Suspenseful and thrilling, Downs excellently presents a novel of good taste. With an ending that lets the reader finish their own personal story, a provision of hope permits creativity that opens for a sequel. The character development was excellent. While dialogue was slightly complex at times, it enhanced the setting. For a Christian novel, however, a redefinition of Christian is necessary. While a pastor appears at times, this character does not provide any solid scriptural advice, instead relying on personal experience. Several elements existed that would challenge more traditional Christian viewpoint: presence of alcohol in scenes, murder investigations (blood spatter, bugs, etc.), and more prominently: the marrying of a Christian to a non-Christian. This element in itself promises struggle, and at one point, the protagonist (Polchak) comes to a point where he questions what lies beyond, but the moment is so brief and underdeveloped that we are quickly swept away from it, as if the writer feared inclusion of religious elements might cause a loss in readership. Instead of including Christian elements to a mystery/thriller, Downs instead removed traditional negative elements to murder mystery, primarily sex and adult language.
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