By: Gayle Roper
Published by Multnomah Books
Twin sisters, deadly crossword puzzles, and a corpse on the doorstep are just the first clues to a family secret that goes back generations……..
Libby Burton longs to be close to her twin sister, Tori, but their lives have taken them in different directions. Forced to share Aunt Stella’s old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, Libby hopes for a change, but it isn’t looking good so far.
First, Tori tries to steal the affection and allegiance of Libby’s teenage daughter, Chloe. Then when a crossword puzzle with hidden threats shows up on their doorstep, Tori refuses to take it seriously ------in spite of the dead man who delivered it.
A stolen diamond and a botched kidnapping make Libby’s resolve to act faithfully more difficult. The answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crosswords, but she is running out of time to uncover the truth.
In her latest romantic suspense novel, award-winning author Gayle Roper entices reader with her unusual blend of intrigue, faith, and clever crossword puzzle clues.
This story begins with high drama and follows through with it to the end. Crossword puzzles, family conflict, and a mystery are just a few items the reader has to solve in Fatal Deduction. Gayle Roper has created a novel that includes suspense, romance, and an emotional rollercoaster all at the same time.
The cast of characters come from all walks of life. I have twins, and if one of mine acted like Tori did, I would have to spank her—that is how emotionally provoking her character is. Nancy Drew meets modern day mom in the character of Tori’s sister. The characters were so realistic I felt like I could reach out and touch them.
The story line has more twists and surprises then a ride at Six Flags. The societal issues presented in the story run the gamut: single parenthood, effects of divorce on children, as well as, adoption versus abortion.
Fatal Deduction includes many spiritual lessons. It shows the value of being a spiritual light in a dark world. The characters of the twins shows the difference in a life lived for Christ and one lived for self. It also teaches how you choose to love family in spite of their flaws while entertaining to the end.
The story left me feeling hopeful about life. It reminded me that God does work things out for His good. I plan on getting my hands on every book written by Gayle Roper because it was just that good.
Reviewed by: Shellie Powell