In this contemporary novel by a bestselling author, Nick Barret is led back to Charleston by a mysterious note to search for answers about the mother ...Show synopsisIn this contemporary novel by a bestselling author, Nick Barret is led back to Charleston by a mysterious note to search for answers about the mother who abandoned him. In his search he not only learns the truth about his mother, but he also discovers the perfect love of God.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. Tyndale Audio 2001 Abridged Edition In publisher's shrink...New. Tyndale Audio 2001 Abridged Edition In publisher's shrink wrap. From When he's hot, no one can craft a good Christian suspense novel like this prolific bestselling author, and readers will be delighted to find him in top form here. From the opening pages, Brouwer spins a riveting tale of intrigue and deceit set against the contemporary backdrop of wealthy Charleston. Nicholas Barrett is abandoned by the women he loves the most: first by his mother, who deserts him as a child, and later by his wife of only four days. Crippled in an accident that costs him everything he holds dear, Nick returns from global wanderings years later determined to discover the shattering truth about his past and to extract revenge. He doesn't expect to find God. Strong themes about toxic family secrets and the power of forgiveness frame the plot, and Brouwer's vivid imagery is fresh and engaging. The characters' clipped, almost courtly dialogue occasionally flirts with stiffness, but fans of Brouwer's writing will find this comfortingly familiar. He sprinkles his story with just enough startling revelations to propel the reader on to the next page without giving too much away. Brouwer's portrayal of Nick wrestling with questions of life and faith is a tad forced, and he sometimes drags the pace with too much travelogue and philosophical reflection. But the unexpected plot twists and a strong finish will please his fans, who will find it difficult to put this novel down. (May)Forecast: Brouwer's CBA reader has grown tremendously since he began writing Christian fiction for adults in 1995. For this, his 10th adult novel, Tyndale has a $100, 000 marketing budget and an initial press run of 20, 000 copies. Expect predictable interest and sales. 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. From BooklistBrouwer's hero, Nick Barrett, is an amateur astronomer teaching at a junior college in Santa Fe. He receives an unsigned letter summoning him home to Charleston on the promise that the mystery of his mother's disappearance will at last be solved, not to mention the mystery of what really happened the night a teenage Nick was in an automobile accident. Years earlier, several of the oldest families of Charleston objected to the "white trash" Nick marrying one of their finest young debutantes. They settled an income on Nick and promised not to pursue a manslaughter charge for the young man killed in the car accident if Nick would agree to an annulment and leave town. Both events have angered and embittered Nick--turned him into an agnostic, in fact. In a search for the facts that is also a spiritual search, Nick discovers that the past he has accepted to be true is not the entire story. Unfortunately, the well-regarded Brouwer's usually fine sense of narrative seems strained here, and his denouement gathers all the principals in a set piece that seems dated, rather like an Agatha Christie drawing-room scene. Still, run-of-the-mill Brouwer is more interesting than many another writer's best effort, and several scenes--the attack of a rottweiler and a near-drowning--will leave you in a cold sweat. John Mort ¬ American Library Association. All rights reserved.
I had previously read Lies of Saints which is book 3 in this series, which I thoroughly enjoyed as I had never read anything by this author. I ordered Out of the Shadows which is book 1. I had a harder time getting into this book. Would read a little, set it down for a while, read more later. It isn't a bad book, just not as much going to keep my interest up.
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