Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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They’ve robbed me of myself. There is no shame in the realization. The fear is not unfounded. If only it were.
But how long will I allow those who’ve staged these attacks to rule me?
Years ago, psychologist Denilyn Rossi struck a chord across the nation with her bestselling book about bullying. But fear is taking over her personal life, on account of a brutal attack in her past and the possibility that the man who once stalked her might be back in Convergence by author Ginny L. Yttrup.
I really liked or loved various aspects of this novel. It doesn’t shy away from tough issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, divorce, living with the phantom of fear, and the cost of brushing aside your instincts. The plot has good mental twists, and what I appreciate most about the book is that it isn’t a “whimpering damsel in distress” tale. Yes, Deni has her struggles and weaknesses, like any human being, but when it’s time for her to stand up, she stands up.
However, for a suspense novel, I found this one to be slow, and I had to push through parts where I started to lose interest. A number of scenes are given to descriptions of little mundane activities and a lot of contemplation and ambling through internal questions, some of which may not be necessary. After a great turning point when I thought the story’s pace would pick up, it stretched into a long, sometimes evasive wait before the climax, with Deni’s faith reflections becoming redundant, as if trying to explain a message that was already clear.
The book also has a recurring little issue of missing quotation marks, which jars the reading at times.
Nevertheless, for the overall story, I’d recommend this novel to fellow fans of ChristFic suspense.