Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon

Posted March 27, 2015 by E.J. Roberts in 4 Stars, Adult, Book Review, Christian, Mystery/Thriller, Teen / 1 Comment

4 starJake Taylor is a US Marshal. He had just returned from a job and was looking forward to relaxing in his St. Louis home. However, before he even made it that far, he got a call from his boss directing him to the hospital. A federal judge’s sister had just been shot and Jake was being called in to protect the judge until they could determine who was the real target. Jake did not like hearing the judge was Elizabeth Michaels, the widow of his best friend from college. He did not have a good impression of her and was not looking forward to the assignment. However, it was his job to protect her. So, he decided he’d keep how he really felt under wraps and go do his job.

My Opinion

This is what I call a “formula book.” You have the handsome, strong federal agent go protect the beautiful, yet independent woman during a time of crisis. The agent says he won’t get involved, yet finds himself inexorably pulled in by her looks and her fragility. This book followed that formula so close, I couldn’t decide if I’d read the book before or not.

What was different about this book was the undercurrent of the Christian faith that ran through the whole thing. However, it wasn’t shoved in your face over and over, and didn’t impact the story a whole lot.

We have human fragility in faith in the form of Jake Taylor, who lost his faith in God when he lost his wife to a senseless accident several years back. Whereas Elizabeth clung to her faith during all of the trials she’d faced over the years. Do not think that this book depended on God stepping in and make everything work out perfect. It wasn’t like that at all. However, the faith component definitely kept down the unnecessary curse words and sexual interactions. It made it so I would be more than willing to hand the book over to my 16 year old without any qualms.

The book had a spectacular ending that kept you flipping through the pages as fast as you could read them to find out what happened next. All in all, It was well-written and an enjoyable read. If you like these types of books, this is one you definitely want to add to your list if you don’t mind the Christian aspect of the story line.

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