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Smashwords book reviews by Heather

  • Vanished on June 19, 2012

    Vanished is a suspense-filled mystery thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. The book is clean even though there is some violence. The faith of the characters flows naturally in the story, so it never feels fake or forced. (In some books, the “Christian” element feels like it’s just thrown in to call the book Christian, but that is not the case in this book.) I was drawn into the story as the characters and storyline naturally developed. I did not want to put it down once I started to read. If you’re looking for a good Christian mystery novel with a few unexpected twists, you’ll want to check out Vanished.
  • Presumed Dead on July 30, 2012

    After reading the first book in the Wilton/Strait Mystery Series – Vanished, I was looking forward to the 2nd book in the series. It did not disappoint. In this book, we meet back up with Andrea and Brian who have now started their detective agency. DJ, who was introduced at the end of the last book, introduces them to the completely different world of biker gangs. While DJ is in a Christian bike club, they still have regular interactions with Demons Raiders and other biker gangs. The Christian bikers have the goal of reaching out to others where they are at and not being pushy about their faith. This leads them to some pretty interesting situations. Having known some members of Christian biker gangs, I’ve heard how difficult and crazy this world can be for them. They need to be on their best behavior at all times and be a testimony without pushing their beliefs on other bikers. It’s a fine line to walk at all times. Barbara does a nice job bringing readers into this world without it being over-the-top. Readers get a good understanding of the culture without feeling like they need to clean up after reading the book. Overall, the Christian message in the book flows nicely with the story, but there were a couple of spots were it felt forced and unnatural given the circumstances. That being said, the characters felt real. It was nice to see the characters of Andrea and Brian to be developed as the story moved along. As was probably expected, you do see a relationship start to blossom between Andrea and Brian. Since they both want to maintain high standards in their relationship, this part of the story is pretty much clean. Once again, Barbara has written great Christian suspense-filled book. If you’re interested in the Christian mystery, suspense genre, you will want to check out this series.