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Pendant Paperback – November 2, 2017
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About the Author
Monsters under the bed never bothered M L Hamilton. But the man hiding in her closet, waiting for her to fall asleep so he could jump out and harm her kept her awake long into the night. She never did figure out who the man was, how he got into her closet, or why he wanted to harm her, but since then she's imagined all sorts of other scary situations that she hopes will form the basis for more mystery and suspense stories. When not writing, Ms. Hamilton enjoys knitting, spending time with her family, and a little amateur photography. She and her husband make their home in Texas.
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12 years ago, Elaine Sutterfeld won the teacher of the year award at Forester Junior High. Then, disaster struck when one of her students disappeared on a field trip. Elaine lost her job—and her reputation. Because of the mysterious circumstances, her detective husband, Roy, pushed the ensuing investigation hard—too hard and lost his job as well. Retreating into herself, Elaine is ruminating on the tragedy, when she suddenly stumbles across a sure clue. Roy reopens the case as a PI, but after a few days, he turns up dead. When someone torches her house, Elaine must flee for her life and live off the grid. But who can she trust? And will she ever find justice and safety?
Some of the characters wrestled with and practiced their faith in middle of trying times - like we all do. And they were true to themselves.
I would read more by Ml Hamilton!
There were so many questions surrounding the case because a body was never found and certain people seemed to want the case buried. Could the student still be alive? Her husband’s renewed probing stirs up trouble. He solved the case, but the cost may have been too high for Elaine, especially now that she cannot find the evidence he has left hidden on a disk, and someone seems to want her dead. Innocent people are being hurt so the pressure is on for her to find it to solve the mystery.
If you enjoy mysteries, I’m sure you will enjoy the recently released Pendant, a quick, intense novel by M. L. Hamilton.
For most of the story, we are in Elaine’s point of view; however, short chapters interspersed throughout get us into the mind of the killer, which leaves us feeling a bit alarmed when Elaine doesn’t recognize the danger she is in. From the start, Hamilton’s story is fast paced. Of course there are chapters when the story within the story helps us slow down just enough to catch our breath before the next complication.
The story is set in Chicago, Illinois, and in Waco, Texas. I like that Elaine is a lady we might know in our own neighborhood, reacting to what life is throwing at her much like I imagine many of us might react. The story made me think about corruption in some of our most trusted agencies and how careful we should be with familiar people whom we may not really know as well as we think we do. I also liked how she wrapped up the story. Despite troubling circumstances or difficult or devastating situations, people may still take away something good from it that can bless others.
My teenage daughter also loved this book.
me reading from beginnimg to end. The characters are so vividly portrayed that I felt like they were my friends. I felt the grief, the fear and the uncertainty right along with Elaine. The story line had twists and turns right up to the end. If you enjoy suspense, this is a book you won’t want to miss. I definitely give it 5 Stars.
I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my unbiased review.