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Unholy Hunger (The Lure of the Serpent) by [James, Heather]
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Review: Wonderful analogies and language flourish in James' start to her Lure of the Serpent series. Despite seeking vigilante justice, Evelyn has a vulnerability to her that is charming. Without a strong connection to God, hate and evil can overtake us. This is evident in the vicious cycle that perpetuates abuse spanning generations.

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Unholy Hunger, "Lure of the Serpent" Book 1, by Heather James, is a novel that slaps you in the face and holds you in suspense, as you watch this grieving mother relentlessly pursue what's become her prey, the animal that took her daughter's life. -- Connie Maier, CBA Retailers + Resources

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"Crafted with the poetic precision of a master, Unholy Hunger will keep readers turning pages into the wee hours of the night. Not only has Heather James delivered a deeply emotional story, she has included tons of plot twists and well-researched details that will ring true for those who have endured the tragic loss of a loved one. No doubt, a legion of new fans will be eager to read more from this stellar debut author." Julie Cantrell--New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Into the Free

Product Details

  • File Size: 1325 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (December 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2BT20K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like gritty fiction and the inner workings of minds fascinates me. When I was offered a chance to read Heather James's Unholy Hunger I hesitated, the subject matter is tough and not something I'd ever seek out to fill my brain. I avoid immersing myself in the darker portions of our culture because seeing and reading about the ways people harm themselves and others depresses me. But the intrigue of the book cover copy caused me, knowing up front that the subject matter would be closer to hellish than the heavenlies, to ask for a review copy.

Let me tell you why I strongly liked this short novel. I have to say liked because I don't know that the subject matter could ever put this into the love category for me.

Heather James is an excellent writer. Her prose is tense, tight, snappy and full of sense triggers. Her characters are multidimensional and even though the entire story plays out through the eyes and angst, soul and senses of Evelyn, the reader gets a clear understanding of the motivations and drives of the other characters in the book. Tension pulled at me so the pages turned faster and faster as I both dreaded and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. James handles the subject matter with sensitivity and with grace, giving just enough detail to get the point across without assaulting my heart.

The basic plot-line or skeleton of the story is this... a small child is abducted and murdered and the mother, Evelyn, completely unravels. As Evelyn comes undone she finds the depth of darkness in her own soul and her marriage unhinges, too. But there is more to the story....the flesh and heart of the story, beyond the all too real darkness, is the light that is altogether more powerful.
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There is no "down time" in this book - it gets you from page one and doesn't let go. I went on a roller-coaster ride with Evelyn Barrett, the main character. At first I wanted to shake her and tell her to wake up, react differently, to do this or not do that. I wanted to scream at her but gradually I found I was completely in sync with her. To me, that said I had read a masterful bit of character development and some mighty fine writing. This novel read more like a short story in that there were no wasted words, no unnecessary bits of action. It all counted and built and by the end I felt like I knew the characters so well that if I met them on the street we could fall right into conversation. I think Heather James is going to be an author we see on the bestseller list for years to come. Since this story wrapped up, as it were, I can't wait to see where volume two takes us.
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The most important thing to me, even above a book's genre, is how well a book is written. Unholy Hunger by Heather James delivers on exactly that, plus some. Unholy Hunger kept me captivated throughout. I read about a 75-100 books a year, so I can get "bored" with some. However, not a moment while reading Unholy Hunger did I want to skim or skip a page or even a word; every part mattered. The book pulled me in providing suspense, sadness, angst, and even humor. I am looking forward to book two and three. I know Heather James will be THE author to watch.
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Heather James' first novel is an excellent piece of work exhibiting the maturity and insight of a much more accomplished author. I admit I don't read much Christian fiction because I find it to be too tame. I do read several hundred books a year of the psychological thriller genre though and so am familiar with what makes good suspense writing. Upon picking up this book I anticipated something pleasant and "safe" by a polite, tame, Christian lady. Imagine my surprise when I found it to be gritty, shocking, powerful, and even a bit uncomfortable. James goes where many writers (Christian or secular) hesitate to venture--into the soul of pedophiles and child-killers. Her protagonist (a grieving mother), while not always likable, was nevertheless realistic and very poignantly portrayed. Don't let the publisher's cheap cover and self-published look fool you--this is the real deal! If you are looking for something that will keep you up at night, check this book out.
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I could not put this book down. The story is compelling, the emotions raw, and the characters are realistic. No one asks for bad things to happen to them or their loved ones. Nevertheless, some may wonder how they would react in an agonizing situation involving their children. I found myself relating through the character Evelyn. I could feel her anger and pain and was feeling that all human monsters of this world should be brought to justice, no matter the method. However, justice and revenge do not heal the pain of extraordinary loss. James does an excellent job of portraying a mother who must learn to forgive to keep from becoming a monster herself.
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This is a VERY well written novel that opens with an emotional punch to the gut that nobody wants to experience. It's every parent's worst nightmare, which makes you hesitate when turning the page, BUT I can assure you that your page-turning momentum will grow all the way to the final chapter. You are living in the mind of Evelyn Barrett. Her thoughts and actions become yours, as she attempts to do what the police have been unable to accomplish... find her daughter's killer. What will you do if you find the one who shattered your life and took your laughing, smiling daughter from you forever? Where does the law end, and right and wrong begin? What could you do? How far would you go?

I know my own answer to the questions, having kids of my own, and I wonder if I could do that and live with myself. Then I wonder if I could NOT do it and live with myself. Heather James drags both of these questions by the ear through the the journey of Evelyn Barrett. It's a story told with real struggles and (thankfully, for us readers) with enough clever wit to induce some smiles when you need it.

Read it. Then mark your calendar for the release of book #2.
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