Friday, June 24, 2011
Kristen Heitzmann's Indelible ~ Reviewed
By Kristen Heitzmann
Published by: Waterbrook
Rescuing a toddler from the jaws of a mountain lion, Trevor MacDaniel, a high-country outfitter, sets in motion events he can’t foresee. His act of bravery entwines his life with gifted sculptor Natalie Reeve—and attracts a grim admirer.
Trevor’s need to guard and protect is born of tragedy, prompting his decision to become a search and rescue volunteer. Natalie’s gift of sculpting comes from an unusual disability that seeks release through her creative hands. In each other they see strength and courage as they face an incomprehensible foe.
When a troubled soul views Trevor as archangel and adversary, Redford’s peaceful mountain community is threatened. Together with Police Chief Jonah Westfall, Trevor presses his limits to combat the menace who targets the most helpless and innocent.
Kristen Heitzmann takes the reader along side Trevor and Whit as they scramble to seek different options to rescue a toddler from the jaws an enemy – a mountain lion! I was on the edge of my seat picturing this spectacular rescue scene, amazed at what these workers risk to save someone. Unbelievable! So real!
Trevor develops a bond with Natalie Reeve after he rescues Cody, her young nephew. He finds Natalie’s sculpting work amazing and the woman like no one he’s ever met! Natalie has a gift of having an almost photographic memory. Once her mind latched onto an image she couldn’t free it from her brain until she put her hand to clay and released the image into the mud. Trevor wishes he could release a few demons that taunted his soul so easily!
Trevor and Whit run a search and rescue service and work closely with Police Chief Jonah Westfall! This is a tightly nit community that pulls together when a string of unusual events rock their world and have them on a race to catch a psycho before someone was killed.
I enjoyed the way Kristen shows a small town filled with flawed characters dealing with some pretty serious stuff. This author weaves a delicate and insightful story showing the internal struggle of doing the right thing in the middle of personal pain. It was intriguing to see how each character dealt with misfortune as the verse said above. Some became strong and others were tempted beyond what they could stand and did unexpected things. She also shows different artistic expressions through sculpting and painting I found fascinating. She reveals the how and why they express what they do all the while building a tension filled encouraging, heartfelt mystery. I became anxious while reading and wondered if the story would take a turn to the creepy side. I was thankful it never did
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
Finding Hope Through Fiction
Kristen Heitzmann has penned another finely crafted psychological thriller, shaped around the lives of two broken and unique people in Trevor and Natalie. Delving deep into their psyches, Indelible is character driven and darkly mysterious glimpse into the heart of a gifted woman and man driven to succeed beyond all measure. Their attraction is powerful yet regrets and fears keep their hearts at a distance and Kristen draws this tension out well. Jonah and Tia from Indivisible feature as Jonah's deepest fears are realized as do Miles and Piper. While the excerpts of the predator distracted me, the rest of the story is an intriguing blend of meaningful characters, intelligent suspense and the power of love and redemption. I hope Kristen returns to Redford, Colorado soon.
Reviewed by: Rel Mollet