Kidnapping. Torment. Torture. And yes, forgiveness.
Janet Sketchley’s first novel is not for the faint of heart.
Heaven’s Prey is powerful, intense, and gripping. This is definitely not a whitewashed happily-ever-after story.
The author aims straight for the reader’s emotions. Sadness. Empathy. Admiration. Disbelief. Anxiety. Fear. All with a pinprick of hope.
Though I am not as courageous as the protagonist, Janet did an excellent job of transporting me into Ruth’s skin. I was right there with her. She challenged me to become a better person, a braver person.
The characters and the situation are three-dimensional and believable. It was all “very real.”
Even with a cathartic ending, the author acknowledges that some things this side of heaven cannot be tied up with a pretty bow.
I will be on the look out for Janet’s next novel.
“A smile whispered over his lips.”
“Tumbling into her compassionate gaze . . .”
“He tasted like sunshine and joy and forever.”
I dog-eared pages in Sandra Orchard’s Perilous Waters so I wouldn’t forget the phrases I loved – like those above. (And this is a first.)
“So, what’s the story actually about?” you ask.
What happens when you mix an Alaskan cruise and a mystery about art theft?
Art. Adventure. Attacks.
Family. Falsehood. Fear.
Suspicion. Secrets. Set-ups.
Can Jen trust her uncle? Her sister? Sam, the man she’s falling for?
Perilous Waters would make a great summer read while you’re relaxing on the beach. It might not, however, be your best choice if you’re going on a cruise and have an active imagination.
Kyla had it all.
Or did she?
In her novel What Lies Within, author Karen Ball explores one young woman’s journey to discovering what really matters in life.
It has been said that life isn’t worth living until we find something worth dying for.
The protagonist comes face to face with this truth in Book 3 of the Family Honor Series. (As the author notes, you don’t have to read the other two books before reading this one.)
I admire Kyla’s tenacity and Rafe’s commitment, but my favourite character is Fredrik Tischler. I would love to sit down with him and discuss matters of faith. I can hear him say, “I’m Jewish. I’m in a temple. I should do something else?” (This is one of his first lines in the book.)
Each character is unique and well-developed. They are real people.
The story has many twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the end. I love that.
I would very much like to read more of Karen’s books.
I am 100 percent certain I will never get to the end of my To Be Read list, but that’s okay.
What’s on your summer reading list?