This weeks book review is on January's Book Club title, Predator by Terri Blackstock!
Book Description: Bestselling author Terri Blackstock presents another stand-alone novel, Predator. The murder of Krista Carmichael's fourteen-year-old sister by an online predator has shaken her faith and made her question God's justice and protection. Desperate to find the killer, she creates an online persona to bait the predator. But when the stalker turns his sights on her, will Krista be able to control the outcome? Ryan Adkins started the social network GrapeVyne in his college dorm and has grown it into a billion-dollar corporation. But he never expected it to become a stalking ground for online Predators. One of them lives in his town and has killed two girls and attacked a third. When Ryan meets Krista, the murders become more than a news story to him, and everything is on the line. Joining forces, he and Krista set out to stop the killer. But when hunters pursue a hunter, the tables can easily turn. Only God can protect them now.
Review by Kira Brant: This week the review is written by me because Kim Hunter has the flu and is feeling horrible :( So I am taking the reigns and writing about this thrilling novel! Let me start off by saying this is not my type of book at all. Most of you know by now that I love sappy romances with happy endings! I'm not used to suspense! This was wonderful! I couldn't put it down!
The main character Krista is desperately trying to find her sister's killer. She was murdered by one of her followers on the social network "Grapevyne" (basically like Facebook.) In her journey she ends up getting help from Grapevyne's creator, Ryan. He was hesitant to help at first. After all, how could he imagine that his network is responsible for such horrible crimes?
This entire book makes you think twice about posting things on facebook. Don't put all of your detailed info out there! Don't "friend" people you don't know! And please...don't post on there where you are at every waking moment of the day! The thought that people could be watching your every move is just plain CREEPY!
I loved how God was used in this story. Ryan grew up in church but didn't go as an adult and Krista's great faith helped him see that he needed God again in his life. Through these terrible crimes, God is what brought everyone through it all. A reminder for us...
I highly recommend this book...especially if you have a teen in your life that spends a bit too much time on facebook!