Title: The Strings
Author: Caleb Breakey
“I am your conductor. And that’s what you will call me,” the sinister puppetmaster dictates to his strings in Caleb Breakey’s novel, The String.
~ What ~
The first in the Deadly Games series, this three-hundred-and-twenty-page paperback targets those interested in contemporary Christian suspense. With no profanity, topics of physical and mental abuse, dying, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments and the writer’s biography with advertisements.
In this dark drama that is sometimes written in first person, Mark Haas has kept his past hidden from his girlfriend while being a university cop. But when he is sequestered to be one of the strings in a murderous plot designed by a person who knows all about him and others, many are forced to make choices of who lives or dies. With fear driving normal people to madness, the one in control leverages and toys with the will of unsuspected participants who all have hidden sins.
~ Why ~
This fast-paced read has a devious character who seems to always be one step ahead of those he has chosen and punishes for anyone who causes a knot in his plans. The story moves quickly along while the reader is pulled into the symphony of choice versus will, evil versus morals, and right versus wrong. I liked the protagonist’s determination and fortitude to search and destroy his enemy at any cost.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like stories of torture, murder, and twisted minds will not appreciate this book that involves a person who wants to control others. Some may not like the disturbing beginning or the graphic video depictions.
~ Wish ~
Although I liked the author’s writing style, I thought the ending was rushed and the unveiling of the conductor a bit unrealistic. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. It would be ideal if the eternal plan of salvation were added.
~ Want ~
If you like a disturbing read of a person who would do anything to anyone to be in control, this one will keep you up at night, but it may not be for those who prefer innocuous, cushy, romantic suspense.
Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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