The sudden explosion of barking as she passed a house startled her, causing her to lose her balance and twist her ankle. As she limped home, she imagined rabid dogs sneaking up on her and breathed a sigh of relief when a car full of teasing teenagers finally drove away. When he pulled up, Alexis felt as though she had been delivered. He was the man who owned Peanut, a dog she played with all of the time. He would take her home. Alexis, however, had no idea who she was getting into that car with. No one in his present life did.
Patricia Bell's Christian novel of suspense, A Light in the Darkness: A Canyon Rock Series, Book 1, is an intriguing and well-written police procedural that follows Canyon Rock Chief of Police Erika Granger as she tries to locate a seven-year-old who went missing in the night. Bell's characters, particularly the plucky and resourceful Alexis and the tormented abductor, Shawn, are finely developed and credible, and her story is fast-paced and compelling. The author's focus on families and inter-familial relationships also serves to heighten reader involvement in a story that feels quite real. A Light in the Darkness: A Canyon Rock Series, Book 1 is highly recommended.