About the Book
Book: Termination Dust
Author: Alana Terry
Genre: Contemporary Christian Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: March 15, 2019
An abusive father. A devoted sister. When danger strikes, she’ll walk through fire to protect her family.
Despite years of trauma, Kimmie’s faith has never faltered. And after her mom’s unexpected death, Kimmie risks everything to save her autistic brother from a life of neglect and abuse. Caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous dilemma, she dashes out with her brother into the bitter Alaskan night. With the devil in pursuit and the law on her stepdad’s side, Kimmie must brave the perils of the freezing wilderness in a desperate attempt to finally reach safety. Can Kimmie survive the daring escape, or has she doomed both herself and her brother to a frozen grave? Termination Dust is a standalone novel in the unforgettable Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense series. If you like determined characters, harsh landscapes, and faith under fire, then you’ll love Alana Terry’s riveting novel. Buy Termination Dust to dive headfirst into a gripping adventure today!
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Terry is not afraid to write about tough issues. Here she tackles co-dependence and abuse. The main character is Kimmie. After her mother apparently committed suicide, Kimmie is left with her physically (but not sexually) abusive step-father, taking care of her four year old half brother.
Kimmie's character was a bit puzzling to me. She didn't seem to want to escape the harmful situation she was in, then suddenly decided to do so. And her mother never escaped, even though she had also suffered physical abuse and there had been a way out. We also find out that the communication of important issues from her mother to Kimmie was nonexistent. I thought those aspects of her mother odd as she was described as a committed Christian. Why did she let her no good husband batter her children for years? Is that what co-dependence looks like?
I do like Terry's writing style. It is clear and engaging. Even though there is really no mystery included, there is a bit of suspense. Readers who like novels dealing with abuse issues and including a little romance on the side will like this novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.
More from Alana
Something some of my fans may not know about me is while I grew up in the continental United States, I have made my home with my husband and children in Alaska for many years now. I have grown to love Alaska, which is probably why I was so excited to write this series about the Alaskan wilderness to share a bit of my favorite parts of Alaska with my readers. In Alaska, we have a phrase that perfectly describes the fall season: Termination Dust. That’s when the first snow falls on the mountains, signifying the end of summer. Fall in Alaska is beautiful. Orange on the tips of the trees lend a splash of color against the backdrop of unending green. For the first time since May, it gets dark enough to see the stars. If you brave the cold and happen to be awake at 1 am, you might even see some shooting stars. I hope you enjoy reading about Kimmie and her autistic brother as much as I enjoyed writing their story. As with all my suspense novels, if you like determined characters, harsh landscapes, and faith under fire, get ready to dive headfirst into a gripping adventure today!
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.