Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Kathy Herman writes contemporary suspense with plenty of twists and mystery to keep the reader on the edge of her seat. In The Last Word, police chief Brill Jessup and her former partner are being stalked by a recently released convict they had arrested years before. The newly freed prisoner is systematically knifing the policemen closest to Brill so they can pass on his deadly message before they die. His threats insinuate that it is only a matter of time until she is the next victim.
In addition to the stress of this deadly situation, Brill's college-age daughter, Vanessa, arrives home for summer break to announce that she is seven months pregnant! This news shatters their family and threatens to tear them apart as they try to help Vanessa decide what actions to take for her future. To make matters worse, the baby's father has disappeared completely -- as if he never existed.
Kathy does a great job of putting you in the middle of police protocol and family strife in such a way that you feel the tension and frustration of the characters. Her dialogue is natural and the story is intriguing from beginning to end. I can't wait for the third book in the series (due in March 2010).
Find out more about Kathy's books at her website. You can buy The Last Word on Amazon.
Thanks to Audra Jennings at David C. Cook Publishing for providing a copy of this book for review.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary E. DeMuth is an expert in Pioneer Parenting. She enables Christian parents to navigate our changing culture when their families left no good faith examples to follow.
Her parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2007), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005).
Mary also inspires people to face their trials through her real-to-life novels, Watching The Tree Limbs
(nominated for a Christy Award) and Wishing On Dandelions (NavPress, 2006).
Mary has spoken at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, the ACFW Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and at various churches and church planting ministries. She's also taught in Germany, Austria, Monaco, Italy, France, and the United States. Mary and her husband, Patrick, reside in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France, and planting a church.
ABOUT THE BOOK
She touched Daisy’s shoulder. So cold. So hard. So unlike Daisy.
Yet so much like herself it made Emory shudder.
Burying her grief, Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter Daisy’s murderer—a man she saw in a flicker of a vision. But when the investigation hits every dead end, her despair escalates. As questions surrounding Daisy’s death continue to mount, Emory’s safety is shattered by the pursuit of a stranger, and she can’t shake the sickening fear that her own choices contributed to Daisy’s disappearance. Will she ever experience the peace her heart longs for?
The second book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, this suspenseful novel is about courageous love, the burden of regret, and bonds that never break. It is about the beauty and the pain of telling the truth. Most of all, it is about the power of forgiveness and what remains when shame no longer holds us captive.
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