Wages of Sin
by Yolonda Tonette Sanders
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Strebor Books
Released: April 15, 2014
Source: An Advanced Readed Copy from the author.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Homicide detective Troy Evans spends the majority of his time searching for a serial killer who has abducted and murdered several women. There are few forensic clues and no apparent connections between the murdered women. He's desperate to stop the killer before more women die.
His wife, Natalie, is frustrated with Troy. She can't count on his help in raising their young son, and she's also busy with her full-time job and helping her best friend deal with some serious marital issues. She doesn't feel up to having another baby--which Troy enthusiastically wants and she used to--and she can't bring herself to tell him.
Then someone Tony cares for is kidnapped by the killer...
Wages of Sin is a Christian suspense novel. While this novel is the first in a series, it did contain some characters from the author's previous book, In Times of Trouble. This story did not spoil the mystery element of In Times of Trouble, and you don't need to read that story to understand this one.
The mystery in this story had clues that pointed toward whodunit, and the rush to save a loved one from the killer was suspenseful. However, the beginning (at least, in the Advanced Reader Copy) read more like a general fiction novel. Not much movement happened with the case, but the amount of time Troy was putting in on the case was creating relationship tensions. The beginning established various relationships so we could understand why people acted the way they did when crises hit. The story was as much about these conflicts as it was about finding whodunit.
The Christian element felt like a natural part of the story. The Christian characters and how people reacted to Christian comments were portrayed realistically. There was a minor amount of written-out bad language and even that was either cut off mid-word or was the mild word of cr--. There were frequent sexual encounters since Troy and Natalie were trying to make a baby, but there were no details of sex scenes and the characters were "decent" in the few foreplay scenes. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting novel.
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