©2009 Terri Blackstock; (P)2009 Zondervan
The book was used as a format to sell Christianity. It was very simplistic and used every opportunity to sell Christianity.
No... even the story was simplistic and not very believable. The main character, the mother, was a saintly saved woman. Not very realistic or interesting.
While this is a basically pretty good story, the hard-sell Christianity increased as the story progressed. Buyer beware.
Good suspense. Thoughtful, moving & inspirational. Didn't feel "preachy".to me. It was clean though, no bad language. Just bought the rest of the series.
Take out so many prayers and references to god and jesus.
The actions of the hero in times of trouble are sometimes implausible.
Monotone, did not make much of an attempt to create a different voice for different characters.
This was my first Terri Blackstock listen (or read) and it was a pleasant surprise. I'm used to listening to books that have more details than I would like and usually think the point can be made without quite so much detail. I appreciated the faith the mother had throughout her situation, and that the book had a realistic part at the end where the children understand mom has a lot of faith but they don't suddenly fall at the alter in repentance.
This is a good listen for someone who likes suspense or drama but doesn't want the gory scenes or details. The religion factor is not overplayed like they're trying to hit you over the head with it. I'm planning on listening to the other two books in this series, and possibly others by this author.
This started off as an interesting premise for a detective novel--a distraught mother investigates the disappearance of her drug addicted daughter. The twist? The daughter disappears as she's being escorted to rehab by the interventionist. As soon as the police detective appears, the whole thing degenerates into a thinly veiled Christian romance novel. Even he writing deteriorates as the author starts to develop the predictable attraction between the mom and the cop. Then, bible passages began to appear! Really?
Don't waste your credit unless you're sure this is the kind of book you want!
The love for your child, the things you do to protect them.
When the daughter was trying to find a way out.
When the son talk his way to Atl.
Terri pours her heart into this story of drugs and intervention programs. She does an excellent job of showing the reality, horror and suspense of the life of a person with an addiction. She also includes the beginning of a love story ... anxious to read the next book, Vicious Cycle!
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