Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Shadowed Mind by Julie Cave-Review

The Shadowed Mind, authored by Julie Cave, is the second book in the Dinah Harris mystery series. I read the first book, Deadly Disclosures, after my sister purchased it, and I was thrilled to find a fiction book that wasn't just a waste of time. I'm very picky about the books I read, and generally don't like the normal "Christian romance" novels. There has to be more to the plot than hero and heroine meet, fall in love, and after several difficulties, end up getting married. I much prefer a deeper plot, and so I usually stick with mystery/suspense if I'm in the mood for a fiction book.  But, what I enjoy most about this series is that even though they're fiction, there is a lot of information packed into them! The Shadowed Mind deals with the issue of eugenics. It explains how eugenics is a natural offshoot of evolution, since if humans are simply higher-evolved organisms, there is no sanctity to life. 

"A suspense-filled mystery which answers an ominous question:
Who will be found worthy to live; who is the next victim?
After the deadly investigation into the Smithsonian murders, Dinah Harris is now facing a daily battle to keep her sobriety while struggling to form a new career from the ashes of her former job as an FBI agent. From the shadows will emerge a cunning and terrifying killer, who carefully and methodically will decide whose life has value to society and whose does not.
Using her profiling and security skills as a private consultant based in Washington, DC, Dinah uncovers a connection to the shadowy world of neo-eugenics, and those who publicly denounce the killings but privately support a much different view.
Against this backdrop, Dinah must come to terms with her own past, as those associated with the deepening mystery face their own personal demons, and struggle with the concept of God's inexhaustible grace and forgiveness. Old secrets are revealed, tragedies unearthed, and the devastating legacy of science without compassion is finally brought to light.
The second in a powerful new fiction trilogy!"

My Thoughts About Shadowed Mind:
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The mystery is well thought-out and develops smoothly, and it really keeps your attention! From the discovery of the first body (a young street girl) to the end of the book, Dinah and her new partner Samson are tracking down a serial killer. The killer leaves a mysterious message with each body (starting with a picture on the first victim), and Dinah must discover what the messages mean so they can stop the murders. In addition to the mystery, there is also an underlying plot regarding a woman dealing with her father's struggle with Alzheimer's. Of course, in the end this is also tied in to the story. Above everything else in this book, the message of God's forgiveness and mercy for those who repent prevails. When Dinah loses her battle with alcohol one night, she speaks to a Christian friend who encourages her with the thought that if she truly repents of her sin, God will forgive. 
Julie Cave has a writing style that I really enjoy, and she keeps the story moving at a good pace. Even the "lectures" on euthanasia, eugenics, etc. are written in such a way as to make them interesting. Not just a portion of the book you'll skip over to get to the end quicker :)

I thought The Shadowed Mind was very well-written, and very informative. I can't wait to read the 3rd book in this series, which is due out in June 2011!

Disclaimer:I was given a copy of this book for review from New Leaf Publishing Group. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your review, I'm really glad you enjoyed it as a thriller with some substance!