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Posted April 17, 2010
"The Last Word" by Kathy Herman
This is my first introduction to Kathy Herman, but it won't be my last! She delves deeply into the lives and hearts of her characters, revealing their personal thoughts and deep feelings throughout all the turmoil: Vanessa showing up at home pregnant and unmarried; Brill's disappointment in her daughter's lack of morals; her daughter's indecisive decision-making about her future with or without her baby; her youngest daughter's PTSD from a previous trauma (book one: The Real Enemy); her own marriage to her husband and his issues and concerns, finding the deadbeat father of Vanessa's baby; and the safety of her family, her officers, and herself while the murderer is still at large.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kathy's fast-paced rhythm of suspense throughout the book keeps you gripping the pages of this novel till the end. Her use of personal prayers and Scripture makes the book special to me-faith in action. Many of her characters are well-grounded in Scripture and are living it out. For those who aren't, there is always God's grace. This is the type of Christian fiction that endears books to me.
I highly recommend you read this book, but encourage you to start with the first in the series, The Real Enemy. If The Last Word is any indication of her other writings, I'll be reading more!
This book was provided free from Audra at The B & B Media Group, Inc., for my review and blog. I enjoy reading, and blog on books I can feel confident in highly suggesting. Thanks to Audra and B & B Media Group.
Posted October 30, 2009
Thank you to The B & B Media Group, Inc. for my copy of this Christian fiction novel. This is the second installment of the Sophie Trace Trilogy series, and can be read without having read the first as the author nicely fills in all gaps.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The character of Brill is one I connected with in the first book. She's the first female police chief in the town's history. Working in a high pressure position, while being wife to Kurt and mother of three gives her depth. The layered story begins when her teenage daughter comes home from college seven months pregnant, shocking her parents. People begin dropping like flies as a murderer takes revenge, threatens that Brill is next. Talk about a stressful life!
However, there is too much repetition. This character tells that character about a circumstance, and later, the reader reads yet another conversation about the same topic being discussed between two others.
Nonetheless, the book is a worthy read, with a bit of romance and the suspense of tracking a slippery killer. Discussion questions are included.
Posted October 16, 2009
2nd in Sophie Trace trilogy is more suspenseful drama
The Last Word by Kathy Herman is the second book in the Sophie Trace series. Brill Jessup is facing a new series of crises. Her daughter Vanessa has come home from college seven months pregnant, and the baby's father has disappeared. Plus a man she put in prison fifteen years ago is determined to get revenge, but Brill is only his final target, he intends to hurt as many people as possible to get to her. Brill will have to rely on the brilliance from which she acquired her nickname and on her trust in God to make it through. Herman has populated Sophie Trace with several likable small town characters from nosy Tessa to curmudgeonly Gus. She addresses something usually left out in series like this: when a main character becomes the focus of killer after killer, the city council is ready to fire her for the negative media attention as well as the cost in tax dollars. It keeps the series grounded in reality, as does Kurt and Brill's marriage and relationship with their children. The only places the story stalls are when Herman inserts brief sermons on abortion, premarital sex, and salvation. The dialogue there doesn't ring true and seems forced. The climactic salvation exchange is completely different; it's powerful and moving. I definitely look forward to the next book in the series, although I do hope that the Jessup family has a break from the constant threat of violence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2009
The second book in a series
In this second book in the series Brill is caught in a situation that has stress coming at her from every direction, at work an ex-con is out to kill her but before he does that he wants to torture her by killing the policemen on her team first, her collage daughter returns home pregnant with a missing boyfriend, and her youngest daughter is still in the throws of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome from the story in the first book. How can she handle it all? Can she rely on God? Kathy has not disappointed us with this second book. Her characters are well developed and there is enough background included so you won't feel lost if you haven't read the first book of the series. She has really tuned in to the feelings that a middle child would have and the uncertainty resulting from finding herself pregnant and wondering what on earth to do and how to explain it to her Christian parents. Although it is a police drama, it isn't so much about the police department as about the woman who leads it. It shows that no matter what the job, there is a real person with real problems behind the title. This book is about a family and how they rise above terror through their faith and in the process witness to others. Very good readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.