Sunday, January 16, 2011

Judgment Day: A Novel Review

Judgment Day: A Novel

Author: Wanda L. Dyson

I recently read a fiction book by an upcoming author and thought it would be neat to read another Christian fiction story since most of my reads are non-fiction. This time it is Judgment Day by Wanda L. Dyson. This is a story of intrigue, murder, relationships and a little redemption.

What I really liked about this book is that I didn’t want to put it down. Judgment Day is a cover-to-cover read. The chapters are fast-paced, engaging the reader in every scene and leaving him sitting on the edge of his seat wondering what will happen next. The characters are relatable. You feel you know them and yearn for their success or failure. I could go into detail, but spoilers are no fun! Dyson takes a frightening crime as the cornerstone for building a series of events that leave us both cheering and infuriated as the story unfolds. Some overly coincidental moments can be overlooked in order for the weaving to be complete. This book would make a great beach read. In fact, I’m passing it on to my mother-in-law to enjoy on her next beach trip.

What I didn’t find appealing were the Christian aspects of Judgment Day. Not because they were there, but because they seemed forced. The short comments alluding to faith or Christianity just didn’t fit in with the rest of the story. One could easily remove all references and the story would remain completely intact. I see no reason to force something like that – either it’s an integral part of the story or it isn’t. But, it shouldn’t be awkward.

However, these forced moments didn’t take away from the pleasure of the read. I would recommend the story if you like crime novels or mystery. There is plenty of both. I look forward to reading some of Dyson’s other novels.

***I was given this book free of charge through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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