Yes, this book starts out with a bang and keeps you spellbound throughout the whole novel!
While it may sounds like any Christian fiction thriller novel on the market today, there is a big difference, and it makes the Dinah Harris series one of my favorites! Author Julie Cave doesn't just write to entertain; she weaves some very important themes and messages throughout her stories. In Pieces of Light, the main topic is domestic abuse and child abuse. How abuse as a child can create a person who can't relate to people and life normally. How Christians need to step in and make a difference. And, ultimately, how God can still save and forgive, no matter how great the sin, as long as they truly repent! I'm getting ahead of myself, though :)
The book opens with a family attending the funeral of their father, who was quite abusive towards his family, yet cheerful, compassionate and helpful with fellow Church-members. As a result, while the whole community and church is mourning their loss, the children (now adults) are, in a way, thankful that he is gone. As the story unfolds, you are drawn into the darkness of these 2 young adult's lives. While they seem to be normal and happy on the outside, they are both suffering enormously from what they went through as children. Each of them has a different way of coping with the pain, and one of them is out for revenge. After all, the Church that they attended faithfully growing up never stepped in to help. The minister didn't even look into it when one of the children approached him about the abuse at home. When a local church is bombed during their worship service, Dinah Harris is called in as a consultant by her former partner Agent Ferguson (if you've read the other books in the series, you will certainly remember Ferguson!) and a bomb specialist, Aaron Sinclair. For those of you who have read the previous books and were pleading for Dinah to find romance, you guessed it-Agent Sinclair! As the trio uncovers clues and tracks down the bomber, Dinah and Aaron grow closer together-until Dinah is confronted with the Scriptures about believers marrying non-believers. This puts a hold on their relationship, even as they still have to work together. A court document that comes into their possession gives them a tie between the churches already bombed, and alerts the team to other churches that could be in danger. Also playing out in the novel is an underlying theme of the battle for separation of Church and State. This doesn't seem to fit in to the rest of the book at first, but Julie ties it in very carefully, and even keeps you updated on Dinah's old nemesis, Senator Winters.
I don't want to ruin the story for those who haven't read it yet, but you will be surprised at the ending. I would say the major themes in this book are forgiveness, redemption and a call for Christians to reach out to those who are hurting. I give Pieces of Light a 5-star rating! This isn't just entertainment -although it will keep you up late at night reading (yes, I speak from experience :) -this is fiction with a serious message.
My only concern is-Where's the next book in the Dinah Harris series?!
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