Herman brings the Secrets of the Roux River Bayou series to a close in this novel.
Les Barbes, Louisiana, is rocked by murders. Someone has injected cyanide into water bottles sold at a local market. Several people have died, including a young boy. When others become ill it is discovered that cyanide was also added to a buffet line. Authorities suspect a terrorist attack although no group has claimed responsibility.
Into Les Barbes comes Sax Henry. He's following the trail of his long lost sister. They were part of a terribly dysfunctional and abusive family. Sax is trying to find forgiveness as he abandoned his sister when he left the family the night he turned seventeen. Would she forgive him, now, thirty years later?
Herman has done a great job, closing out this series. Running through this novel is the strong theme of forgiveness. When we have been forgiven much, can we forgive those who have hurt us so deeply? Other themes include family relationships and responsibilities. There is the overarching theme of relying on the Lord for strength.
A couple of areas were, perhaps, less than perfect. I knew who the murderer was early on. That did not stem my interest, though, as there was always the thought that a main character in the novel, close to the murderer, might be the final victim. And that leads to the second less than perfect aspect of the novel – the ending. I was ready for a suspenseful rescue but that was not to be.
Nonetheless, I think I have read all of Herman's books and like them enough to continue reading them. I'll be looking for her next series, in which, she says, will appear some characters from this one.
David C. Cook, 400 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.