I hope you all had a great weekend. My son is back to full speed ahead and I’m feeling better too. Thanks for all your prayers!
I want to say congratulations to Jessica Nelson! She’s a Genesis finalist. If you don’t follow her blog already, pop over and congratulate her and follow!
Also, congratulations to Sheri Salatin for her win in the Purple Shadows contest! Hurray!
Now, on with the show this is it…
“You want me to escort a heart?”
Deliver Us From Evil is a novel by Robin Caroll. She writes southern stories of mystery and suspense. This book is about a U.S. Marshall whose assignment is to transport a heart to the hospital for a government witness in a human trafficking ring with locations in Tennessee.
When the helicopter goes down in the smoky mountains, it’s up to Brannon Callahan–a ranger– to fly in and rescue him and the heart. But the traffickers want that witness dead and anyone who gets in their way.
Each chapter has something happen to make matters worse, but isn’t that what suspense is supposed to be? They get out of one mess and before you blink, another one surfaces. It’s a romantic suspense, and as you can guess sparks fly between U.S. Marshall Roarke Holland and the lovely, but independent and strong, Brannon Callahan.
What did I especially like about the characters?
Her characters were well thought out. Each one had their own set of quirks. Roarke taps the butt of his gun for comfort and is scared of small spaces because of a past incident.
Brannon Callahan and her co-pilot Lincoln–both Christians– quote scripture and then the other one has to give the chapter and verse. It’s a little something they do when a situation seems bad to remind them of Who is in control and it brings them comfort. I thought it was neat and a great way to bring God in without being preachy.
Congressman McGovern has rules and throughout his Point of View (POV) he uses them. “And rule one–always appear to be in charge.” He states it then does it.
The deep storyline
One POV came from a young girl named Mai who had been sold by her family into the trafficking ring. When I read the first scene introducing her, my stomach crawled because of what was happening to her. But I’m glad that Robin wrote it fairly graphic and that the publishing house, Thorndike Press, allowed it. Sometimes, we need to squirm in our seats. Not everything in this world is cookie-cutter picture-perfect. I like those books on a occasion, but I also like when an author gets to write it the way it really is.
My heart burned for these girls and that drove me to whisper a prayer as I read her scenes. Yes, it had a happy ending, but for most girls trafficked, it doesn’t end well at all.
Bad things happen, but God is in control. Always.
I had the twist figured out, but with suspense it’s about the edge of your seat, “now what” kind of read and not a who is doing it, but I generally like a little more mystery even in suspense novels.
Will I read more of Robin Caroll? You betcha.
Here’s a teaser:
9 thoughts on “Must Read Monday: Deliver Us From Evil”
I think that I like suspense better, but a good mystery is also hard to beat!
Looks like a great book. I need to add this to be TBR pile. :o)
I love solving riddles so I like a good mystery component. This does look like a gripping story and anything that gets you praying has done something great!
Great review. Living in the UK novels with Christian themes aren't in any of the popular bookstores. Always interesting to see how more widely accessible they seem to be in the US? Book sounds really good.
Funny thing is, I don't read a lot of suspense but discovering that I am starting to want more in my work:)
I grew up as a teen devouring romance, suspense, and mystery, Jessica. I write contemporary Christian romance, but I do greatly enjoy a good suspense/mystery once in awhile, too! (Of course, as long as it doesn't keep me awake in bed fretting. I have such an active imagination. Ha!)
This book has been on my wish list for a while. I'll definitely be checking it out.
I love how you point out that she was able to introduce Mai in a very realistic and true fashion. Because you are right, not everything in this world is cookie-cutter-perfect.
Wow, my stomach dipped while just reading about the book! I have a love/hate relationship with suspense. I hate it when I'm reading it (meaning I'm terrified for the characters) but I love it when I'm done (meaning the story stays with me for a long time). Especially if there's such a strong emotional hook, which is sounds like this one has. Thanks for the summary!
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