©2002 Terri Blackstock; (P)2008 Zondervan
Cape Refuge contains murders and amateur detective work, and plenty of religious messages.
About the murders and detective work. These have more the depth of an Enid Blyton story, less the depth of a Connelly. It's reminiscent more of the Five Find-outers and Dog, less of Harry Bosch. If your intellectual diet is a good murder mystery, eschew this one.
About the religious stuff. It's like the background of a webpage, colored so bright that it sometimes distracts from the content. The religious theme isn't overplayed, but it's certainly not underplayed either. So if you are looking for religious discourses, I suspect that Norman Vincent Peale or Billy Graham will be better bets, though I confess I have read neither.
So who should buy this book? I think if you are looking for a gentle murder mystery, something that doesn't tax the brain too much, and a lot of family and spiritual messages, this book could be ideal.
Some reviews have criticized the narration. Personally, I thought that it was quite good.
I listen to audio books while working.
A number of people commented that this was too religious. It is a book about a Christian couple's murder and their children search for the truth, and there are Christians and non-Crhistians. I didn't find it preachy -- if this had been a Jewish couple's death then it would have been very Jewish faith oriented. However, if you have a thing against people talking about deep faith and struggling to find their faith, then this is not the book for you. I might not read the series but it was a good book. A little formula, A little obvious in the secondary characters lives, but a good book.
Say something about yourself!
Lousy writing, too many adjectives, too much angst, too much overreaction, little restraint, whiny embarrassing southern accents plus pious christianity. There may have been a plot but no way I could listen past the 5th chapter. Life is too short to listen to such drivel.
Something better than this, I hope.
Oh, God no, please spare me.
I didn't find any
An excellent reader with a better regional accent using more restraint emoting couldn't save the writing. This is the first. Maybe they improve. Maybe.
Yes, I might read another Blackstock book but wouldn't want to listen to this narrator. I can tell Renee worked really hard to give her all to the the characters, but many times I felt like giving up on it because of the whining quality of the two main character's (Blair and Morgan) voices. For me it was really hard to listen to! Story was good. Just wish I had read it instead of listened to it.
If I had read the physical book I might be able to answer this question. But listening to it distracted me from so much of the storyline.
Don't know as each narrator brings something different to the characters. Their performance can make or break a story.
“I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” ― Audrey Hepburn
Intriguing, exciting and performance... I loved this book and the characters. Can't say enough about the narrator Renee, she's great to listen to and She has these characters down, not missing a beat with emphasis. Love the storyline and the use of characters. Couldn't stop listening and can't wait for more...
Say something about yourself!
Nothing happens for he first 25 chapters, everybody is miserable and act in a nonsense way
When I purchased this book, I thought I would get a good murder mystery with Christian overtones. I was wrong. I did force myself to read the complete book but really it was far too long. The short murder plot was submerged under masses of padding in the form of "feelings", especially love, weeping, wailing and long, long, long conversations trying to convert the unbelieving sister who naturally also has a physical flaw. As a Christian, I am not afraid of Christian literature, but in this book the characters are too good to be true and so they are hardly human. In fact the only mistakes they seem to have made are those done before they became Christians. Despite the endless hours devoted to the feelings of the main characters, the bad ones are just regarded as greedy and evil and there is no effort spent trying to show these people also as human, albeit as inadequate ones. But all ends well, of course. What else would I have expected? I should have saved my money and bought another CS Lewis book.
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