Kate Lange is a first year associate at a high-class law firm who is embroiled in a mess – a mess she feels partly responsible for; a mess made by theKate Lange is a first year associate at a high-class law firm who is embroiled in a mess – a mess she feels partly responsible for; a mess made by the Body Butcher…
The Body Butcher… did that grab your attention?
Kate is trying to make a name for herself at the law firm of LMB, but when she keeps getting handed the piddly little family law cases, she becomes exasperated. When her new client, a grandmother who would like to gain custody of her out-of-control granddaughter, who also happens to be the daughter of a well-respected judge in the community, walks in, begging for Kate’s help, she finds herself in a very sticky situation. Not wanting to annoy her managing partners, she basically tells the grandma that she needs to find evidence of neglect before anything can be done. I mean who wants to step on the toes of a judge?! Not a first-year law associate!
When the out-of-control granddaughter is found dead, with all of her limbs removed, Kate bears a heavy burden. Is she responsible for the girl’s death? Should she have done more? As her guilt begins to overwhelm her, she starts to investigate on her own, uncovering some secrets that are complex and may prove deadly. And as more bodies begin to pile up, Kate finds herself engrossed in a scheme so outrageous that she may not live through to its final conclusion.
Kate is a multi-dimensional character with a lot of back-story that is slowly revealed to the reader through the course of the book. She is recovering from a tragic event in her teenage years and is struggling to come to terms with a father who is not quite on the right side of the law. Throw in a recent break-up with her fiancée, who is a cop, and you have the makings of a very multifaceted character. There’s almost too much going on with her. Talk about someone with a lot of issues!
Without going into a lot of details and getting into some of the major plot points, there were certain parts of this book that I had a hard time with and that could be due to my lack of knowledge about the medical field as a whole. The author does do a terrific job of plotting everything out, but I didn’t find the subject matter particularly interesting, so I got bogged down in it at certain parts. And with this book being a hefty 450 pages, there were quite a few times that I really had to plod through the narrative.
This is a good start to the Kate Lange series from debut author, Pamela Callow. Was it a good thriller? Absolutely. Was I blown away by this book? Not really. Will I read the next book in the series? Probably. It will depend on the subject matter - and from the brief snippet at the end of this book, I think it sounds more my style!...more
In his latest novel, What Good is God?, Philip Yancey explores, through ten of his previous speeches, the impact God is having around the world. I havIn his latest novel, What Good is God?, Philip Yancey explores, through ten of his previous speeches, the impact God is having around the world. I have to admit that I was not familiar with Yancey before reading this book. I had heard of him, but this is the first book that I read by him.
The title of this book is a bit misleading. Inherently, the reader expects a definitive answer to the question – What good is God? And I don’t know that Yancey ever really answers the question. He gives accounts of people coming together in times of severe hardship and showing how God can work amidst the most difficult of situations, but to answer the pivotal question of the book – what is God good for? – I don’t know that Yancey ever really did it adequately.
In the book, Yancey gives an account of some very harrowing experiences that the world has endured – the Virginia Tech Massacre, the persecution of Christians in China, the experiences of former sex workers, a terrorist attack in Mumbai, apartheid in South Africa, among others. The format was a bit awkward, with Yancey presenting a history of each situation and his related experiences, leading into the speech he gave at the time. I found the history much more interesting than the canned speeches. I actually would have preferred more in depth study of those sections and how God worked in each of those situations rather than trying to fit the speeches in around the history. It just didn’t flow right for me.
With that said, Yancey does present a powerful message about how God shows up even in the most difficult situations. One of my favorite passages in the book is found on page 34, during the chapter on the Virginia Tech massacre:
Where is God when it hurts? Where God’s people are. Where misery is, there is the Messiah, and now on earth the Messiah takes form in the shape of the church. That’s what the body of Christ means.
This book offers a lot of hope. To see how God works even in the most extreme of situations is very encouraging. Yancey’s writing style is easy to read and comprehend. He presents things in a manner than captures the reader’s attention immediately. Other than the things I’ve stated above, which are minor in comparison to the overall message of the book, this is a book I would definitely recommend. I really enjoyed it....more