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- Publisher: Three Strand Press (December 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7LHPB7
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A Sense of Security: A Christian Romance (BlackThorpe Security Book 6) Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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-Marcus: the way in which he was described in the previous books made me think that he was this "tough as nails" character. However, in this book, I felt like he was "softer" than I thought he would be. Perhaps the author chose to show another side of Marcus.
-Alicia: poor girl. She has been through so much. I do applaud her for trying to maintain a relationship with her mom. What I did not like about her was the way she totally latched onto the thought that "only" Marcus could fulfill the security need she had. This really bothers me.
-The mastermind: I have to agree with a previous reviewer's feelings about the mastermind. It was a letdown. For someone that did all of this damage, his demise was anticlimactic. SPOILER: killed by the BlackThorpe team. Kind of expected. I had hoped that there would be more of an explanation (aka a confrontation between Marcus & the mastermind) of why the mastermind did what he did, but the only reason given was due to the mastermind's company losing a bid to BlackThorpe.
-the romance between Alicia & Marcus: It just wasn't there for me. It felt forced. In some of the other books, I felt like the romance was more organic between the main characters.
I guess I expected more since this was the last book in the series. I feel bad that my review wasn't more uplifting or encouraging. My apologies to the author. BTW, I am enjoying her Fostered by Love series.
(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: 4.5 -- Plot has many unique elements, no major holes, and a sense of focus. This was an enjoyable conclusion to the series. The relationship elements meshed well with the overarching background menace that followed through the whole series. Though things wrapped up with a little less detail than I'd prefer. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. At one point it says Alicia had worked for Marcus for less than 2 months, when by my count it was still less than 1 month. So the statement felt misleading, though perhaps not technically wrong. We're never given specific months or dates, just it's nearing Christmas at the very end; I worked back from there.
Characters: 4.5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. I definitely felt I could relate to both Alicia and Marcus in various ways, and they connect to each other in believable ways. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Many of the minor characters here were stars of their own books, and I got to known them there. I'm not sure how well-developed they would all seem based on just this book. Meredith and Derek are new characters, and they were fairly well-written, but I remained a bit confused as to who Eli was, so some more detail on him would've been nice. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. Several actual typos (known where it should be know, bubble that should be bubbly, etc) and obviously missing or displaced punctuation marks. Also as a number of sentences that I would've added commas to or phrased differently for clarity’s sake. A few minor repetitions or contradictions, probable symptoms of shuffling scenes around while revising. Good use of POV (Alicia and Marcus). Generally skillful writing.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Both Marcus and Alicia skirt the edges of truth, and battle their consciences over not being perfectly honest -- and in the end find that the truth does set them free. This is particularly true for Alicia. Marcus has avoided forming a personal relationship with God since his family tragedy, but when confronted with the very real possibility of death, remembered Alex's lessons on the subject and came to faith. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, but weapons training, self-defense, and even offensive attacks are accepted parts of the daily lives of BlackThorpe employees. They do express regret at causing death, but seem to feel they have no choice in the circumstances.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining. I’d enjoy reading it again.