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Book Review of Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann

From the author's website:

An inseparable bond.  An insatiable force.

Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall knows the dark side of life and has committed himself to eradicating it. When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, knowing the strange event could escalate and destroy the tranquility of his small mountain town. With a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history, Jonah fights for answers—and his fragile sobriety.

But he can’t penetrate every wound or secret—especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness.

From best-selling author Kristen Heitzmann comes a spellbinding tale of severed connections and the consequences of life lived alone.

What struck you the best about the book?
It is definitely in the category of suspense! From the very beginning, action keeps the reader’s attention. One tense moment leads to the next. Character development is outstanding. Although there are many characters, each one is distinct. None of them are passive in that they all change throughout the story. Without spoiling it, I can say that Jonah, Miles, Piper, Tia, and the secondary characters each have pivotal moments throughout the story. More than one plot speeds the action along. It’s like reading several mini stories all interwoven into one.

Kristen’s phraseology is amazing. “The breeze titillated the trembly aspen and bore the scent of golden banner and Queen Anne’s lace.” She uses words to describe scenes, emotions, actions in a way that is different and unique.

What struck you the worst about the book?
I expected a Christian novel. What I found is a smattering of Christian philosophy and truths scattered throughout what could otherwise be considered a secular novel. Much emphasis is placed on women throwing themselves at Jonah. References and even flat-out statements regarding sensuality don’t seem to fit the genre. Although no actual foul language is used, more than once a character swears. Whether this is true to life or not, the purpose of a Christian book should be to encourage the reader to aspire to living a more godly life.

How did the story make you feel?
The story stirs up the emotions. Getting involved with the problems in each character’s past draws the reader into the emotional aspect of the story. What I found difficult is that there were few places a reader could recuperate emotionally to prepare for the next problem. The characters constantly faced one dilemma after another. If one character dealt with a problem, the next character had a worse problem to deal with.

Part of the ending is unexpected. Another part of it I guessed about a fourth of the way through the book. I’m not sure if the last chapter is supposed to leave the reader with a feeling of contentment since the one plot throughout the story is resolved. However I don’t know how to take the last line of the book. Maybe it was meant to leave the reader unsettled. Maybe I’m just missing the meaning.

Overall, I would recommend this book to most people, but I won’t be putting it in my classroom library for my high school students to read.


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. It in no way influences my review of this book.

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Comments

Kathy

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:10:22

good review! appreciate the comments about it smatterings of Christian philosophy and the unnecessary language. why can't a Christian book be 'Christian'?

 

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:58:20

Thanks for the honest review I've enjoyed many books by this author and would love the chance to win this one.

By the way Carman sent me!

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Marjorie

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 11:40:37

It is wonderful to find a new Christian blog.
This book has a super storyline and I would love to read it.
Thanks to Carmen for sending me here.

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Linda Kish

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:41:17

I would love to read this book.

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Fri, 08 Apr 2011 21:22:00

This book looks interesting! I would love to get it to review it on my blog. I've read a Heitzman before and was disappointed in it, but a friend recently read another and loved it. So I would love to read this one and see if it's any good!

Please enter me!

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Sun, 10 Apr 2011 06:45:28

I'm new to book reviews but would love to add this one to my new blogspot as a review. I'd love to win a copy so I could do just that!

Thanks for your insights on the book. It sounds like it could be an interesting book to read.

Carman sent me here. :)

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Shawna

 

Marci J

Sun, 10 Apr 2011 11:13:21

Please enter me. Thank you for the chance!
Carman sent me here.
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Carrie Larks

Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:07:50

I've read books by heitzman before and liked them. I would love an opportunity to win this one.

Thanks to Carman for putting together a website where I can win good Christian books.

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Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:43:14

I have heard good things about this author before but not read her books.This book sounds very interesting and would love to read it.

 

Tania

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 06:08:58

 

Tania

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 06:12:41

sounds reaaly interesting..enter me !

 

Janae

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:21:15

Wow interesting! I would love to win this book!

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Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:02:53

Ohh! I'd love to win this book! I really enjoyed the other books by this author that I have read.

Thanks for the chance to win!

~ Katy
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Sheila True

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:20:28

Enjoyed what I read. Book sounds great. Carmne sent me.

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