This was a quick and entertaining read, but nothing special in terms of the way it is written. What is interesting is that it is technically a christian fiction book, but it is not so obvious that, an agnostic (me), wanted to put it down. It does not rub Jesus and Christianity in your face and that makes it stand out in a genre that has become directed at a very narrow audience. What adds to my interest in the book is that it goes into surprising detail about christianity and the ability of people to invoke it to justify crime and violence. It makes you think about religion beyond just accepting it at face value. As a student of philosophy, I really liked this aspect of the book. Although there may be some interesting and thought provoking aspects of this book, there is a reason I gave it a three and not higher.
The characters in the book lack depth, and development, but having found out it is one in a series of stand alone novels about the same characters may explain this. Perhaps the other books go through more character development and this one primarily focuses on the crime at hand rather than the individual characters. Either way, it lacks depth, but for what it is, it is a quick and entertaining read. This does contain sexual violence, physical violence and some disturbing imagery, so if you are sensitive to this kind of thing, it may be best to find a different crime novel.
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