Meanwhile, Brill's 20-year-old daughter Vanessa comes home from college for the summer and reveals a shocking secret that turns her family's life upside down. Brill and her husband Kurt struggle to deal with the shattered hopes and dreams they had for their daughter, and things get worse when Vanessa's psychology professor disappears without a trace, and Brill finds out he's deceived Vanessa and she could be in danger.
An FBI friend uses his vacation time to watch Brill's back, but the ex-con determined to kill her has been unstoppable each time he has gone after a target. Brill must face her own mortality and trust that God's plan for her life will unfold exactly as He has ordained.
Based on Romans 1:16. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes."
Listen to another title in the Sophie Trace Trilogy.
©2009 Kathy Herman; (P)2009 Oasis
Pros - The characters developed in the first book, carry over and are well developed. If you've listened to the first book, you'll already care about the characters and what happens to them.
Cons - First, too much time is spent referencing the events of the first novel. While I agree it was necessary to help the reader understand what some of the characters have been through and how that effects their motivations, actions, etc., it was simply overdone.
Second - Far too many scenes simply re-hashed information already given to the reader without moving the story forward. For example, most of the scenes in Nick's Diner only summarized the prior events and did nothing to advance the story. I honestly got the sense that I could have come in at the middle of the novel and know everything that had happened prior as soon as crowd at Nick's had lunch.
Third - The character inconsistency in Vanessa was kind irritating. She's feels convicted of her sinful relationship, yet has no problem deceiving her parents and the authorities in relation to her trips to the park??
Bottomline.. If you enjoyed the first book (which I did), you may want to listen just because of the characters. But Kathy Herman has got a lot of work to do on her storytelling.
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