Sunday, May 10, 2009

Book Review: Face of Betrayal

When I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers to review, I was excited to get started reading. It's been a while since I've sat down to just read a book on my own, and not as a read aloud for my children's schooling. I spent the next couple of days engrossed in the book, having a difficult time putting it down in order to attend to my duties as a wife, homemaker, mom, and homeschool teacher.

The novel begins when Katie Converse, a 17-year old Senate page, disappears without a trace while home in Portland, OR for Christmas break. Nicole Hedges, Allison Pierce, and Cassidy Shaw are on the case, each bringing their own experience and resources to assist them. Nicole, an FBI agent who investigates internet crime against children, is assigned to the case because of her expertise in dealing with parents. Allison is a federal prosecutor. Cassidy Shaw works for a local television channel and is hoping the Converse case will bring her upward mobility in her career.

The novel weaves its way through the details of the case in an interesting way. Current events are told from perspective of the three main characters in the form of very short, dated, chapters. Each chapter focuses on one of the characters, what they learn about the case, and significant events in their lives unrelated to the case. Interspersed between those chapters are excepts from Katie's myspace blog that reveals details in events leading up to her disappearance. From all appearances, it looks like her sponsor to the page program, a U.S. Senator, is responsible...or is he?

The novel includes many clues to keep you guessing, subplots, and plot twists. There's always something new to keep you reading as you try to figure what happened to Katie and who did it. I found the book to be an interesting and easy read.

**Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. The above review includes my true impressions about the book. In most cases, I do not keep the book (lack of storage space), but rather give it away in the next Goodwill box.

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Suswan said...

Very well-written review. Sounds like an interesting book.