Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Review: Past Suspicion by Therese Heckenkamp

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Description: Don't trust anyone ... So whispers Robin 's mother just moments before she dies. As this intriguing story of suspense unfolds, seventeen-year-old Robin is forced from her California home to live in Wisconsin with an uncle she never knew existed. Here in her mother 's hometown, Robin meets two young men and, while unraveling the secrets of her mother 's past, becomes involved in a treacherous plot, not realizing the importance of untangling her own life if she is to find a direction for her future. Feelings of betrayal and resentment burn strong. Robin 's heart becomes torn as she tries to figure out where she belongs and whom she can trust. Amidst an atmosphere of mystery, amongst the activities of small town life, and while exploring an abandoned mansion, Robin not only searches for a treasure map, but more importantly discovers the far-reaching consequences of making the right or wrong decision.\

I was not expecting to absolutely love this book. I started reading it because I was trying to get through a lot of the books by homeschoolers on my Kindle. This book is one of the best suspense I have read in a long time. The story gripped be from the opening and kept me reading until the very end.

If you looked at a random pages from this book, we wouldn’t understand how it could keep you on the edge of your seat. Heckenkamp pulls you along by your emotions; twisting them and making you feel what Robin is feeling. You understand all her uncertainty, unease, and cannot stop reading until you reach the end of the book.

I felt like I connected with Robin, even though we are very different. This proves the wonderful talent that this author in creating her characters that make an emotional connection with the reader at a deep level.

Although I am not Catholics, I appreciated the message of faith in this book. I might not use a rosary or attended mass, the faith themes in this story were something all Christians can agree on. Themes of reading your bible and trusting God.

The two male characters in this story were great. Even though I knew who was the good guy and who was only pretending to be good, there was still a lot of tension, as Robin didn’t know. They both added good angles to the story.

I highly recommend this story for those who love mystery, coming-of-age tales, and well written characters.

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