Sunday, 24 October 2021

B Book Reviews

Heaven's Prey - Janet Sketchley

Reviewed by Deborah M. Piccurelli   

Right up front I’ll say I really liked this suspense novel. The main character, Ruth Warner, is devastated by the rape and murder of the niece who was the closest thing she had to a daughter. The killer, Harry Silver, is a car racing champion with an insatiable sexual addiction that has spiraled into his being thrilled by violent acts. As part of Ruth’s healing, it is suggested she pray for Harry, and she finds that it had been working.

Then Harry escapes from prison, and he arrives in Hallifax, the very town where Ruth and her husband Tony live.

One stormy night, as Ruth stops at a convenience store after Bible Study, there is Harry with a gun trained on the beautiful cashier, and she immediately knows the fate of this young woman. A power failure occurs, and in the darkness, Harry inadvertently kidnaps Ruth, whisking her away to a cabin far away in the woods. Harry is disappointed he didn’t get the cashier, but tells Ruth that after being in prison for a period of time, “she’ll do.”

Now Ruth is face to face with the man she’d been praying for all this time; her niece’s killer. He plans on making her his next victim. What would you do in this situation?

This story could have been done in a cheesy way, but it wasn’t. Though Harry has become a serial killer, the backstory gives us a peek into his background, and we actually become sympathetic to this psycho. That sounds sort of predictable, but Janet Sketchley works it out very well without sugar-coating.

All of the characters are authentic, not caricatures. Likewise, the storyline itself. I never read a passage thinking, “This isn’t credible,” or “This could have been done better.” Overall, Heaven’s Prey was written very well. I truly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to other books by Janet Sketchley.

If you like suspense that tackles hard subjects, you’ll like Heaven’s Prey.






Heaven's Prey

A Redemption's Edge Novel


A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer--and it may be the answer to her prayers. Despite her husband's objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the serial killer who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that the chance to destroy the one person who'd pray for him proves God can't--or won't--look after His own. Can Ruth's faith sustain her to the end--whatever the cost?


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