are believable, and the plot moves at a steady pace. After spotting the killer, the reader will hold her breath as the characters continued to interact with him.
  5. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 20, 2009
    Jill Williamson
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Blood Bayou.
    After her horrible divorce, Camille St. John poured her life into the Truth Project, an organization that helps wrongly convicted people prove their innocence. Just as a man from one of her recent cases has begun his old life again, a woman is found murdered and the evidence points to him.The entire town of Blood Bayou is convinced that Camilles client is the killer. Even more disturbing than that is the identity of the victim: her ex-husbands sister.Despite her vague connection to this murder and how difficult it will be to see her ex-husband, Jack, Camille feels it necessary to pay respects to her ex. After all, she and the deceased were once sisters of a sort. Camille finds Jack completely changed. Once a drunk, he is now a pastor. At first Camille doesnt buy his so-called life change. But as they search for the real killer, Camille cant help but see the truth: Jack is not the man he was. They still share a rocky past. Can they work together to find the real killer, who now seems bent on making Camille his third victim?This is the first Karen Young book Ive read. I always enjoy a good mystery. This one starts out really good, but I feel like it needed some more time in the rewrite stage. It was entertaining. The characters were well written and realistic. But it was obvious to me who done it. I wish that the author had introduced a little more suspicion into some other characters to keep the reader guessing. Also, the story is entirely in Camilles point of view, until it nears the end. Then we are suddenly privy to a few other points of view. Im a stickler for a well-written book. And while this one was written well, with engaging characters, these few mistakes felt lazy to me. I appreciate a book more when the author takes the time to perfect it, and despite being entertaining, this one felt like it needed a bit more work.
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