Chief of Police Jonah Westfall typically fights only small-town crime in Redford, Colorado, but a series of animal mutilations and a rising drug problem bring about new challenges for his small force. Westfall struggles to hold onto his sobriety while he continues to make peace with his past, which includes Tia Manning - a childhood friend with whom he shares a stormy history. Can Westfall restore peace to his beloved town - before someone gets hurt?
I LOVE the way that Heitzmann weaves this story! The cast of characters grows slowly, as do their connections, which truly brings to life each person and their own personal story. The characters each have his/her fatal flaw, which serves to make them seem real, instead of packaged and plastic. Each one has his or her own well-developed style and story to tell, yet all cause the reader to ponder one main question: how do we deal with the pain of being hurt? Each character in the story reacts in a different way to past pain, and seeing the consequences of each can be eye-opening. Past mistakes are not glossed over or seen as 'acceptable' sins, but are viewed for what they are - dark problems with far-reaching consequences.
For a Christian book, there is very little so-called Christian 'stuff' here. There is no preaching or outright teaching, but the faith of the author - and the characters who have it - is evident in the twist of the story. Manning and Westfall do discuss their faith a few times, but those discussions are used more as a springboard for solving relationship issues and understanding the choices they had made in the past few years. Someone looking for a Bible verse on every page should, perhaps, look elsewhere; but for someone who wants to read an incredible, suspenseful, realistic story about people who have faith, this is the book to read.
I received a free copy of this book from Multnomah's Books for Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.