Monday, April 4, 2011

Book Review: Heart of Ice

Lis Wiehl has written a third Triple Threat Club novel (with April Henry) and is getting ready to release a new series, too! I just finished reading Heart of Ice and will be watching for more books by this talented team.

In Heart of Ice, the Triple Threat Club is trying to convict one sociopath for a series of murders while trying to solve various other crimes that, unknown to them, are also being instigated by a sociopath—one whom they personally know but have no reason to suspect. Throughout the story, Wiehl takes the reader deep into the mind of this disturbed personality; it’s a scary (and sometimes a bit graphic) journey.

As in her other books, Wiehl touches on an assortment of social and political issues and concerns through the story as well: cancer, troubled teens, our prison system, rehabilitation programs, drug addiction, single-parenting, arson, and codependency—to name a few. Questions in the reader’s guide at the back of the book help the reader further consider opinions on how society should deal with some of these.

Though I enjoyed reading Heart of Ice (and look forward to reading future books by Wiehl and Henry), I wouldn’t classify this as a Christian novel. One of the characters happens to be a Christian, but the focus is on secular society dealing with cultural issues. Prayer is mentioned, but only as something Christians talk about when they don’t know what else to do. There is one miracle event that causes one of the non-Christian characters to wonder if maybe there is a God. Perhaps Wiehl and Henry will build on that in the next book.

Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending Heart of Ice for my review.
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