Dark Justice: A Novel by Brandilyn Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by B&H Books
ISBN 1433679531 (ISBN13: 9781433679537)
Never in her dreams did Hannah imagine that stopping to help someone in an apparent car accident would turn her world upside down. With her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, by her side, Hannah is told a mysterious phrase and asked not to tell anyone by the victim of the car accident. After answering police questions and settling her mother back in at home, the nonstop action of unbelievable events begins. Not only is Hannah and her mother's life in danger, but once she calls her daughter and they discover more information, now her daughter and the safety of the whole country could be in danger.
Wow, this is my first read by Brandilyn Collins and I must say it most definitely won't be my last. What an action packed story from beginning to end. I found myself on the edge of my seat anticipating what was going to happen next, only to find out I was completely wrong, but pleasantly surprised and that much more fascinated with what was about to come!
I normally try to say all the exciting things in the book and a little about each person's character when I do a review, but I honestly don't know where to begin for fear that I will give away a suspenseful part of the story.
I will say, I loved how the point of view changed throughout the book, even including a court hearing in regards to the events of the story. That added a very unique twist that I have not seen before in a book. When I first began the book I saw it was in first person and I immediately sighed with concern. However, very quickly I realized the point of view didn't matter, I was hooked! Great job writing in the switching point of views and in first person!
I also really enjoyed the message of trying to rely on the Lord and trust in Him when times were tough. Sometimes, especially in a life or death situation, we think with our human minds and what we can do to fix the problem. However, it is in those troubled times when we need to learn to rely on the Lord the most. "Lord, be gracious to us. We wait for You. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble." I love that! And I really appreciated Hannah saying that she wished she could have faith like her mother did during this troubled time. Hannah even asked for forgiveness for some of the wrong she knew she was doing. Thank you Brandilyn for writing a "real" character who we could empathize with and connect with.
I loved Hannah's commitment to her mother as well. Her mother suffered from dementia and often yelled at Hannah. She didn't understand that their lives were in danger. But, Hannah kept her by her side, even when it would have been easier to leave her with someone else. I loved that bond and how Hannah was strong for not only her daughter, but for her mother as well.
The story, regarding power outages in the U.S. really got me thinking. I wonder how many things we take for granted. How many things that we do daily would stop because somewhere along the way, it needs electricity to function. For example, an ATM. When you run out of cash, you're done. Banks wouldn't be able to tell you your balance, they have no power, you couldn't shop for groceries, because your card won't work, they have no power, and once you run out of gas, you can't get more as the pumps run on electricity as well. Really made me think and I love when an author can do that!
The only reason I did not give this book a 5 was because I was unsure of the ending. I see the point in how the story ended and I appreciate the final details, however, I think some of the ending could have been left out and I would have been happier. It almost seemed a little too rushed at the end. However, like I said, I still enjoyed it and that's only a minor detail.
I highly recommend this book if you are a suspense lover!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this book from B&H Books in partnership with The Christian Manifesto to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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