Sunday, November 2, 2014

False Pretenses by Kathy Herman

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False Pretenses
by Kathy Herman

ISBN-13: 9780781406185
ebook: 389 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook
Released: January 1st 2011

Source: A free ebook promotional offer.

Publisher's Book Description, modified:
Zoe Broussard loves the life she and her husband Pierce have built in her beloved Louisiana hometown especially their popular restaurant, Zoe B s. It seems like heaven. But it's about to become hell. A series of anonymous notes is making her life a misery. Zoe has lied to people about her past and who she is, and her lies could leave the business in shambles and tear her marriage apart. Can she find the courage to face her past?

My Review:
False Pretenses is a Christian suspense novel. The story is about a woman who is ashamed of her past and so she took a new identity and began a new life. But now someone is threatening to tell about her past, and she's afraid people will reject her when they discover who she was and that she's lied to them. This is the first book in a series. Some characters are apparently from a previous series, and they talk about past events. That vague information might spoil some of the suspense in that previous series, but I don't actually know if it will.

The suspense is created by relationship tensions and from physical danger. The characters were interesting, varied, and complex. I guessed whodunit and who the blackmailer was long before Zoe caught on, but it was realistic that she wouldn't guess. The story wasn't really about guessing whodunit, anyway, and the suspense was well-handled. The Christian element was mainly provided by a minor character who was wronged by Zoe. This woman showed Christ's love and encouraged Zoe to be honest with her husband and friends--though Zoe didn't take that advice too well.

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful 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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