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Posted April 17, 2010
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.
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 January 3, 2010
The Last Word is the second book in the Sophie Trace Trilogy, and it is filled with high-tension suspense and unforgettable characters that tug at your heart. Police chief Brill Jessup is the target of a vicious killer, and the safety of the entire family becomes the main focus of the story. Then her 20 year old daughter Vanessa comes home from college seven months pregnant and abandoned by the father of the baby, her college professor. All this happens as the family is still trying to come to terms and healing from a previous hostage taking event that involved their 10 year old daughter, Emily. The intense drama and life changing decisions kept me from putting this book down until I was finished. I was immediately drawn into the lives of this family and all they were going through. This story demonstrates how faith in God and a strong love for each other will give the strength and courage to make the right decisions, no matter what. This is a story of God's love for all who are broken, no matter how much of a mess they have made. Thank you to B & B Media Group for providing a complimentary review copy of this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
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 21, 2009
I've finished reading The Last Word, book two of the Sophie Trace Trilogy by Kathy Herman. I had been excited for this to come out after reading book one The Real Enemy. I was not disappointed! This is another great read, and I found it hard to put down.
Sophie Trace Chief of Police Brill Jessup must be on guard at all times because someone she convicted years ago is now out of prison and has threatened Brill. He's already gone after others and Brill is next on his list. Besides this danger, Brill's daughter Vanessa comes home from college seven months pregnant. I thought the author did an excellent job telling this story and making a strong point through the book about the importance of the witnessing as Christians.
One thing that I liked about this second book of the series is that the author did not spend pages and pages referring to the first book. She did make mention of events from book one. It wasn't necessary to read book one to enjoy this book though. I've read some books in a series that I feel spend too much time repeating what happened in previous books which is information I don't want to reread. I really liked how Kathy Herman mentioned things from book one but didn't dwell on it in great detail.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to number three!
This review don't not reflect on the author of this book. Its not that I didn't like the book because I did but when I decided to review it I did not realize that it was book two in a series. I hate jumping into the middle of a series even if it does stand alone. It keeps referring back to things that I can only assume was from book one, like a hostage situation.
I have read books from Kathy Herman before and I really liked them. So this has no bearing on her as a author. I also think that I have just read to many light suspense novels lately that I am looking for something a little more hardcore.
Its a nice Christian book and Kathy Herman does a great job with balancing a family crisis and a mad killer on the loose at the same time. One thing that I really liked about this book was a female Police Chief, I think it gave it a bit of a different edge. Brill is trying to deal with running the police department, watch her own back and deal with her pregnant daughter.
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Posted October 16, 2009
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
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.
Posted September 5, 2009
In the Smoky Mountains, in the town of Sophie Trace Police Chief Brill Jessup is despondent that one of her officers Detective Sean O'Toole was stabbed in the PD building's secure area and her former partner Zack Rogers was killed in Memphis. She knows the knife wielding killer is eventually coming for her as he told O'Toole that, but Brill remains hesitant as to what to do.
However, her options change when her daughter Vanessa, a college sophomore, comes home pregnant. Vanessa explains to her mom that the father Professor Ty Nicholson wanted her to abort the unborn, but she refused; so the dad walked. Brill is grateful her daughter did not fold under pressure, but also fears for the lives of Vanessa and her unborn grandchild as they make perfect targets forthe killer. As the Mayor, the media and the public criticize the chief, Brill plans to do the right thing for her family and the community.
The second Sophie Trace police procedural (see THE REAL ENEMY) is an exciting inspirational thriller that runs on two strong subplots that converge on Brill. The killer is coming for the heroine and others which makes for a tense tale as Brill prepares for the assault while keeping friends, family and the community safe; her dispute with the mayor seems unnecessary as the psychopath is all the tautness needed. The subplot with her daughter and Ty has a neat spin that will stun the audience. THE LAST WORD is that Kathy Herman has written another deep stirring tale.