Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Edge of Recall

Title: Edge of Recall
Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Publisher: Bethany House 2008
412 pages

Review: Four out of five cups of tea.

Back of Book Description (backmatter):

Tessa Young is a landscape architect who specializes in the design and creation of labyrinths. For years she has immersed herself in the healing aspects of these elaborate structures, searching for God and hoping to make sense of the nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

When Smith Chandler, a colleague who once betrayed her, offers an opportunity to reconstruct a remarkable Colonial-era labyrinth, she can't resist this project of a lifetime. But one evening, as dusk falls, an assailant ambushes Tessa and Smith and the real nightmare begins.


I picked this book up not really having any strong feeling about it. I guess it was the backmatter that interested me. About ten minutes into the reading I was hooked. This was a well written book with just the right amount of creepyness to keep you turning the pages.

The dialogue was good and the spiritual message was sound. Since there is a lot of renewed interest in labyrinths as a spiritual path to God, Kristen Heitzmann draws the reader into a deeper understanding of the perils of trusting in "man-made" paths to God. I will admit that there were many times while reading this novel that I was scared.

I would recommend this novel.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Well here we go!

I decided to begin this blog to help other readers like me who hesitate to buy a book because they are afraid that they will get well into it and then discover that there if a problem with the book, ie. language content or poor plot development. I realize that so much of our reading enjoyment comes from our personal preferences, but nothing drives me more crazy then to invest time and money into a book only to end up tossing it in the trash because the author doesn't understand that using Jesus' name in a curse is not only wrong, but totally unnecessary to the story development. So if you are like me and long to settle down with a good book and read, read, and read some more, I hope my blog helps you.