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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Right Call...Review

About the book:
It’s summer in Sophie Trace, the setting of Kathy Herman’s latest page turner, The Right Call. Based on 2 Peter 2:19b: “For a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him,” The Right Call demonstrates how we’re all slaves to something—either to God and righteousness or to the flesh and its pitfalls.

Ethan Langley is home from college for the summer, eager to renew his friendship with Vanessa Jessup (Police Chief Brill Jessup’s daughter) and her infant son, Carter. Before Ethan is even settled, his world is rocked by a random shooting that leaves four people dead, including someone close to him. Ethan tries to deal with his grief by staying busy and concentrating on his growing love for Vanessa. When a coworker from the previous summer, Stedman Reeves, seems somewhat obsessed with the shooting—but also sympathetic to Ethan’s deep loss—the two seem to connect.

While Chief Jessup is scrambling to find a suspect in the shootings, Ethan gets a late-night call from Stedman, who sounds panicked and needs to see him right away. Stedman confesses shocking details: due to a series of bad choices, he is going to be framed for the murders. All the evidence points to Stedman’s guilt, and he knows that there is no way he can prove his innocence. Stedman implores Ethan to go to Vanessa’s mother with this information.

When the wrong people find out that Ethan knows too much, those around him are placed in danger. What should he do? Going to Chief Jessup with the truth could save Stedman from doing life in prison—but it could be a death sentence for and Vanessa and Carter. He’s been dealt an impossible hand, but it’s his move. Will he make the right call?

Best-selling suspense novelist Kathy Herman brings this vivid story to life in her new book, The Right Call, the third book in the acclaimed Sophie Trace Trilogy. Filled with heart-pounding suspense that delivers heart-changing truth, The Right Call uses the perilous story of a young college student to reinforce the importance of walking closely with God, to be armed with wisdom and strength in order to face the toughest of circumstances.

I enjoyed this one a lot more than its predecessor, The Last Word. The third in the Sophie Trace Trilogy, this story is from Ethan's viewpoint. We met him at the beginning of the previous book, and he's returned for the summer to work and save money, as well as spend time with Vanessa and her baby, Carter. Their romance is sweet, and Vanessa has certainly grown up since the last book.

While there are references to the previous two books, this one stands alone just fine. The premise was a bit implausible and certainly predictable. However, it was also enthralling and captured my attention. The typical small-town drama is there, as well as the familiar faces at the restaurant lunch counter who discuss the latest criminal events and add an interesting subplot. But it's a fast read and perfect for an afternoon escape.

Thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Kathy Herman here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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