After the Thaw (Book Review)
I recently had the opportunity to review, After the Thaw, a romantic-suspense novel by Therese Heckenkamp. You can find out more about the book and read my review here.
About After the Thaw
Some wounds heal. Others leave scars.
Four years ago, Charlene Perigard survived a brutal kidnapping. Now at twenty-two, she’s put that trauma behind her for a promising future with handsome firefighter Ben Jorgensen. But when new trauma strikes, a new nightmare begins.
Sinister threats, a midnight attack, and a deathbed promise drive Charlene to the little town of Creekside, where she encounters a man from her past whom she has long struggled to forget: Clay Morrow—ex-convict and brother of her kidnapper. He’s also the man who once helped save her life.
Despite the odds, Charlene and Clay forge a tentative friendship, unaware of a brooding, mounting danger that seeks to destroy them both. Charlene’s wounded heart must choose between her fiancé and the man whose past is more scarred than her own. But in choosing, she may just lose everything.
This is the first book I read by Therese Heckenkamp, but it won’t be the last. I got it in the mail yesterday afternoon and couldn’t put it down. Heckenkamp had me guessing all the way through the book. Her story was intricately woven with action, romance, and mystery.
One of my biggest pet peeves with suspense novels is that they all follow the same timeline, with similar climactic events. Not so with Heckenkamp’s novel. After the Thaw is an original and should be on every suspense reader’s must-read list.
In addition to the well crafted story, After the Thaw gives readers an inside look at the Catholic faith in an authentic way that I have never come across before. Even though I disagree with some of the theology, Heckenkamp’s sincerity about the faith added to the novel making it stand apart from other works of fiction. It wasn’t preachy, but credible.
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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