Monday, 27 February 2012

Shadow in Serenity- A Roller Coaster of a Read

Book title: Shadow in Serenity
Author: Terri Blackstock
Publisher: Zondervan
Date: 2011
IBSN: 978-0-310-33231-2

 "Shadow in Serenity" by Terri Blackstock is a roller coaster of a read—it twists and turns through loops as you race along the words to find out what happens next. What else would you expect from the fascinating premise of a conman trying to deceive an ex-con artist who grew up in the craziness of a traveling carnival?

Charming Logan Brisco arrives in Serenity well prepared to relieve the unsuspecting inhabitants of their hard earned savings. He promises them an amusement park to revive their failing economy, but Carny Sullivan sees through him immediately. After all, her parents trained her to be a con artist and she knows all the tricks of the trade. The kindness of the Serenity folk has allowed her to build a happy secure life for her son, and she is determined to expose Logan and his destructive scheme in order to protect the town. But Logan endears himself to the town and no one believes her.

I enjoyed this book and a Ferris Wheel of questions filled my mind so that I had to keep reading. Would Logan change? Would he develop a conscience? Would he believe and trust in God? How could he be sure that God believed in him? Could a person have too much baggage to change? Would he destroy Serenity?

And what about Carny, the Harley-riding widow who flew planes for a living? Would she be able to stop Logan? Would she trust Logan? Should she trust him? Was he deceiving her?

These questions were answered at the end of the book in a most satisfying conclusion.

I highly recommend this well-written book. Although light hearted on the surface, it's underpinned by a strong Christian message.

Thank you to Shelton Interactive for a free review copy. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed above are my own.

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