Monday, October 28, 2013

The Church Builder by A. L. Shields

The Church Builder

From the jacket of the book:
"For two months, small-town lawyer Bethany Barclay has been mourning the hit-and-run death of her enigmatic best friend, Annabelle Seaver. Then the son of her wealthiest client is found murdered in her kitchen. When Bethany herself becomes the leading suspect, she must flee both the authorities and a mysterious killer. But there is more at stake than she knows: Bethany is caught in the web of a shadowy organization determined to destroy Christianity."

Leona's Review:
This book was somewhat of a disappointment for me. I found grammar errors as well as other errors such as at the top of one the pages, it talked about the tea bags and the end of the page, it said he stirred his coffee.

I think more could have been accomplished with a better ending as well as less activities happening in the book. There were too many names and I was unsure of the good guys and the bad guys for a time. It took me to get to page 90 to really find an interest.

Bethany is a lawyer who has written a will for a client and the son is upset the money was left to an organization. He is found dead at Bethany's house and then she begins her run from the law and others.

I never find a connect with her and the other characters in the book. It is a mystery and does have the twists and turns a reader would expect from a mystery book. I kept waiting for someone to really be trusted.

Religion is part of the book but not overly done.

I would also have found a different title for The Church Builder; I do not think the title fits the book.

I do suggest that the reader complete the book as it does have some interesting portions and surprises. I will probably do a re-read of it.

I am unsure of the ratings I want to give it; I have been from a 3 to a 5 and will end up with a 4.
I received a complimentary copy of The Church Builder from to read and review.
The opinions are my own.

From zondervan:
A. L. Shields is a pseudonym for Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for thirty years. He is also the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction and five bestselling novels. His first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002), spent eleven weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His most recent novel, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, was published in July of 2012.
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