Pieces of Light by Julie Cave
This is the third and final book in the Dinah Harris mystery series.The author develops the character and story lines enough to make this a stand-alone book, but it would be helpful to read the other two (Deadly Disclosures and The Shadowed Mind) beforehand in order to better understand the characters.
As with the other books in the series, Julie Cave has several subplots going on as well as the main plot. The main plot is about Dinah Harris, former FBI agent, being called in to investigate a serial bomber targeting churches. Also, as with her other novels, the author tackles more than one “issue” in the world and in the church.
In this one she expertly tackles the issue of separation of church and state. She brilliantly uses dialogue to explain the truth and history of this issue even going back to Thomas Jefferson’s views on this. She also includes believable information on child abuse, and the importance of living under the authority of the Bible.
I appreciated the clear and true presentation of the gospel message and the references to the main character going to church, reading her Bible, etc. I would have liked to have a little more of her thought life as it related to her relationship with Christ. The author brought us into the “heads” of the other characters with their woundedness, disbelief, and wickedness more than the Christian character which did not feel edifying to me.
For a mystery it was truly interesting and it was especially intriguing to see how all the subplots fit together. I did not like the way the story kept jumping around though. It was more distracting to me than helpful.
If you like mysteries, this is worth the read. If you would like to learn about separation of church and state in an entertaining fashion this will do it. If you would like to learn more about how child abuse affects people this will do that too.
To purchase your own copy of this book go here: Pieces of Light (A Dinah Harris Mystery) (Dinah Harris Mysteries)
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