Thursday, February 16, 2012
Book Review: BECAUSE OF ME by Fay Lamb
Let me preface this review by saying I'm entirely prejudiced; and no, I won't recuse myself. I just happen to know and love this over-energized, gifted, and caring author. I'm one of the dozens who critiqued this manuscript before it went to the editor. I so seldom found anything but a stray question mark to comment on that I'm really not sure why she even bothered to send the manuscript through the ACFW Scribes group.
Fay Lamb loves to write romantic suspense. This novel is no exception. On Page 1 where she introduces Michael, the hero, through a recurring nightmare the heroine, Issie (short for Isabelle) has. A recurring nightmare where she relives the worst day of her life.
On the last page, you finally exhale after holding your breath through thirty-one chapters of right and wrongful imprisonments, hatred, kidnappings, revenge, murders... Well, you get the picture. Stories of redemption and reconcilliation warm your heart at the same time that it freezes when the villain creeps out from under the pile of manure yet again.
I don't think I've ever read a book where the tension is stronger. Even knowing romantic suspense novels all have happy endings, you wonder page to page how this can happen in Issie's and Michael's lives. You'd have to read it to see what I mean.
Fay's book is available online as an e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, and hard copy directly from Fay website (signed!).