Andrew Klavan is a big deal in the thriller world. He has had two books made into movies and written the screen plays for two more. He has won 4 Edgar Awards (the biggest mystery award) and written more than
a total of 28 books.
Over the past couple years he has been transitioning to writing books for a Christian markets, primarily young adult books.
After I read and reviewed the very good Homelanders series, I picked up this book to review. It was released in May but I just got around to reading it over the weekend.
If you were a fan of the Homelanders series, you will like this. It has a similar feel.
Sam Hopkins is a pastor’s kid in a small town. He would like to be known for something other than being his father’s son. He gets involved with some friends that are clearly criminals before realizing that he has to break away from them.
The introduction and several of the chapters are told from the perspective of Jennifer. A clearly mentally ill teen. The handling of her schizophrenia and the bigger issue of mental illness is done very well. The portions where she is narrating are the scariest parts of the book. I can see what makes mental illness so controlling.
The book as a whole is a good, but standard thriller. I am glad to see good books that are written for teens that take Christianity seriously, but are not just propaganda evangelism books or romance novels. I would recommend this for teens around 12 and up. It will probably be more interesting for boys, but it is not just a boy’s book.
A digital copy of the book was provided by the publisher for purposes of review.
- Identity Man by Andrew Klavan (slightly older Adult Thriller)
- Werewolf Cop: A Novel by Andrew Klavan (new Adult Thriller)
- Offsite Review: A Killer in the Wind by Andrew Klavan (Books and Culture)
- MindWar (Books and Culture)