About the Book
She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.
Carrie Carter’s small café in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her, to Carrie’s chagrin.
When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carrie’s own painful past becomes all to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.
Will the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?
This was an intriguing storyline that capitalizes on complex and soulful characters and a fast-paced, suspense filled plot. The cast of characters are all survivors of a past wrought with hurt and feelings of abandonment, but together they have forged a community of support and stability. Carrie is a nurturing heroine who selflessly gives of herself without becoming a pushover. Greg is plagues with feelings of guilt and mourning but has begun to awaken from the purposeless haze permeating his life.
I found the cult storyline to be very interesting. Gayle takes a risk by examining life in a cult: the abuse, brainwashing, oppression, and terror that binds followers to their self-ordained leader. This portion of the novel was executed very well and steadily built suspense and maintained a steady pace. The amount of detail provided was appropriate for a cozy mystery, but I found myself wanting to know more about life on the compound.
It is important for contemporary writers to make societal and cultural references that feel authentic and accurate. My one complain with this book is that at certain moments felt like it was trying too hard to be current and, dare I say, hip. There is an army of “tweeters” and “facebookers” that come appear as a flash mob and antagonize Carrie and Greg with their insatiable curiosity and desire to solve mysteries beyond their expertise. This technologically savvy gang didn’t feel as true representations of my experience with Twitter and Facebook and the disconnect may be a result of the author not having a personal experience with these social networking mediums.
An interesting read for those looking for a strong Christian suspense novel.
**Book provided via Blogging For Books review program**