About the Book
Book: Frost Heaves
Author: Alana Terry
Genre: Contemporary Christian mystery/suspense
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Jade will do anything to rescue her daughter.
Even risk her own life.
Or take someone else’s…
Jade’s a single mom with one goal: to give her daughter a happy childhood, free from the fears and abuse Jade experienced growing up in a cult.
Even though she broke free from her traumatic and dangerous past, Jade is still haunted by fiends … both seen and unseen … and by secrets some people will try to silence forever.
A fast-paced, can’t-stop-reading Christian thriller set in the heart of rural Alaska, Frost Heaves is real, relevant, and almost impossible to put down.
Just like you’d expect from award-winning author Alana Terry.
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Terry is not afraid to tackle serious issues in her novels and this one centers on spiritual abuse. Jade and her parents were part of a church with controlling leadership. Pastoral control can be subtle or overt. I remember hearing sermons on “touch not God's anointed” based on Miriam and Moses. But that can be a cover for spiritual abuse and in Jade's case, immoral behavior by the pastor.
This is not your cozy mystery. I found it hard to read about people so taken in by spiritual leadership they would support immoral behavior and not come to the rescue of the victim. I found it disappointing that local law enforcement would even submit to the powerful influence of the pastor.
I had mixed feelings about the characters. Jade seemed too nonchalant after receiving a threatening note. And the one woman near the end just seemed a little too crazy to be realistic. My favorite character was Dezzirae. Now she was quite the precocious little girl.
This is another good hard hitting novel from Terry.
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
While my childhood was spent in the lower 48 states, my husband and I moved to Alaska and this beautiful state has now become the place I call home. Even though adjusting to rural living (we moved to a town with only 400 residents) took some getting used to, I have grown to love everything about Alaska. In fact, I love it so much, I thought to myself, “I want to share the beauty of where we live with my readers.” And the best way I could think of to do that was to write a three-book, standalone series showcasing some of the wonderful things about Alaska living. However, it wouldn’t be an Alana Terry series without a lot of exciting, fast-paced suspense readers have grown to love. Identity Theft, Termination Dust, and Frost Heaves are filled with action, adventure, mystery and even a little bit of romance. Three different stories. All set in my beautiful state of Alaska. With all the action, adventure, suspense, and underlying hope that readers have come to love. One reviewer described Frost Heaves as “… full of suspense, covered with faith and truth, and sweetened with a touch of romance.” I wrote these books to share my love of Alaska as well as God’s love and redemption with others. And I hope you’ll turn the last page satisfied, but ready for more. If the Alaska Refuge Christian Suspense series is your introduction to Alana Terry books, you’ve read all three in the series (in any order), and you’re ready for more action, I’d like to introduce you to Kennedy Stern. Read Unplanned, Book 1 in the 9 book series. Once you get started, I’m sure you won’t want to put it down.
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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.