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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
On Elise Friedman's eighth birthday, she lost her mother and any connection to her mysterious past. Raised by her loving stepfather, Elise has spent years trying to learn the truth about her mother, Catrina, and her birth family in Germany, but still knows very little. Now a young woman in college, Elise is traveling to her homeland of Germany to uncover her family's past, but what she finds is much more harrowing than she ever suspected.
eend5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting bookMarch 16, 2016eendQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book was a great read. I couldn't wait to see what would happen.
Stephanie4 Stars Out Of 5November 28, 2009StephanieMelanie Dobson's book--the first I have read by her--is a little novel that packs a major punch. I don't normally buy novels this short because I can finish them so fast, but the intricacies of the plot, as promised on the back cover, convinced me. Elise is a tenacious, likeable young woman, and Carson is a perfect search partner for her, Secondary charactera Sara and Addison are well-drawn too, and at times, are more intriguing than Elise. Melanie has clearly done her research on cults and toxic religion, because those scenes are both touching and at times, downright scary. In fact, although I usually don't notice description that much, Melanie's succinct, vivid style carries the whole book. She also does a great job with dialogue, especially Elise and Carson's discussion of Katrina von Bora's life (I would have liked to see more of that). This book is definitely for adults only, but that audience will find this to be a gripping read.
Kimberly Felton5 Stars Out Of 5August 11, 2008Kimberly FeltonThe Black Cloister falls in the category of "disturbing but good." Disturbing because cults exist, and innocent people are taken in by them...children are raised by them. The book is good for many other reasons: Dobson's excellent storytelling kept me up much too late, and left me drifting to sleep feeling I was in a small town in Germany. Characters are well-developed and believable. And the book leaves you with hope for anyone who seeks truth.
Nancy Jo Jenkins5 Stars Out Of 5July 17, 2008Nancy Jo JenkinsMelanie weaves another spellbinding tale in The Black Cloister. The reader learns, through parallel stories, about Elise's search for her mother's past and Sara's search for truth and love within the hostile walls of a cult in Germany. The story intensifies to such a degree that I felt I was swimming underwater at times, trying to come up for air. And then Melanie grants us a refreshing pause, a reprieve from the gripping suspense. That is - until the tension builds agains. She artfully brings her characters to the supreme moment of life and death, and then culminates her story with one of the warmest endings for a book that I've read in a long time. God's love shines throughout the story as He makes "all things work together for good." This is a gripping page-turner that absolutely no one should miss.
Kari Adams5 Stars Out Of 5June 12, 2008Kari AdamsI couldn't put it down - I read it start to finish during my kids naptime. Addresses a sad reality to the truth of child prostitution in our world, as well as the darkness that lies in the midst of twisted lies from truth. Definitely a good, make you think read! Melanie is really good at writing about hard things in life to overcome, and giving understanding to how people end up in hard situations to begin with.