Water's Edge by Robert Whitlow is about a big city lawyer named Tom Crane who has to go to a small town named Bethel where he has to close down his deceased fathers' law office. Tom soon discovers more about his fathers' death than anticipated and will find out who he can trust.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The pace of this book was not too fast or slow. The mystery of what Tom has to uncover unfolds a little bit at a time and kept me wanting to read to find out what happens. Those who to trust and not seemed to be easy to figure out, but Robert Whitlow does a good job to steer your thoughts to others. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read mystery fiction books.
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The book "Water's Edge" has been said to be a legal thriller in the style of John Grisham. I would have to agree. But this book has a spiritual element to it that really makes you think. I have never read a book by Robert Whitlow before but have always been interested. I received this book, published by Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze program.
Tom, a hard working, young lawyer is moving up the ladder when his world seems to fall apart. Losing his job, his father and his girlfriend in a very short amount of time has brought much confusion to his life. Returning home to tie up ends at his father's law practice, Tom discovers some intriguing mysteries in his father's files. Tom must now stay to solve the issues as he renews friendships from his childhood. But who can he trust? Who is telling the truth?
I really flip flop with my opinion of this book. Sometimes, I found the story completely engrossing and at other times a little boring. Some of the characters were intriguing and others uninteresting. It was inspiring to watch Tom's spiritual transformation. I loved watching God speak to him and then to see him spend time reading and praying. But the plot of the book sometimes dragged on with too much legal jargon and not enough mystery. There was mystery, it just didn't make me sit at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.
So I would say this is an interesting read, but probably not one that I will be telling all my friends about.
I am a Robert Whitlow fan and have waited a long time fo this new book. It was worth the wait.
We get real life characters with real life stories that are very believable and well developed. Thomas Crane is a young lawyer with a very promising future, or at least thats what he thinks. But his world is about to fall apart. His father drowns in a fishing accident, he looses his job (to employee reduction) and his girl friend dumps him, and adds insult to injury she takes his cat with her.
Thomas returns to Bethel to close down his fathers law practice. So maybe the job loss was good timing so that he can get this done. But returning to his old home town has it's on set of issues. Not only is he grieving his father but he will finally end up facing and dealing with the grief of his mothers death from years before.
He and his dog move in with his great-uncle, a retired preacher. This where the good Christian overtones start. Thomas is faced with his lack of faith and disregard for God. He has to face the expectations of friends that he will follow in his fathers Christian footsteps and the practice of law.
Thomas doesn't want anything to do with religion. But strange things happen and he starts to enjoy reading the Bible and talking with God. He also discovers that his father was a peacemaker with clients using Biblical methods of reconciliation and forgiveness to mediate legal issues between parties.
Woven in all this is a subplot of murder and deception as well as a love interest that is complicated. The complication is that Thomas has an awakening of his relationship with Christ that leaves him a changed man. But Satan in all his wisdom tries to throw a roadblock in Thomas path through a past love interest. Satan also throws in a conflict with a potential highly paying client. These distractions just might derail the new faith that Thomas has found.
The story will keep you interested to the end. Will Thomas find that his father was a righteous man? Will he find that the man that died with his dad is also a righteous man? Will he follow the Lord's leading and do the right thing? Will he fall in love with the right girl? Will he take a lucrative attorney position in Atlanta or stay and practice law in his small home town?
Those and many other questions will keep you turning pages. Thank you Robert for a very good story and also for good lessons about our love for and trust in Jesus Christ.
Tom Crane has a beautiful girlfriend, a nice home, and is about to make partner at his law firm-life is treating him pretty well. Entering the meeting where he expects the partnership announcement to be made known, the rug is violently pulled from beneath his feet. Tom finds out that not only is he not going to be made partner, but he is completely out of a job thanks to economic cutbacks. He tells his girlfriend, and before he arrives home she has left him and taken his cat as well.
With nothing standing in his way, Tom heads back to his hometown to close up his deceased father's small town law firm. What he finds is suspicions of foul play, criminal activity, people who love him for who he is, and seeds of faith that had been planted long ago. What he learns is that God can take even our biggest failures and turn them into something not only worthwhile, but beautiful as well.
Robert Whitlow never disappoints his readers, and this book is no exception. A masterfully written plot with twists and turns that keep you glued to the pages long into the night, Water's Edge is a book that you will treasure for years to come. 5 Stars
This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
If you enjoy reading about legal twists and turns, this is the book for you! Tom Crane, an ambitious young lawyer, thinks he is on the brink of an important promotion, but instead sees his dreams come crashing down. After his career and his love life both take nosedives, Tom returns to his small hometown to tie up loose ends left by his father's sudden and unexpected death. Instead of a quick cleanup of old business, and a return to a new job in Atlanta, Tom finds himself confronted with a mystery, a huge amount of money in an unexplained account, and evidence pointing to wrongdoing by his father. Over and over, as Tom tries to solve the mystery, he is faced with legal and ethical issues. Along the way he is brought into genuine relationship with the God whose existance he had ignored for years.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Water's Edge". Tom's struggle to resolve the conflict between the evidence he sees and the knowledge of his father's faith-based life, combined with the touch of romance between Tom and Rose, who is caught in the same web of conflict, makes a great read. The clear evidence of the change in Tom as he begins to share his father's faith adds a valuable spiritual component. This was the first book by Robert Whitlow that I have read, but it definitely won't be my last!