Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fear Has A Name-Creston Mapes

Fear Has A Name

Creston Mapes

David C. Cook, Jun 1 2013, $14.95

ISBN: 9780781408165

The man bangs constantly at the door and screams at the frightened occupants to open up. Inside Pamela Crittenden warns him she will call the cops while taking her daughters, seven years old Rebecca and five years old Faye, and fleeing the house as the man breaks glass and opens the bolt. The three frightened females rush into the home of neighbor Tommy Sweeny. Tommy calls Pamela’s husband Jack a reporter at the Trenton City Dispatch with what happened.

Trenton City Dispatch Editor Cecil Barton assigns his top reporter Jack Crittenden to look into the disappearance of Methodist Pastor Dr. Richard Billings. However, just after Jack reads an article in Faith Line about Dr. Billings, Tommy calls him with what happened to his family and that the big man stayed inside for ten minutes but stole only jewelry. Jack feels violated while traumatized Pamela wonders how this could happen in a nice neighborhood like theirs in Trenton City, Ohio. Trying to pretend nothing happened but with his soul filled with anger and fear, Jack works on his journalist assignment; Pamela thanks God for saving them though upset that God placed her daughters in such dire straits; and the girls suffer nightmares.

The two rotating subplots are well written, but it is the Crittenden family trauma that grips the reader in this exhilarating Christian suspense thriller. Action-packed from the opening Crittenden Home Invasion and with a super cast, readers will appreciate Creston Mapes’ taut tale as the Lord works in mysterious ways especially when it comes to salvation.

Harriet Klausner

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