Sunday, August 21, 2016

Robert Whitlow: The Witnesses

By Kelly Bridgewater

Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise—until his grandfather’s mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.

Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability to see future events in his mind’s eye—a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.

While Parker navigates the intrigue and politics of small-town courtroom law, Frank is forced to face his darkest regrets. Then, a big career break for Parker collides with a new love he longs to nurture and the nightmares his grandfather can no longer escape. Sudden peril threatens to shatter not only Parker’s legal prospects but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.
Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.

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My Thoughts:

I have never read anything by Robert Whitlow, even though a number of friends have recommended him. My TBR tower is falling over, so I haven't had a chance to add another book to the ever growing pile. But when Thomas Nelson's Fiction Guild handed me a copy of The Witnesses to review, I jumped into the story with both feet, not really knowing what to expect. The first chapter started right before the beginning of World War II, which is a huge favorite genre of mine, so I couldn't wait to see where this story went. As the story traveled back and forth from the first half of the twentieth century to the present day, I was engrossed in Frank's past. The story didn't move along too fast; it moved along at a nice pace. Life got in the way, so it took a while to finish the book, but I'm glad I did.  Whitlow left a rabbit trail of clues, leading up to the final climatic moment, but my only gripe about the story is that the climactic moment really wasn't that climactic. It was kind of a let down. Not that I didn't enjoy the story, but I thought the ending would be something more. As for the spiritual elements, it was not preachy. It was obvious faith was important to certain characters, but Whitlow didn't pound it into the my head.

Robert Whitlow's The Witnesses is a unique and original story with interesting characters and a dual plotline. I really enjoyed my Whitlow book and hope that I find time to read more.

I received a complimentary copy of Robert Whitlow's The Witnesses from Thomas Nelson Publishing, and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Have you ever read a book suggested by a friend and glad you did? Or did the opposite happen and you hated the book? (You don't have to name the title of the book, but let's top about different book tastes :).  )

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