Will Not See by Chautona Havig is a marvellous contemporary Christian mystery. It is the second book in the Sight Unseen series but can be read as a stand-alone. Any knowledge that is needed from book one None So Blind is provided. However for maximum enjoyment, I would recommend reading book one first.
Will Not See is interwoven with the characters from book one, as certain events mirror what happened there. Characters interact with old familiar faces which is a joy for the reader. Once more there is the theme of identity and discovering who we are. “I’m tired of not knowing me.” Even more important, is knowing whose we are. “I’m pretty sure I believe in God. He’s gotta exist. I know it.”
God has a central role in the novel. Amidst all the chaos we need to “remember Who is really in control.” God longs for us to know Him and have a relationship with Him. It is never about religion and always about relationship with both God and others. “I don’t even know if you really understand how much you need Him.” We all have this God-shaped hole that only He can fill, whether we acknowledge this or not.
There is the theme of helping others. There are some very selfless characters in the novel with huge hearts for others.
Names are important. A change of name can indicate a change of character or circumstances. The reader is reminded that we all get a new name when we become a child of God. We have the word ‘beloved’ spoken over us.
Families are important. The church is the family of God. “You can’t understand what a family the church is until you have experienced it.” The church as Jesus intended, cares for and supports all its members.
There is the theme of searching to belong. Some characters have not known stable homes and the very adults who were supposed to protect, have abused instead.
Friendship is vital. We all need good friends who love, nurture and protect.
Within Will Not See there is a mystery to be solved. The reader asks similar questions to those asked in book one but now there are a few more added. The reader is drawn into the story and longs to know more and receive answers. The book is perfectly poised to continue the story and some of these questions into book three, and I cannot wait. Will Not See does wrap up its storyline so the reader is satisfied but there is so much more to come.
This is a cracking series which I am loving. I cannot wait for more, more, more.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.