Terror In Suburbia
The Party by Lisa Hall is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that had me hooked from the start.
The action all focuses on the party. The reader hears about the action in conjunction with the party – either so many weeks before or days after. The reader gets completely caught up in events, always questioning, who is the perpetrator? Lisa Hall has set up the storyline excellently, so I suspected just about everyone!
It really is terror in suburbia. An awful crime is committed – and it has to be by someone who knows the victim, making it even more terrifying.
The victim has guts. “I might be scared, but I don’t have to stay scared.” As the police scale down the investigation, the victim is determined to dig deeper. “I can live in fear… or I can properly look into this myself.”
La Risposta: The Answer by Autumn Macarthur is a wonderful contemporary Christian family novel and a perfect ending to A Tuscan Legacy series. This has been a fabulous series. A collaboration of nine books by different authors, giving individual stories of the characters in an extended family. It has been an absolute delight to read.
The book is warm and welcoming. The mystery running throughout the series is solved. Clues have been peppered throughout all the books. As the family comes together for a wedding so the series has come full circle. It had a familiar feel as I caught up with old friends.
There are themes of truth and lies, faith and forgiveness, foundations and identity – and over it all is the love of God. The novel reminds us to tune into God’s voice and to be obedient. “A stirring very like the voice of God, calling him home. An insistent whisper no longer able to be denied.” We must not ignore God when he speaks.
A New Song
The Homecoming by Juliette Duncan is a delightful Christian romance and the first book in The Potter’s House series.
There are many godly themes and lessons to be learnt. God is the master potter. His hands are on our lives. He moulds, refines and fires us if we just say ‘yes’ to His call. “God was in the business of changing people’s hearts.”
We need faithful Christians to lovingly guide us to God. “God could still work in her heart… whether she was in church or not.” Church is important as the body of believers help us in our walk with God. Transformation of hearts can happen anywhere.
Prayer is our lifeline to God. We can talk to Him anytime, anywhere and know that He hears us.
The House We Called Home by Jenny Oliver is a fabulous contemporary family novel that will awaken your senses to the world around you.
Life can easily slip into a mundane pattern. Everyone from children to teens to adults find life predictable and unexciting. Life, as shown online seems to be perfect and ideal for everyone but you. Life is passing you by, so what do you do? If you escape for a while, will anyone notice? Or care?
The novel explores that life is for living. It is for trying something new and for rediscovering old passions. It is for giving others permission to be themselves. Too often we settle into roles – daughter, wife, mother – when really we just want to be ‘me.’
The House We Called Home shows what happens to relationships and dynamics when everyone, including the house, is remodeled.