[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] Redemption by Laurel Dewey

Posted 7 April, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

About the Book:
After a series of life-changing events, detective Jane Perry has resigned from the Denver Police Department. Trying to make a living as a private investigator, she finds her past haunting her at every turn and old demons rising up to torment her.

Then Jane meets Kit Clark, a woman who wants Jane to drive with her from Colorado to Northern California in search of a man who matches the description of the killer who murdered her granddaughter many years before. Kit’s convinced that the man has started to kill again and she wants to stop him. Jane thinks the woman is crazy – especially when she discovers that she’s a New Age devotee – but Jane is desperate for work. They head on the road, gathering critical information about the killer, and themselves, along the way. Jane has recently experienced several events in her life that seem to border on the paranormal, though she is a complete skeptic in that regard. Now, those experiences come with greater frequency. And when the trail of the killer leads to a fundamentalist church, the consequences of belief and faith propel her toward a deadly confrontation.

Once again, Laurel Dewey has created a novel as rich in character as it is in suspense. Juxtaposing spirituality and religion, mission and manipulation, revenge and redemption, this powerful, taut mystery confirms the author as a top-flight storyteller and promises to resonate in your soul.

About the Author:
Laurel Dewey was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is the author of two nonfiction books on plant medicine, a Silver Spur nominated Western novella, hundreds of articles, and the first Jane Perry novel, Protector. She lives in Western Colorado with her husband.

To find out more about Laurel and her books visit:https://www.laureldewey.com

My Review:
My first thought, when opening this book, was ‘oh boy’. I didn’t think that it would hook me like most suspense novels do. But, upon further reading and getting into the story, I was surprised by the pull this thriller had on me as a reader. I’ll admit, that there was use of a lot of F bombs that could have been left out, but, in my opinion, sometimes with a thriller, it’s what makes the story. It helps to tell the characters true personality and why they are a part of the story. The roller coaster of ups, downs, ins and outs was awesome, though! By the time I was finished, man, I was out of breath from the fast paced nature of this novel.

Jane Perry is complex. She had a pretty rough time of it growing up, and is an alcoholic, albeit a recovering one. Her issues go deep and really show her complexity in the story. Until she meets Kit, a spiritual woman, something Jane is not. Kit’s character is just as complex as Jane, although her complexity comes in the form of a time limit on life, since she’s terminally ill. She enlists the help of Jane before she expires, and together the characters become one great big ball of complex personalities and issues. The suspenseful mystery of a killer is mixed into the humorous, yet serious, aspect of Kit and Jane’s lives, creating a guessing story throughout the novel.

The action of finding that killer before time runs out is outstanding. I could really feel my heart pumping and my brain working overtime, trying to help Jane and Kit solve the mystery. I was up and down on that roller coaster ride, and became so apart of the novel that I didn’t know exactly where I was going to end up, and that left me on the edge of my seat more than once.

I could go on and on with the many things I liked about this novel. I could get right to my thoughts on the ending of this book, but if I do that, then what would be the point in you reading it? You’d know the ending. So, I will end it there. I will tell you that this is a continuing story for Jane Perry, who first appeared in Dewey’s novel, Protector, yet, as being one who never read the first novel, it’s not confusing and explains things in detail that will catch you up. Redemption is getting high recommendations from me, even though the F bomb is a bad problem in this book, along with 4 star praises. I suggest that if you love the intensity of a fast paced action thriller and mystery, then please get your copy today!

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