The Real Enemy (Sophie Trace Trilogy Book #1)

The Real Enemy (Sophie Trace Trilogy Book #1)

by Kathy Herman

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Overview

Brill Jessup would rather work than deal with the bitterness she feels about her husband Kurt's infidelity. They've made a fresh start with Brill taking a job as the new police chief in a small East Tennessee town. Kurt is genuinely contrite and making every effort to show his commitment to Brill. Meanwhile Emily, their nine-year-old, is being the perfect little girl, as if she can make everything okay again. So why can't Brill get over this anger? Work presents the perfect distraction as rumors and superstition are running rampant in the wake of the disappearances of seven people in seven days. As fear rises in the community, Brill works desperately to solve the mystery . . . until it threatens her family and she is forced to confront the real enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493421091
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: Sophie Trace Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 688,771
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Bestselling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written twenty novels--including Not by Sight, the Sophie Trace trilogy, and the Secrets of the Roux River Bayou Series--since retiring from her family's Christian retail store in Tyler, Texas. She and her late husband, Paul, have three grown children. Kathy now lives in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at www.kathyherman.com.
Bestselling suspense novelist Kathy Herman (www.kathyherman.com) has written twenty novels--including Not by Sight, the Sophie Trace trilogy, and the Secrets of the Roux River Bayou Series--since retiring from her family's Christian retail store in Tyler, Texas. She and her late husband, Paul, have three grown children. Kathy now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Real Enemy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
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.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
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.
smilingsally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
heidip on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I sat down on the couch last night, and I couldn't put the book down. It was a nice distraction from life. Brill is the new Chief of Police in a small town. She, her husband, and youngest daughter have moved to the new location to start over after her husband's infidelity. Her husband, Kurt, is really working to rebuild their marriage, but Brill is having trouble overcoming the bitterness in her heart. Throw in a rash of kidnappings and things start to get ugly in the small town of Sophie Trace.
msh09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the mystery of the book, but more than that, I enjoyed the way Kathy Herman brought in the family dynamics involved in an affair that rocks the family and the the affects of it for each member of the family. I wasn't sure going into the book and was very pleased with how well the author dealt with it. So real and raw, showing how each member of the family is affected and how the resulting emotions can sometimes bring further turmoil to the family. The ending is well-done with the mystery as well as the family drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books. Every one I have read makes me ready for another one. They keep you on the edge but make you feel blessed at the same time knowing God is in control
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mystery side of the story is good but I'm finding the marital discord story long and tedious. Her husband commits adultery but she's not allowed to deal with the betrayal in her own time. He's ready for things to be back to be back the way they were, and can't understand why she doesn't feel the same. I sometimes get the impression that since he's asked God for forgiveness and his wife isn't ready to forgive him that she's considered to be the bad guy and he's now the victim. Not sure if I'll read the next books.
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webolady More than 1 year ago
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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TRUEBLOOD More than 1 year ago
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.
BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
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.