- File Size: 5243 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Strand Press (November 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018BYURLS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 3.5 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. The story itself is very well-told. I do wish Alana's abduction was not left unresolved, especially since we're told that this is a stand-alone story. Setting is believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. This book has good consistency in timeline within itself, but not so much with the previous books in the series: the party that ends books 1 and 2 and begins this one was originally described as 6 months after May, which would be November -- but in this book, several weeks after that party, it's October (preseason basketball and Canadian Thanksgiving) and we don't hit November till nearly the end of the book.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Melanie was abducted at age 16, and 14 years later is obsessed with making herself safe. She falls apart a bit when she realizes that even her extreme preparation is not a guarantee of safety. Tyler is a double amputee with 2 prosthetic legs. Most of the time it's just his new normal, but he does carry doubts about its effect on romantic relationships. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. The friendships and interactions with coworkers and family members are well done. I enjoyed the contrast between Tyler's mom and Melanie's mom, though her mom aggravated me.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.5 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, and silly errors. "Center" was oddly capitalized twice, and the second time I figured that it had been automatically set to capitalize because of the frequency of it being used to describe Melanie's workplace, and no one noticed when it was meant to be used normally. Oops. Also several typos that were unintentionally humorous and kind of ruined the intended mood of the scenes they were in: 'hip lips' and 'sole-wrenching.' Oops again. Good use of POV (Melanie and Tyler). Generally skillful writing.
Redeeming Value: 4.5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Tyler very clearly relies on God for help and direction. He's not shy about praying for people, and his prayers for Melanie are a big part of drawing her to an actual relationship with God, not just occasional church attendance. She follows his example by praying for Justin, passing on the peace. Includes a sermon on why bad things happen to good people, which was well done without being beleaguered. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though we get vague references to the traumas that left Tyler and Simon amputees, and the harrowing 2 weeks when Melanie was abducted by a sex-trafficking ring. Also several rude men who come on to Melanie, one she has to threaten to get to leave.
Personal Enjoyment: 4.5 -- I loved it. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. One I'll definitely read again.
I read the book in a day as I didn't want to put it down and then was disappointed when it ended. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
However I thought that the seriousness of the hero’s disability needed two things that are absent or not sufficiently developed in the story: more details about the circumstances where the injury happened and the impact of it in everyday life. I would like to have seen these aspects more deeply incorporated in the plot than they were.
“…his gait easy and sure” – well, I have my doubts, but I guess the author did her research and knows what she’s talking about.
I also thought that the hero – a really attractive man – was too much in peace with his condition(perhaps that’s a result of his faith).