Friday, June 27, 2014

Stranger Things by Erin Healy

Publisher: Thomas Nelson December 31, 2013
Genre: Fiction, suspense, sex trafficking
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: I won a free copy from the author. The review is expressed from my own opinion.

Summary:
Serena Diaz is an environmental science teacher at Mission Acres High School in southern California. The new school year has just began, this is her second year to teach. When the story begins Serena is called to a meeting with the high school principal. Serena's been accused by a male student of having, "an inappropriate sexual relationship in exchange for the promise of an A." Serena is suspended from teaching. Her career, reputation, and all the hopes and dreams she had, is at serious risk. Even if she is found innocent, her life will never be the same again. Serena's new boyfriend is a defense attorney. He advises her to keep quiet and come stay with him, do not go anywhere else, he will take care of her. On her way to his home, she takes a detour, this detour adds an additional crack-up to her broadening life collision.

My Thoughts:
Through the whole book it is difficult to stop reading. Even though I was put-out at times with Serena, I kept reading because I had to know how the story would continue and end. I had to know what kind of closure would be given for her and the other characters.
Through most of the story Serena is naive, and a bit foolish, to think she can fix things herself and head-butt the system with intelligence and determination. A few times I wanted to have a chat with her and tell her to knock it off, she's not a super power.
The story gave me a grave, including deplorable and deviant, description of the sex-trade business. The bottom line for the people involved is money. They have no qualms about hurting innocent precious children. Satan is definitely at work.
In the story there are dreams and visions which take place, this gives an element which can be controversial to Christians, but this is a fictional story, and I'll not argue with someone who disagrees with this point.
The subject matter is serious and troubling, but the story is clean of anything that would make a reader squirm.

The paperback is $12.60 at Amazon.  
Kindle is $9.99.
The paperback at CBD is $11.49.

Erin Healy website.

1 comment:

Erin Healy said...

Thanks for reading and supporting the book, Annette. I'm glad you liked it.