Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Jordyn Redwood's Proof ~ Reviewed

Proof: A Novel (Bloodline Trilogy) [Paperback]  
Jordyn Redwood 
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0825442389 

Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it's the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find--and punish--her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?
Proof is an edgy novel full of cat and mouse intrigue and weird medical quirks. It is also full of intense action and issues. I’m definitely fascinated enough to follow the rest of the series as the books are released. I love medical, legal and police procedural fiction and this one is full of these elements. 

I work in the medical field so much of the medical jargon was common daily stuff for me. However, I could see it being a frustration to anyone who doesn’t care for medspeak. I was introduced to a condition that I’ve never encountered before and it was fascinating to read about. 

I did have a bit of a struggle getting into the characters and their relationships, and with all the crisis and drama that unfolded I had some believability issues. However, this book is well written and a fast, intense read. Redwood had to put a tremendous amount of research into this novel. Impressive research. From police procedures, to legal posturing, handling firearms, science and medicine I can't even guess how many hours she invested.

Proof is a great escapist read and will appeal to crime fiction lovers and medical novel junkies. I will caution the more sensitive readers, though. If you like your Christian fiction to be uplifting and gentle, you might want to look elsewhere. The subject matter in Proof is definitely PG-13 and might classify as R in some circles.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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