Sunday, May 9, 2010

Book Review: Indivisible

When I learned that Kristen Heitzmann had written a novel about a policeman solving the murder of two raccoons, I just had to read it. I’ve enjoyed some of Heitzmann’s other books, and I like raccoons even more than I like squirrels. Of course, the raccoon murders had to be unusually brutal or the policeman wouldn’t have taken notice. That was a disturbing aspect of the book. But Heitzmann didn’t dwell on it. This book was really good!

Indivisible is the story of several broken-heartened, abandoned or rejected people who have dealt with their hurt and loneliness in unhealthy ways, ranging from mildly harmful to extreme. Over the course of the book, however, they make discoveries about their pasts, learn to let go of the pain, and come together, offering each other the love and acceptance they should have received from others throughout their lives. Woven into the story are incidents of child abuse, drug and alcohol addictions, bullying, and infidelity. The Christian message is subtle, but themes of Christian community, God’s Presence, and forgiveness are there. I love the way Tia and Piper knew they could count on women from the church for encouragement, accountability, and support.

If you enjoy mystery and suspense with strong characters, Indivisible will be a good choice for you. Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending this book for my review.
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