The Resurrection, Mike Duran, Realms, Suspense, 2011, 307 pages.
Synopsis: When Ruby Case, an unassuming crippled woman, inexplicably raises a boy from the dead, she creates uproar in the quiet coastal town of Stonetree. Some brand her a witch, others a miracle worker. Yet Reverend Ian Clark could care less. Dogged by demons and immersed in self-pity, Clark is being unwittingly drawn into a secret religious order--one that threatens his very life. But he's about to get a wake-up call.
Together, Ruby and Reverend Clark are thrust into a search for answers... and a collision with unspeakable darkness. For behind the quaint tourist shops and artist colonies lies a history of deceit. And a presence more malignant than anything they can imagine. Yet a battle is brewing, the resurrection is the first volley, and the unlikely duo are the only ones who can save them. But can they overcome their own brokenness in time to stop the evil, or will they be its next victim?
My thoughts: This book is a thrill ride, to be sure. However, instead of a rushing wind-in-your-face type of ride, it builds up suspense for the final thrill. Then, at the end, it takes you up at a steep pace through a tunnel. Then you exit the tunnel, and are suspended above the ride, showing you a full view of the whole story. Suddenly, you are on an unstoppable drop toward the climax, and you have no idea how it will end. It was a marvelous rush! I started to get bored with the book, but looking back the dread and suspense it bestowed owed to the masterpiece plot a great deal.
I was able to connect with the characters a great deal. Reverend Ian Clark is living with his secrets, doubting his own sincerity, and searching for the answers. Ruby Case is a normal country woman suddenly hoisted into everyone's view when she unwittingly raises a boy from the dead. She must cope with the stress and also search for answers.
This is a worthy book to buy, if you are not uncomfortable with the unknown.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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