What a fun read! Multiple times I grinned to myself, and had a couple of laugh out loud moments, while reading this Christian amateur sleuth mystery aWhat a fun read! Multiple times I grinned to myself, and had a couple of laugh out loud moments, while reading this Christian amateur sleuth mystery about a self-employed crime scene cleaner. Author Barritt created unique characters who all had one or more amusing traits, and I especially loved the main character Gabby because she was so witty, and loved to refer to popular song lyrics.
One recurring part that cracked me up was how Gabby kept thinking of her vegan friend Sierra as a squirrel, after Sierra made everyone some brownies out of ground acorns. "Chipper, hyper, caught her climbing a tree last night. The woman was one bushy tail away from being one with her furry friends. Narrowing my eyes to study her face, I checked for any sign she'd stowed acorns away in her cheeks for later."
In this first book in the Squeaky Clean Mysteries series, the author portrayed a non-believer very convincingly, as Gabby—just like many others who think God does not exist—continually asked questions to herself and her friends throughout the novel in order to try to understand why do Christians have faith, and why do they seem so peaceful and happy, especially since so many bad things happen in this world? I liked how Barritt sprinkled—instead of showered—these questions throughout the pages, in order to not take away from the main storyline of the mystery behind who killed Gloria Cunningham, a lady who was about to testify against a male suspect in a felony trial.
Romance bloomed between Gabby and one man in this story, but attraction to a different man brought the possibility that Gabby, in one of the next books in the series, might say yes to Christ since this other friend was a Christian.
Hazardous Duty was quick-paced and entertaining, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked reading it, since mysteries are usually not my genre of choice. I came across this novel via https://www.bookbub.com/home/ , a service that sends daily emails notifying you of free and discounted eBooks that are up for grabs for a limited amount of time.
I certainly will tell all my family and friends to read this book, and I recommend you pick up a copy for yourself. I look forward to reading Suspicious Minds, the second book in the Squeaky Clean series, where Gabby gets involved in a mystery involving the death of an Elvis impersonator. ...more
Superb. You'd never think WRECKAGE is Emily Bleeker's debut novel because her writing skills already are on par with some of my favorite seasoned authSuperb. You'd never think WRECKAGE is Emily Bleeker's debut novel because her writing skills already are on par with some of my favorite seasoned authors, such as Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, Elin Hilderbrand, and Jane Porter.
This intriguing book kept me furiously flipping pages because it was just so good that I kept wanting to discover what happened next—and find out in a hurry!
Bleeker excelled at keeping the suspense level high all the way to the end of the novel. She kept my curiosity piqued about the final decision the main character Lillian would make regarding her husband Jerry and her fellow castaway Dave. Bleeker really kept me guessing though about the character Paul, and why was he such a big secret, and about the journalist Genevieve, what lie did she know about that she was going to try to force Lillian and Dave to reveal during their TV interviews.
The author's choice to set up this book in an alternating chapter format really worked well for keeping me interested. Bleeker switched each chapter between the point of view of Lillian or Dave, and every other chapter also changed from the present day events to the past time situations that occurred over a span of almost two years being stranded on a deserted island.
I loved the author's ability to depict the setting so well that I actually felt like I was right on that island, or in that house, or at that hotel room. What impressed me even more though was Bleeker's talent at characterization. She showed both through action and inner dialogue what was "inside the heads" of Lillian and Dave (and husband Jerry), and made me really "feel for" these characters, especially in regards to how the whole situation affected their spouses and children.
WRECKAGE was a fantastic read I highly recommend you check out, and I certainly will tell all my family and friends to read this book. I look forward to reading WHEN I'M GONE, Bleeker's second novel that will be published in March 2016. ...more
Wow. I was very impressed. This is the best Christian YA novel I've read so far. It covers issues young adults, and not just Christian ones, struggleWow. I was very impressed. This is the best Christian YA novel I've read so far. It covers issues young adults, and not just Christian ones, struggle with in their twenties, and how God plays a part in the decisions made—or not—by these individuals. Author Ann Lee Miller did an excellent job both creating realistic characters the reader cares about, and in keeping the reader wanting to turn the pages quickly. I'll recommend this book to my family and friends to read, and I look forward to enjoying more novels written by this author....more