Monday, June 21, 2010

Book Review: Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate, the second Triple Threat novel by Lis Wiehl (with April Henry), was a race-to-the-finish read for me. I was intrigued the whole way through. Not only does it have an intense murder mystery, but each of the three female friend characters brought her own story line to the pages as well. While telling these amazing stories, Wiehl explores social problems and issues including big government, free speech, terrorism, drug addiction, illegal immigration, abortion, assault, racism, domestic violence, and more. A reading group guide at the end of the book includes questions to help readers further explore their thoughts on these. Characters in the book form and offer their personal opinions, too.

I wouldn’t classify the book as Christian fiction, but one of the characters is a Christian. She and one of her friends wrestle with the question, “If God is loving and good, why does He allow suffering and pain?” Also, both of these characters found themselves in a crucial moment, simply praying, "Please." I thought that was beautiful. As you might have guessed by now, Wiehl has packed a lot of ideas into this one great book.

Of course, the biggest theme of the series is the friendship the three women share. They knew each other in high school, reconnected later in life, and hold jobs that coordinate and cooperate. They work together often, but also meet regularly to catch up on each other’s lives, support one another through life’s trials, and enjoy each other’s company. Their intertwined lives help solve the big and little mysteries of life.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending this book for my review!

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