Monday, December 13, 2010

Book Review: The Killing Storm by Kathryn Casey

The Killing Storm by Kathryn Casey is an intense story of a mother, her abducted son, and the Texas Ranger who investigates the kidnapping. All this happens during a deadly hurricane that threatens the city and hinders the investigation.

The Killing Storm (Sarah Armstrong) is a skilled writer. This is her third novel in the Sarah Armstrong series. However, it the first of her books that I have read. And I'm glad I did. I found this book to be exciting as well as entertaining. I was pulled into the plot from the first chapter. I especially liked how it flowed seamlessly from one chapter to the next, keeping my interest while remaining plausible.Kathryn Casey

Here is a plot summary from the author's website:

A quiet afternoon in the park, and four-year-old Joey Warner plays in the sandbox, when a stranger approaches looking for his runaway dog. While Joey’s mom, Crystal, talks on her cell phone, the stranger convinces the child to help search. By the time Crystal turns around, her son has disappeared. Yet her behavior is odd, not what one would expect from a distraught mother. Is Crystal Warner somehow involved in her son’s abduction?

Meanwhile, on a cattle ranch outside Houston, Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong assesses a symbol left on the hide of a slaughtered longhorn, a figure that dates back to a forgotten era of sugarcane plantations and slavery. Soon other prizewinning bulls are butchered on the outskirts of the city, each bearing a different but similar drawing. Before long, the investigations converge at the same time a catastrophic hurricane threatens. Someone very close to Sarah is brutally murdered, and the clock ticks, as the storm moves in. If Sarah doesn’t act quickly, the child will die.

I like books that explore the depraved mind and help us see our sinful nature in a unique way. I am fascinated by the reasons why evil people do what they do and how God uses others to restrain that evil and punish the wicked. Thank God he rescues us from ourselves!

I am grateful to Pump Up Your Book for sending this book to me for review. I am looking forward to reading more of Mrs. Casey's books!

I give The Killing Storm 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

(I received this book from Pump Up Your Book! for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

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