Monday, March 4, 2013

Unholy Hunger

Unholy Hunger
(Lure of the Serpent #1)
Heather James
(Kregel Publications)
ISBN: 978-0825442919
December 2012/22 pages/$13.99

Evelyn Barrett wants to die. As long as her daughter’s murderer dies with her, she is ready to go. Why did this man--this stranger--destroy her family? Why has he not been brought to justice? Why is she forced to live a life of anger and grief? Amid a million questions she cannot answer, Evelyn knows one thing for sure: this murderer must be punished for his crime.
Before it all, she was a successful attorney who won all the hard cases. Now that the case is personal, Evelyn will stop at nothing to seek her own version of justice. When another girl goes missing, Evelyn plows forward, ignoring the warnings from police detectives, the pleas of her grief-stricken husband, and the strange, almost supernatural tingles that tug at her. But as she follows the stench of evil, Evelyn learns that the hardest thing she will have to face may not be the death of her child after all. Perhaps the harder lesson is this: the ultimate truth--of crime and verdict, of life and death--cannot be swayed by a mother’s revenge.

In this first book of a new, page-turning series, a woman will be brought to her limits before she finally recognizes the movement of the Holy Spirit and reconnects with the source of true peace.


Heather James is the author of the Lure of the Serpent Series, suspense novels that pack quick wit into the high heels of attorney turned vigilante, Evelyn Barrett.

In addition, Heather is a practicing lawyer in California and a columnist with The Bakersfield Californian. Her columns focus on the humorous aspects of marriage and parenthood. Heather is married and works at home, raising two young sons. Learn more at her website,


This was a captivating, albeit occasionally difficult, read--difficult only because of the subject matter, which is every parent's nightmare. At times I wanted to read while peeking through my fingers held protectively over my eyes, as if watching a train wreck in progress. The story is raw, gritty, and sadly, all too real for too many people. Heather James has done a superb job of capturing the reality and the emotions of this heartbreaking tale without being sensationalist or overbearing. Most importantly, she deftly entwines the message of redemption and powerfully demonstrates why we as finite humans must lay vengeance at the feet of the Lord.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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