Friday, December 11, 2009

The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Familiar Stranger

Moody Publishers (September 1, 2009)


Christina Berry


Single mother and foster parent, Christina Berry carves time to write from her busy schedule because she must tell the stories that haunt her every waking moment. (Such is the overly dramatic description of an author's life!) She holds a BA in Literature, yet loves a good Calculus problem, as well. All that confusion must have influenced her decision to be team captain of a winning team on Family Feud.

Her debut novel, The Familiar Stranger, released from Moody in September and deals with lies, secrets, and themes of forgiveness in a troubled marriage. A moving speaker and dynamic teacher, Christina strives to Live Transparently--Forgive Extravagantly!

Her work has also appeared in The Secret Place, The Oregonian, and Daily Devotions for Writers.


Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise . . . if she knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU, with no memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready to care for him.

They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is and, in the process, they discover dark secrets. An affair? An emptied bank account? A hidden identity? An illegitimate child?

But what will she do when she realizes he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Familiar Stranger, go HERE

My thoughts:

This book is totally different from anything I have ever read. First off, the way it is written. It is written in the first person, but it goes back and forth between the man and the woman in the story, with the author always making it clear who is thinking/talking.

I thought the plot sounded really great, and I was not wrong. I tried to figure out where the book was going, but I was blown away at the end. Though not a mystery book as in suspense/crime, this book could rank as a mystery in some ways. You have a man suffering from amnesia who from all appearances was going to leave his family - but why? And there are mysterious circumstances surrounding it all.

I really enjoyed the book, and would recommend it. You won't be disappointed.