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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Redemption by Laurel Dewey (Book Review)

Title: Redemption
Author: Laurel Dewey
Publisher: The Story Plant

After a series of life-changing events, detective Jane Perry has resigned from the Denver Police Department. Trying to make a living as a private investigator, she finds her past haunting her at every turn and old demons rising up to torment her.

Then Jane meets Kit Clark, a woman who wants Jane to drive with her from Colorado to Northern California in search of a man who matches the description of the killer who murdered her granddaughter many years before. Kit’s convinced that the man has started to kill again and she wants to stop him. Jane thinks the woman is crazy—especially when she discovers that she’s a New Age devotee—but Jane is desperate for work. They head on the road, gathering critical information about the killer, and themselves, along the way. Jane has recently experienced several events in her life that seem to border on the paranormal, though she is a complete skeptic in that regard. Now, those experiences come with greater frequency. And when the trail of the killer leads to a fundamentalist church, the consequences of belief and faith propel her toward a deadly confrontation.

Once again, Laurel Dewey has created a novel as rich in character as it is in suspense. Juxtaposing spirituality and religion, mission and manipulation, revenge and redemption, this powerful, taut mystery confirms the author as a top-flight storyteller and promises to resonate in your soul.


My Thoughts: This book is the second in a series about tough ex-cop turned Private Eye - Jane Perry.  I liked that there was enough background in this story that you did not have to read the first book, Protector, to understand the character. (However, it did leave me wanting to go back and read Protector now!)

I like books that have strong females and Jane is tough.  She is a recovering alcoholic and everything about her personality and her profession stems from the abuse she suffered at the hands offrom her step-father as a child.  Then we have Kit (Katherine) Clark who is also a strong character, but I think her strength comes from trying to find justice for her granddaughter, who was raped and murdered at fourteen. She is a New-Ager, and while it was interesting to learn a little about that, it is not something that I believe in.

These women embark on a journey to California to try to help find a missing child.  Jane is still haunted by the death of a child she was unable to prevent and Kit is sure that the missing girl has been abducted by the same man who killed her granddaughter. I think this is where the title Redemption comes in.  Jane is trying to get redemption for the child who died, as is Kit with her granddaughter - but they are both working for redemption of the child who is currently missing.

I had no trouble flying through this book. I found it to hard to put down and am looking forward to more from Laurel Dewey. 

~I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review for Pump Up Your Book Tours.~
Redemption
Publisher/Publication Date: The Story Plant, Reprint - March 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9816087-5-4
381 pages




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