About the Book: Hannah Whitfield is tired of living a lie. She's been so caught up in hiding her affair from her husband, Jeff, and her three children that she cannot remember the last time she was honest with anyone, including her lover, Clint. Telling Jeff the truth is the hardest thing she's ever done, but she expects Clint to understand when she ends the affair. After all, he's the one who said "When it's over, it's over." Instead, he spends months stalking and intimidating Hannah. At last, Hannah believes she has finally convinced him to give up, and she and Jeff go camping. But Clint follows, and his actions alter the course of Hannah's destiny forever.
My Review: 3 ½ -4 stars. I usually steer clear of thrillers and religious fiction, namely because I know what’s going to happen in either of them- but when I found them hanging around in the same plot I was curious as to how it would turn out. Could they play nice and be friends? According to Mary Paddock they can. They can be best friends. For those of you that are on the fence about it know this: this book is pretty solid. Even if you can see miles ahead to the end of the book, which is more than possible about 1/3rd of the way in, there’s a dozen twists or turns before you get there, and some of those might surprise you. The plot itself is straight as an arrow – or a bullet - and the writing is rather well done. The characters are where I see the problems, some are terribly, terribly deep and others are flat, static cardboard cutouts. The character of Matt manages to be both at the same time, which is a rare feat in itself. Other than that though, Bright is well done.
So, the morals are feel-goody, the characters are mixed, and the writing and plot are solid. If you like thrillers, this’d be for you. If you want a “catch-the-murderer” style thriller with a side of ghosts and a large helping of Christian fiction to top it off this’d be the book that you’re looking for.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I am not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
About the Author: Mary Paddock lives with her family in the Missouri Ozarks. To date, she's written four books, and numerous short stories. Her short work has been published in a variety of venues. Mary's an avid gardener, loves long walks, and good books. In her spare time, she rescues strays, flea market china, and abandoned ideas.