Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hidden Motive by Hannah Alexander

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Hidden Motive
by Hannah Alexander

(Original title:
The Crystal Cavern)

ISBN-13: 9780373442850
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Released: April 8, 2008

Source: Bought through

Book Description from Back Cover:
Someone had murdered her grandfather. And Sable Chamberlain was next on the villain's hit list. With the help of her friend Paul Murphy, she hoped to hide at her family's isolated Ozark home. But then an ice storm trapped the couple there with a busload of shady characters and an atmosphere of tension...and evil. Sable and Paul could trust no one but each other. Their only hope to prevent sharing her grandfather's tragic fate was to solve the mystery surrounding his death, though danger lurked around every corner...

My Review:
Hidden Motive is a Christian suspense novel with some romance. It's a very fast, suspenseful read. It's a case of "everything that can go wrong will go wrong" with no pauses in between. The suspense was created by physical danger to the two main characters and by trying to discover the truth about what Sable's grandpa had done and had discovered. There were a few, minor things that were never fully explained by the end of the book. However, surviving and stopping the bad guys seemed to be the main focus, and that was tied up by the end.

The setting was vividly described and brought back my own memories of caves and of a bad ice storm here in the Ozark mountains. The characters were engaging and realistic, and they acted in realistic ways. The Christian element flowed as a natural part of the story and seemed to primarily be remembering to trust God rather than their own strength, and recognizing how God had protected them even though they did get hurt.

There was no sex and no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this heat-pounding suspense novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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