Saturday, October 07, 2006
Kristen Heitzmann's Freefall ~ Reviewed
by Kristen Heitzmann
Published by Bethany House Publishers
A victim of amnesia--and maybe worse--"Jade" can't remember how she came to Kauai, Hawaii, or even what her real name is. She has only a vague sensation of danger. Enlisting the help of a cynical-but-talented investigator, Cameron Pierce, she seeks answers. But will recovered memories bring healing---or more trouble?
Wow! Freefall left me speechless by the time I finished the story. At first I thought, "I love Kristen Heitzmann. I've read all of her historicals and they were awesome. This'll probably be good, but not as good as her past novels." WRONG! The suspense was incredible. The plot intricate. The setting exotic (nothing like spending time on the beach and not getting a sunburn. I think I even learned how to surf without hitting a single wave.) The romance also sizzled.
Of course, those who know me know I love the edgier stuff (in other words, the passion and realism of romantic tension) and this baby is packed with it! The perpetrators and thugs were believable and unlikable--as they should be. I felt the heroine's fear, her confusion, her passion. Boy, that was a wild ride! I liked how the author occasionally inserted another person's POV to give you that person's perspective. Sweet.
In regards to the spiritual element, it was so smoothly done that for me, that was one of the best parts of the story. The faith piece fit so naturally into the characters' lives I almost forgot to mention it! Overall, I'd have to say that this is the best romantic suspense novel I've EVER read. I mean EVER!
Michelle Sutton (pen name)
"Writing truth into fiction"
Great Beginnings finalist 2005