Relentless Pursuit by Kathy Herman
Suspense, mystery, a hint of romance. Usually this combination makes a great read for me. Unfortunately, this read didn't live up to my expectations.
Kathy Herman is the author of several mystery/suspense series in the Christian fiction genre. She is one of those authors I know I've read before, but I can't remember any details. Relentless Pursuit is the third and final in one of her series.
As a stand alone novel, Relentless Pursuit was readable. It was easy to pick up the flow of the story even though I hadn't read the previous books in the series. And, although earlier story lines were referenced, it didn't make this read hard to understand. In this novel, Sax Henry is searching for his sister whom he has not seen in over 20 years. He is hoping to find forgiveness and restoration from a difficult past. In an alternate story line, Emily Jessup finds herself comforting her new found friend Chance when his parents are killed as part of a cyanide poisoning in their small New Orleans town.
What I enjoyed:
1. The little town of Les Barbes. I liked the New Orleans flavor and culture throughout the story.
2. The two separate but equally important and sometimes overlapping stories. I often don't enjoy this style of writing, but in this book, it really did flow and add some depth to the read.
What I didn't like:
1. Flat characters. I didn't feel like I really got to "know" any of the characters. I felt very few connections, and it seemed that they just were two dimensional.
2. Predictability. By the middle of the book, I could predict the ending of both story lines. I thought this made the book dry and not very interesting.
3. Unreal reactions and dialogue. I really don't like it when the characters say and do things that are totally unrealistic. Forced preachy dialogue is one of my pet peeves when reading Christian fiction. And when characters react in a way that seems forced to fit the book, I don't like it.
I really didn't like this one. I give it a 3.5 stars and a PG rating for some suspense.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.