#CrimeThriller #BookReview -- The Church of the Holy Child by Patricia Hale --#giveaway inside
A woman with a history of domestic abuse is missing. Her sister hires private investigators Cole and Callahan.
When the woman is found dead, her husband is charged but when a second body appears showing the same wounds, questions arise and what looked like a slam-dunk becomes anyone’s guess. The case goes to John Stark, a veteran cop and close friend of Griff Cole.
The bodies are piling up, and one person knows where the killer is. Father Francis, a priest at The Church of the Holy Child, listens to the killer’s disturbed account of each murder and wrestles with the vows that bind him to secrecy.
The case takes an unexpected and personal turn when Cole’s ex-wife goes missing and a connection to his past points to the killer.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In this psychologically thrilling crime novel by Patricia Hale, we meet a woman who has become an attorney-turned-private investigator and assists the local police department in the unsolvable crimes. Volunteering her time offering legal advice at the women’s’ shelter, she seeks to offer strategies and support to abused women. The story picks up when mothers are being murdered.
We also meet a priest who has been unwillingly pulled into the crimes. An unsavory parishioner has decided to tell him every gory detail, including the logic, of every murder. Bound by the Sacramental Seal, he agonizes over how to deal with the information and begins to question the validity of the Catholic confession practices.
Wrapped in suspense and sealed with religious mystery, this novel deals with so many issues. It makes for a great book for readers who enjoy Dan Brown.
Each character, full and round, had a story to tell.
Through the massive and accomplished plot, I learned (actually it was reemphasized) the answer to your question is always "between the lines" of what you are reading. Study the lines and dig beneath the surface – the answer to whatever you seek is often right before your eyes.