- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142671467X
- ISBN-13: 978-1426714672
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
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Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas. Learn more about him by visiting AceCollins.com.
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**LitFuse sent me a free copy of this book as part of its blog tour. I wasn't paid for this review, and wasn't required to post positively.**
Some 12,000 people are killed by drunk drivers each year (characters in the book remind us - more than once). And many never end up serving prison time. Hence, the plot for this novel.
Evil is a prominent theme in the book. Evil is destroying Meg's heart. And there is a parallel to the evil of cancer destroying a patient in the hospital, Nancy, whom Meg comes to like. Nancy refuses pain pills because she wants to experience all of life. Meg doesn't want to feel anything.
Nancy contributes an interesting argument about, if God is good, why is there evil in the world? God has not caused the cancer from which she is dying, Nancy says. God gave man control over the earth because he demanded it. Man invited evil to the earth and we have been suffering ever since.
This is a dark novel. Meg is bent on revenge for 87% of the book (ah, the joys of reading a digital edition). Granted, there is a redeeming end to the book. It was a transforming experience, as God's work is, but the rest of the book was hard for me to read. It was just dark. I wanted to quit, but had promised to read the book for this review.
And frankly, I did not think this novel was well written. There were sentences or descriptions that were unnecessary. For example, Meg is buying a yellow rose and the clerk says, "This one will only cost you $2.75 plus tax. Let me see, the total is $2.93." That does not add to the plot or even the scene, at all. Here's another, "Meg walked the four feet to where Jan stood." Four feet? That added nothing to the scene. I could give many more examples of odd additions to the text that seemed to be added only for word count, not to really move the novel along.
This is certainly not Ace's best work. I have read others works by him and am a bit puzzled about this one. This book could have benefited from additional editing.
And I am always intrigued when a male author writes a female lead character (or vice versa). That one presumes to know the opposite sex so well as to write their thoughts, well, that's quite a presumption. I don't think Ace got it right in this novel. I don't think we women would become the revengeful Meg. A man, maybe, but not a woman.
If you like to read a novel that is mostly about all the bad things a person bent on revenge wants to do, a novel where the person is transformed near the end, then this novel is for you.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
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