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The Real Enemy

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    Good mystery!

    This is a great mystery / suspense book that kept me guessing for awhile. We have a "family" that moves to a new town so mom can be the new police chief. Mom and Dad are living together but separately just so they can raise their daughter as a couple. Dad cheated on Mom and almost ruined thier marriage. Can they live in peace? Now that Mom is on the force, crazy stuff starts happening... people start disappearing without a trace. Are they alive, dead, kidnapped??? Locals believe that an old legend has come to life and is taking vengence on those in town. What's happening and can Mom stop it? Can Dad save the marriage? Can Mom figure out who the "Real Enemy" is?

    Well written with just the right amount of tension, mystery and resolution.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    First in Sophie Trace trilogy a real page turner

    The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman is the first book in the Sophie Trace trilogy. Police Chief Brill Jessup moved her family from Memphis, Tennessee to the small town of Sophie Trace to get away from the bitter reminders of her husband's betrayal. Kurt and Brill have decided to remain together for the sake of their nine-year old daughter, Emily, but it's a marriage in name only, and they both struggle to keep up the facade. Brill's tested in her first day on the job when a citizen disappears, seemingly off the face of the earth with no evidence as to how or why. In the succeeding six days, six more people disappear, and now, not only is her marriage in jeopardy, but her job is as well. Brill, Kurt, and Emily are all terrific characters, well-rounded and interesting, and the plot is full of twists and turns. The investigation is hindered by a local legend of angry Cherokee ghosts avenging the loss of their land, so the town of Sophie Trace becomes its own character. There's a profound message of forgiveness and temptation that Herman handles with flair. My only complaint with this thriller is that the reconciliation at the end of the novel seems to come out of the nowhere. I felt like I had missed a chapter because of the 180 degree turn in attitudes. That said, I plan on returning to Sophie Trace soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Brain Teaser

    This is my favorite type of book to read. Written in third-person narrative, this Christian fiction thriller keeps the reader on edge. The plot is a brain teaser. I loved it!

    Brill Jessup, the protagonist, comes across as a believable chief of police as she works 24/7 with the Sheriff and the FBI on a case that seems impossible to crack. Meanwhile, she does her best to ignore her husband, who strayed. One of the themes of this book is bitterness--the inability to forgive, a topic that will cause most people to relate. At times, I fully supported Brill, while other times, I wanted to sit her down for a heart-to-heart.

    On the other hand, Emily, Brill's precocious nine-year-old daughter is written too flat, and several times I had trouble believing that any child, no matter how bright, would speak and act this way. That being said, it still is a terrific book and well worth the read. Discussion questions are included.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Loved it

    I haven't really done much reading for years. While in a book store this book caught my eye and I purchased it. Oh my gosh...This was last May and I have read 8 Christian fictions since then. I really liked this book and plan to read the rest of this series.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

    True clean read

    There are those days that something speaks and you just have to listen, the Lord lead me to this book and I have truly enjoyed the journey it took me on. I don't know what I do if the same situation were put upon me, but I would pray and hope that my Lord would walk me through too.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    First book of the Sophie Trace Series -- wonderful!

    Brill Jessup is the first woman police chief in the small town of Sophie Trace. Brill is still moving in her new office when she has her first big case of small town living -- people are disappearing.

    In addition to the strained relationship with her husband, who had a one-night stand, Brill struggles with stress and tension of her new job.

    Kathy Herman has written a fine suspense novel. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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