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Unholy Hunger (The Lure of the Serpent) [Kindle Edition]

Heather James
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Book Description

Evelyn Barrett wants to die. As long as her daughter's murderer dies with her, she is ready to go. Why did this man--this stranger--destroy her family? Why has he not been brought to justice? Why is she forced to live a life of anger and grief? Amid a million questions she cannot answer, Evelyn knows this murderer must be punished for his crime. Before it all, she was a successful attorney who won all the hard cases. Now that the case is personal, Evelyn will stop at nothing to seek her own version of justice. When another girl goes missing, Evelyn plows forward, ignoring the warnings from police detectives, the pleas of her grief-stricken husband, and the strange, almost supernatural tingles that tug at her. But as she follows the stench of evil, Evelyn learns that the hardest thing she will have to face may not be the death of her child after all. Perhaps the harder lesson is this: the ultimate truth--of crime and verdict, of life and death--cannot be swayed by a mother's revenge.
In this first book of a new, page-turning series, a woman will be brought to her limits before she finally recognizes and reconnects with the source of true peace.

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Four Stars

Review: Wonderful analogies and language flourish in James' start to her Lure of the Serpent series. Despite seeking vigilante justice, Evelyn has a vulnerability to her that is charming. Without a strong connection to God, hate and evil can overtake us. This is evident in the vicious cycle that perpetuates abuse spanning generations.

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Unholy Hunger, "Lure of the Serpent" Book 1, by Heather James, is a novel that slaps you in the face and holds you in suspense, as you watch this grieving mother relentlessly pursue what's become her prey, the animal that took her daughter's life. -- Connie Maier, CBA Retailers + Resources

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"Crafted with the poetic precision of a master, Unholy Hunger will keep readers turning pages into the wee hours of the night. Not only has Heather James delivered a deeply emotional story, she has included tons of plot twists and well-researched details that will ring true for those who have endured the tragic loss of a loved one. No doubt, a legion of new fans will be eager to read more from this stellar debut author." Julie Cantrell--New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Into the Free

Product Details

  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0825442915
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (December 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2BT20K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Kelly Klepfer January 15, 2013
I like gritty fiction and the inner workings of minds fascinates me. When I was offered a chance to read Heather James's Unholy Hunger I hesitated, the subject matter is tough and not something I'd ever seek out to fill my brain. I avoid immersing myself in the darker portions of our culture because seeing and reading about the ways people harm themselves and others depresses me. But the intrigue of the book cover copy caused me, knowing up front that the subject matter would be closer to hellish than the heavenlies, to ask for a review copy.

Let me tell you why I strongly liked this short novel. I have to say liked because I don't know that the subject matter could ever put this into the love category for me.

Heather James is an excellent writer. Her prose is tense, tight, snappy and full of sense triggers. Her characters are multidimensional and even though the entire story plays out through the eyes and angst, soul and senses of Evelyn, the reader gets a clear understanding of the motivations and drives of the other characters in the book. Tension pulled at me so the pages turned faster and faster as I both dreaded and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. James handles the subject matter with sensitivity and with grace, giving just enough detail to get the point across without assaulting my heart.

The basic plot-line or skeleton of the story is this... a small child is abducted and murdered and the mother, Evelyn, completely unravels. As Evelyn comes undone she finds the depth of darkness in her own soul and her marriage unhinges, too. But there is more to the story....the flesh and heart of the story, beyond the all too real darkness, is the light that is altogether more powerful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unholy Hunger kept me captivated throughout December 28, 2012
The most important thing to me, even above a book's genre, is how well a book is written. Unholy Hunger by Heather James delivers on exactly that, plus some. Unholy Hunger kept me captivated throughout. I read about a 75-100 books a year, so I can get "bored" with some. However, not a moment while reading Unholy Hunger did I want to skim or skip a page or even a word; every part mattered. The book pulled me in providing suspense, sadness, angst, and even humor. I am looking forward to book two and three. I know Heather James will be THE author to watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Novel January 25, 2013
Heather James' first novel is an excellent piece of work exhibiting the maturity and insight of a much more accomplished author. I admit I don't read much Christian fiction because I find it to be too tame. I do read several hundred books a year of the psychological thriller genre though and so am familiar with what makes good suspense writing. Upon picking up this book I anticipated something pleasant and "safe" by a polite, tame, Christian lady. Imagine my surprise when I found it to be gritty, shocking, powerful, and even a bit uncomfortable. James goes where many writers (Christian or secular) hesitate to venture--into the soul of pedophiles and child-killers. Her protagonist (a grieving mother), while not always likable, was nevertheless realistic and very poignantly portrayed. Don't let the publisher's cheap cover and self-published look fool you--this is the real deal! If you are looking for something that will keep you up at night, check this book out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a page turner! December 28, 2012
I could not put this book down. The story is compelling, the emotions raw, and the characters are realistic. No one asks for bad things to happen to them or their loved ones. Nevertheless, some may wonder how they would react in an agonizing situation involving their children. I found myself relating through the character Evelyn. I could feel her anger and pain and was feeling that all human monsters of this world should be brought to justice, no matter the method. However, justice and revenge do not heal the pain of extraordinary loss. James does an excellent job of portraying a mother who must learn to forgive to keep from becoming a monster herself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner - an author to watch January 14, 2013
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There is no "down time" in this book - it gets you from page one and doesn't let go. I went on a roller-coaster ride with Evelyn Barrett, the main character. At first I wanted to shake her and tell her to wake up, react differently, to do this or not do that. I wanted to scream at her but gradually I found I was completely in sync with her. To me, that said I had read a masterful bit of character development and some mighty fine writing. This novel read more like a short story in that there were no wasted words, no unnecessary bits of action. It all counted and built and by the end I felt like I knew the characters so well that if I met them on the street we could fall right into conversation. I think Heather James is going to be an author we see on the bestseller list for years to come. Since this story wrapped up, as it were, I can't wait to see where volume two takes us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 14, 2013
This is a VERY well written novel that opens with an emotional punch to the gut that nobody wants to experience. It's every parent's worst nightmare, which makes you hesitate when turning the page, BUT I can assure you that your page-turning momentum will grow all the way to the final chapter. You are living in the mind of Evelyn Barrett. Her thoughts and actions become yours, as she attempts to do what the police have been unable to accomplish... find her daughter's killer. What will you do if you find the one who shattered your life and took your laughing, smiling daughter from you forever? Where does the law end, and right and wrong begin? What could you do? How far would you go?

I know my own answer to the questions, having kids of my own, and I wonder if I could do that and live with myself. Then I wonder if I could NOT do it and live with myself. Heather James drags both of these questions by the ear through the the journey of Evelyn Barrett. It's a story told with real struggles and (thankfully, for us readers) with enough clever wit to induce some smiles when you need it.

Read it. Then mark your calendar for the release of book #2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love all the kindle books
I love all the kindle books, I read nightly and enjoy a quick escape. Thank you for getting me back into books! Read more
Published 7 months ago by ally
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay, THAT was awesome.
where do I begin? do I say that this book had me completely pinned? do I tell you that I discussed this book not once but TWICE during two separate meals with people who looked at... Read more
Published 12 months ago by DevonRose
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth tacking the subject matter!
This is one of my favorite books. Heather James’ debut novel shined with a stellar voice. James tackled an extremely tough topic, child abduction and murder. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jessica R. Patch
4.0 out of 5 stars UNHOLY HUNGER
“Unholy Hunger” is a Christian fiction book written by Heather James and published by Kregel Publications. It is BOOK 1 in the “Lure of the Serpent Series”. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Heather James is a star!
I don't like saying so much that it spoils things for this who haven't read the book. What I will say is, READ IT, what a ride!!!!!!!!
Published 15 months ago by Heriberto Flores
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty but not gratuitous
For anyone who's lost a child ... this novel will help you realize you're not alone. At times hard to read due to the subject matter (main character loses her child to a pedophile)... Read more
Published 17 months ago by C.J. Darlington
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad but intriguing read!
This book was a great page turner. The story was well written and has me hoping she will continue to write at this caliber.
Published 22 months ago by Stephen J. Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative with profound prose
Heather James can write, no doubt it! With her word play and gritty style, I expect to hear more from her. I'm not sure the premise and plot had me captivated. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Forestport
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good book
Very compelling and well-written. I wish there was an epilogue. I particularly liked Thatcher as a character. I would read more from this author.
Published 23 months ago by Mom2two
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
It took me a while to actually pick this book up and start reading it. Let me tell you! Once I started reading it, I could not put it down! Read more
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Heather James is an author, attorney, and columnist. Unholy Hunger is the first novel in her Lure of the Serpent Series.


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