What is it?
Who wrote it?
What did I like?
As per usual, Dee Henderson has crafted a beautiful story full of action, drama, suspense, and romance that ends the way you expect but gets you there in a way you can’t predict. I don’t usually go for romance books, and I don’t usually go for Christian books. But I’ll read a Dee Henderson book, mainly because she does such a wonderful job of making the characters all so different and sympathetic and real that you can’t help but want to get to know them. This book (O’Malley #3) follows Lisa, the forensic pathologist of the family, and expands on her relationship with Quinn Diamond, partner of her US Marshal brother Marcus (featured in The Guardian). There’s not an ounce of fat in Dee Henderson books. Everything you read is essential and engaging, and you just have to keep turning the pages until you find out what happens. Much like The Guardian and The Negotiator (no review, sorry), I couldn’t stop reading until it was done, much to my chagrin as I left my dishes sitting undone on the counter last night.
What didn’t I like?
I love Dee Henderson’s storytelling, and her detail in the different professions is amazing. But my one gripe with this book is the same as my usual gripe with Christian books—the conversion experience. My normal gripe with Christian novels is that the whole book is spent building up this conflict between God and the protagonist, and that’s perfectly fine. But the moment the character decides to become a Christian, the whole world evens out and the book ends. And to a certain extent, Henderson managed to avoid the majority of that because she didn’t solve all the problems in Lisa’s life by her choosing to follow Christ; Lisa just gains a new perspective on the problems in her life. But the whole thing felt too fast—too sudden. But I chalk it up to this being a Christian book, and that’s one of the requirements I think Christian publishers put on their writers.
Should you read it?
Definitely. Dee Henderson is a great writer no matter what book she’s behind, and you won’t ever waste your time by enjoying the characters she has so marvelously crafted. I’m looking forward to the next one.