Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Kregel Tour: Hands of Darkness (Lure of the Serpent Book 2) by Heather James #grow4christ

on April 2, 2014

About the book:

Evelyn Barrett has a new job, a new baby, and a new life-of sorts. Nearly crushed by the horrific abduction and murder of her daughter (book 1, Unholy Hunger), Evelyn is moving on as best she can.

No longer allowed to practice law, she is recruited by one of the detectives from her daughter’s case to become a police consultant. Her inaugural case becomes a baptism by fire as she joins the hunt for a chillingly methodical and sadistic serial rapist and murderer.

Her revulsion and anger fuels a passion for justice . . . and then it becomes personal. Her friend and law school roommate, Jen, becomes a victim. The rapist has made a catastrophic mistake with Jen: he has left her alive and able to talk.

Filled with the chilling tension of Unholy Hunger, Hands of Darkness explores the emotional and spiritual consequences for all involved when justice and compassion collide head-on with the darkest examples of human depravity.


You can purchase a copy at Kregel.


My Opinion:


I read book 1, Unholy Hunger, last year and really enjoyed it and so I was excited to read Hands of Darkness, which is book 2 in Heather James’ Lure of the Serpent series.  This one begins looking into the mind of a man, a pure evil mind, one that had been abused and neglected at the hands of his attorney mother until at age 16 she threw him out and he began taking out his anger on women.  Evelyn is pregnant, her marriage is on the mend from losing their daughter and so things are looking up for her and she becomes a police consultant and gets wrapped up into a dangerous case, one she can’t back away from when one of her friends becomes a surviving victim of a rapist-murderer.  Even at the stakes of losing her life and leaving behind her newborn son and husband she pursues the killer because she knows it’s something she must do and even comes close to being number 6.


I don’t want to give a lot, or any spoilers but I will say that I found a new way that breast milk can come in handy – if you’re ever attacked just squirt your breast milk at said attacker – and since I’m a pro-breastfeeder I liked the main stream look at a working mom who also achieves a way to nurse her infant.  Usually, the second book is hard pressed to compete with the first book, but that isn’t the case I enjoyed this book probably more than the first – it kept me on the edge of my seat for an entire day, well probably only a few hours but with start and stops I finished it this morning having started it late last night.  Since I do issue warnings I will say this there is some crude referrals to certain acts, because of the element that is dealt with in the story it lent a certain authenticity but I definitely wouldn’t let my 12 year or even an older child read this book.  Overall, I’d recommend this to friends who enjoy suspenseful books and who enjoy Christian fiction but may want something edgier – Heather James is an attorney and that comes through in her writing.



(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws


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