Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fearless by Mike Dellosso

A child mysteriously appears in the lives of Jim and Amy Spencer. Will her presence be a blessing…or a curse?

When a nine-year-old girl named Louisa mysteriously appears in the middle of a house fire with no memory of how she got there or where she came from, Jim and Amy Spencer agree to take her in. Wrestling with the recent loss of their own child, Amy is hurt and angry while Jim is just trying to make it through each day and hold their marriage together.

For Jim, Louisa is the daughter he always wanted, but Amy isn’t as comfortable with her. The girl has a special gift, and soon that gift will unknowingly push them all into contact with a serial killer who has been terrorizing the small town of Virginia Mills. Only by uniting can Jim and Amy save themselves and Louisa before it’s too late.
My review:
   After taking a break from his usual genre' of writing to write a story about cancer and its affect on a family,  Mike is to write what he does best: thriller/suspense. That isn't to say his other book wasn't good. It was, but he excells at this genre'.
   Much of what Mike writes could be classifed as Christian horror/thriller/suspense, with some supernatural elements. I would classify this book as just thriller/suspense with some unexplained/supernatural elements.
   As with any of his books, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fearless. He created some great characters, good and bad, and worked a great plot around them that kept me guessing. For most of the book, it seemed like there were two stories going on, and I knew they were connected, but I didn't know how. The book had more than one twist and turn that I didn't see coming, especially who the bad guy was. There was something that I kept wondering about, and I won't say what as to prevent spoilers, but it all made sense in the end.
   Mike is another author who isn't afraid to work a Christian message into his book, and this one was no exception. The message in this one was a message that would be good for all of us: Never lose faith in God. Even in the bad times, He is still there and can work things out.
  I had put reading the book off til close to the release date, and once I started reading it, I kept at it until I was finished, and though not everything was explained, I was left with that feeling when I finish a great book. Satisfied.
About the author:
Mike Dellosso is the author of numerous novels of suspense, including Darkness Follows, Darlington Woods, and Scream. He is an adjunct professor of writing at Lancaster Bible College and frequent contributor to Christian websites and newsletters. Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers association, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer’s Network, and FaithWriters, and he plans to join International Thriller Writers. He earned his BA degree from Messiah College and his MBS from Master’s International School of Divinity. He lives in Hanover, PA, with his wife and daughters.
And might I add, he is a great and genuine guy.
Check out Mike's website at MikeDellosso.com
Fearless is available from Realms Publishing.
Thanks to Mike Dellosso for the review copy