by Erin Healy
Thomas Nelson (October 2011)
Source: From publisher for review
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Before Audrey was the baker's wife, she was the pastor's wife.
Then a scandalous lie cost her husband a pastoral career. Now the two work side-by-side running a bakery, serving coffee, and baking fresh bread. But the hurt still pulls at Audrey.
Driving early one morning to the bakery, Audrey's car strikes something-or someone-at a fog-shrouded intersection. She finds a motor scooter belonging to a local teacher. Blood is everywhere, but there's no trace of a body.
Both the scooter and the blood belong to detective Jack Mansfield's wife, and he's certain that Audrey is behind Julie's disappearance.
But the case dead-ends and the detective spirals into madness. When he takes her family and some patrons hostage at the bakery, Audrey is left with a soul-damaged ex-con and a cynical teen to solve the mystery. And she'll never manage that unless she taps into something she would rather leave behind-her excruciating ability to feel other's pain.
Another thing I liked was the suspense. I thought Ms. Healy did a fantastic job with keeping readers in suspense as the mystery unfolded. The beginning did start off slow but from the moment Audrey was in a car accident on an early foggy morning and found a very bloody scene without a body, I was hooked! I couldn't stop reading until I found out every little detail about who, why, what, and how everything happened. In the end there were a couple unanswered questions, but it was still pretty satisfying to finally understand why/how certain things happened.
One thing I did find odd was Audrey's ability to literally feel other people's pain. At first I didn't like the idea because it seemed a little more on the paranormal side, but then once I read the author's reason for giving Audrey this gift it made a lot more sense to me. Now that I think of it, the gift did add a lot to the story and made things more interesting.
Overall, I thought this was a great read. I might not end up rereading it in the future but I would definitely recommend it to those who like Christian mystery/suspense.
About Erin Healy
She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding storiesbefore their collaboration on Kiss, the first novel to seat her on “the other side of the desk.”
Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. She lives with her family in Colorado.