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Book Review: Sound of Red Returning, Book One Red Returning by Sue Duffy

Liesl Bower age 37 is a world acclaimed concert pianist. Her life is piano. She is unmarried, no children, no hobbies or interests. Her world is the piano, and the music that she brings forth from her hands touching the keys. Fifteen years ago her mentor and friend Dr. Devoe died in an alley in Moscow under mysterious circumstances. Liesl was heartbroken when this happened but she's tried to go on with her life. After his death she was interrogated but released soon afterwards. Now, after all these years she is being followed and her life is in peril. The CIA believes she has something that the Russians want. Liesl doesn't want to believe that her life is in danger, she does not take the threat seriously, at least in the beginning. Liesl has left God out of her life, He seems far removed from her. As the story progresses, she will see that God has been active in revealing Himself in the planning and working of her life.

I really, really, liked this book!
The first point that drew my interest was that Liesl played the piano. I play the piano too, I love music, especially classical music.
A second point is I saw both sides of Liesl. She is a character that is: devoted, disciplined, hard-working, strong-willed, determined, persevering, resilient, intelligent, talented and beautiful. I also saw her imperfections such as her unresolved past that included unforgiveness and grief turned bitter. She is mistrustful of people, especially men. She sees herself as independent, but she is not. Her devotion to the piano is her whole life, and in playing concert piano she meets many people and travels the world, yet she is lonely and does not have meaningful personal relationships with people.
The story has moments of beautiful prose, for example:
"The sea had swept the air with its pure, sweet breath, reminding Manhattan that it was, indeed, an island." page 26.
While I was reading the book I did not quite know whom to trust, it seemed that spies were unfaithful. In the end it would be who is the more steadfast and faithful, or who can be tempted and even bought. I enjoyed reading a story that I could not guess who was "it."

Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor

About the author:
Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

Thank you to Litfuse Group and Kregel Publications for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Published by Kregel Publications 2012
288 pages
Christian Fiction/Suspense/National Security/CIA/Espionage/Romance

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Paperback $10.08
Not available on Kindle

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Blissful Reading!


Sue Duffy said…
This is one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking reviews I have read about this novel. And to include the Chopin . . . oh my! Thank you for it all.

Sue Duffy
Annette said…
Thank you for visiting and leaving such a kind comment!
I play the piano and Moonlight Sonata is probably my favorite piece!
Please visit again!