Friday, March 8, 2013

Strands of Deception by Robin Caroll - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Strands of Deception
B&H Books (March 1, 2013)
Robin Caroll


Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?


When Gina Ford, the daughter of a prominent Tennessee politician, goes missing from the University of Memphis a week after another girl was murdered on the same campus, police call in the FBI. Nick Hagar, married to his job as Special Agent in Charge, is assigned to the case, and when Gina’s body is found, her father demands justice.

Maddie Baxter is the forensic expert running DNA tests from the crime scene. When they come back without a match, Nick asks her to do a familial DNA run that yields a shocking result: the prime suspect is Adam Alexander, the very same guy who broke Maddie’s heart when she was in college.

But do scientific advancements tell the whole story? Strand of Deception offers romance, suspense, and a lively debate about the impact of DNA testing, for better or worse, on the United States justice system.

My Thoughts:

Science was the one steady…the one constant.  It couldn’t be manipulated.   Not when she broke it down to the barest and the DNA strands were the foundation of life.”  (p.259)

Maddie Baxter is a scientist, and an officer of the law, and she thrives on the validity of Science providing the solid evidence she needs to put those who break the law and break apart lives behind bars.  Maddie also depends on the security her job provides that allows her to hide behind its importance and avoid the sometimes heartrending intricacies of relationship.  She is so busy interacting with Science she has isolated herself from others.

Thankfully, the Lord has surrounded Maddie with friends and family who care about her, and who won’t leave her alone behind her armor of Science.  God also brings Special Agent Nick Hagar into her life on a wave of evidence from the murder scene of a prominent senator’s daughter.  As Maddie dives deep into the evidence she discovers that the DNA she has come to trust so completely reveals a disturbing connection to her past.  Where does she go from here?

This novel combines a suspenseful murder case with personal, sometimes romantic, interaction between a host of characters that fans of Robin Caroll’s Justice Seekers series have been eagerly awaiting.  And Caroll does not disappoint.  She weaves her story among the lives of many familiar characters and brings her readers to a satisfying but realistic conclusion to the series.  Legal justice has come to depend on the validity of scientific evidence, but the humans behind the evidence are still flawed and mistakes still occur. At some point, we all must bow our hearts in faith to the Creator of the science.  It’s not an easy journey. But that moment, when it comes, changes everything.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Strands of Deception, go HERE.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for writing a's greatly appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the read! Blessings, Robin Caroll