Friday, January 27, 2012

The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy REVIEWED!

About the Book: (from the publisher)

After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man--that eerie face--the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back--and coming for her.

On the run and struggling to rely on the protection of CIA agent Ava Mullins and handsome newspaper reporter Cade O’Brien, Liesl learns she is the prey of an underground cell of Russian KGB agents determined to restore their country to its former Soviet might. But what she doesn’t know is that she is in possession of something--a piece of sheet music--that Russian intelligence is now frantic to find. Inside that music is a secret code, the hidden transcriptions of her deceased mentor, that clearly identify a Russian mole operating inside Israel’s Department of Defense, a mole with enough power and access to execute a daring assassination that no one would see coming.

Caught in a deadly conflict between American and Russian undercover agents, this innocent young pianist is just trying to survive her own personal trauma. Through it all, Liesl must learn that no matter how dark her world grows or how fiercely her enemies pursue her, God is still in control--if only she can yield herself to His grace. Read an excerpt here:

My Thoughts:

"Nothing happens to your children that hasn’t first passed through your hands…So if that’s true, Lord, then tell me what I’m supposed to do with this.” (p. 286)

Liesl Bower’s journey to faith – true faith in God – is a harrowing journey that takes place over many years. However, Sue Duffy records the most harrowing part of the journey in her latest novel, The Sound of Red Returning. At the outset, I had NO IDEA that this plot would be so intricate nor so shocking! The last few chapters really take you in some very unexpected directions! To be honest, the entire novel was just a great mixture of personal struggles, thrilling plot lines, and mysterious questions that end in surprising answers.

Liesl was the central character,and I grew to care for her a great deal. She seems so strong and confident in many ways, and yet in her deepest heart she has a lot of uncertainty and questions. The ending was very satisfying to say the least!

Sue Duffy’s novel is a great read, and one I am thrilled to recommend to my readers!

About the Author:
Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

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1 comment:

Sue Duffy said...

Thanks so much for this review. I'm grateful for every reader and particularly those who reap something from my stories.

There's more coming!

Sue Duffy