With a killer on the loose, a crime to investigate and assassins to dodge, this high-energy story will keep you on the edge of your seat more than it will keep you in the dark.
Morality: One character learns to forgive, another to trust. Christian values are laced throughout the story and one woman is commended for proving her faith through action and strength.
Considerations for parents of young readers: One man drinks, and both him and his mother are said to have been addicted to prescription pain killers. Sexual Content: One woman is said to have conceived before marriage, no more is said of the matter. There is a lot of emotional romance and heart-break-causing-past-relationships. Violence: Several murders are committed in the book and several are referred to, some quite gory, but none are described in more detail than the reader can handle. Most of the victims are adult, one an infant. The murderer is a callous, almost insane person, and is driven by anger, bitterness, and pure, unadulterated hate. One girl's face is cut with glass, supposedly on accident.
On the whole, this is a good story. I would not recommend for young readers, or those who are particularly sensitive to the situations mentioned above.
It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
Today's Wild Card author is:
and the book:
B&H Books (September 15, 2012)
***Special thanks to Shannon Kozee of B&H Fiction for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Caroll has authored twelve previous books including the Holt Medallion Award of Merit winner, Deliver Us From Evil. She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. A proud southerner, Robin lives with her husband, three daughters, and two precious grandsons in Arkansas.
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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
In Angola State Penitentiary, a man is serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Riley Baxter is an eager reporter desperate for a story to make a name for herself. When she stumbles upon the daughter of the incarcerated man, Riley sees a little too much of herself in the teen, and vows to help prove her father’s innocence.
At the same time, Hayden Simpson has his hands full with keeping his little sister in line, worrying about his job as Police Commissioner, and dealing with his past emotional baggage. The last thing he needs is someone blowing the lid off his emotional bucket. But when Riley Baxter storms into his life, struggling to understand why God would let bad things happen to good people, Hayden has no choice but to follow his heart.
Now, Riley and Hayden must work together to uncover the truth of the past . . . before someone shuts Riley up for good.
List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: B&H Books
AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER: