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Face of Betrayal – by Lis Wiehl

<em>Face of Betrayal </em>is a great first novel from Lis Wiehl, someone fans of the Fox News Channel are very familiar with! The story has a “ripped from the headlines” feel as three friends investigate the disappearance of 17 year old Senate page Katie Converse. As they delve into the case, they discover disturbing clues from Katie’s blog pointing a mysterious relationship with a much older man. The friends race to piece together the puzzle of who he is and what happened to Katie.
Lis gives the reader a unique perspective on the story because it is told from three different viewpoints – prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI agent Nicole Hodges, and reporter Cassidy Shaw. The storyline is good and takes some surprising twists. Lis also takes you into the personal lives of each of the characters, and she leaves several loose ends that left me wanting to know more. It’s a great book – if I had any complaints, it’s the fact that there were a few minor details, and one very short scene in particular, that I would rather not see in a Christian book.
Overall, I really enjoyed <em>Face of Betrayal</em>, and I hope that I get the opportunity to review Lis’ next Triple Threat novel, <em>Hand of Fate</em>, due out in April 2010.

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The Rivers Run Dry – by Sibella Giorello

Raleigh Harmon’s life is not going well. A disciplinary transfer lands the Southern FBI agent far from home in Seattle with an egotistical supervisor. Add to the mix her mom, who has moved with her to live with the quirky sister of Raleigh’s deceased father, and the disappearance of a young hiker who may have been kidnapped, and things gets a little crazy.
I really enjoyed “The Rivers Run Dry.” It includes quite an interesting cast of characters, from Raleigh’s New Age aunt and her friend Claire the Clairovyant, who is all too eager to help Raleigh solve a case – and leads to to some pretty funny episodes; to the ever-evolving list of suspects in the disappearance; to Raleigh’s quirky co-workers and sometimes confusing boss. Not only is a great mystery with lots of surprises, but Sibella Giorello’s writing style is beautifully descriptive. You can picture each scene is vivid detail. So often, especially when reading a mystery, I feel compelled to keep going simply by the plot – rarely do I find a book with not only a good plot, but one whose poetic language drives me to keep reading and keep enjoying it. This was a great introduction to Giorello’s work, and I look forward to reading her next Raleigh Harmon novel, due out next year.

Kiss – by Ted Dekker

I am a huge Ted Dekker fan, so I was really excited to get Kiss. It’s a great book, and it’s one that any mystery fan will love, even those who don’t usually like the intensity of some of Dekker’s other books. It’s suspenseful, exciting, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story begins with Shauna, the main character, getting ready to confront her father with allegations that, if true, will be shattering, especially since her father is ahead in the polls in his race for President. Her plans to confront him are in place…until a car accident leaves her in a coma. She wakes up unable to remember the last 6 months of her life. As more details are revealed to her, things go from bad to worse. She is blamed for the accident and accused of being involved in drugs. Despite her memory loss, Shauana is convinced that all is not as it seems. As the story unfolds, Shauana is fighting not only to clear her name, but also to find out what she researching and who is behind the attempts to cover it up. She also battles to repair her strained relationship with her father, fearing whether her quest for the truth will do to further damage. To further complicate the situation, Shauna’s coma has enabled her with a strange new gift, but she wonders whether it is a blessing or a curse. I really enjoyed Kiss and am already to looking forward to the next book coauthored by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy, Burn, which will be out next year.

The Unseen – by T.L. Hines

The Unseen is the first book I’ve read by T.L. Hines, and I look forward to reading more! The plot twists and turns keep you guessing until the very last page. When the book begins, you start to get an idea of just who Lucas, the main character is…then you very quickly learn that there is more to him that you imagined. Little by little, throughout the book, Hines pieces together Lucas’ past. He gives you hints, but he still completely caught me off guard with the ending. The plotline was very original and kept my glued. As you progress through the book, you wonder how the author is going to pull what seems to be several different plot lines together, but once they all tie in, it whole story comes together wonderfully. I got so involved with the book and so caught up in the storyline that I wanted to check every ceiling, closet and crawl space in my home and office as I was reading – you’ll understand what I mean after just a couple of chapters! After reading The Unseen, I would love to pick up more books by T.L. Hines. If you are a fan of suspense and mystery novels, I would definately recommend this book!

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