Thursday, October 29, 2015

Heaven's Prey by Janet Sketchley

A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer–and it may be the answer to her prayers.
Heaven’s PreyDespite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the former race car driver who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t–or won’t–look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end–whatever the cost?
Heaven’s Prey is about a dangerous offender’s last chance at redemption and a vulnerable woman’s obedience to pray for her enemy–not the gentle
inspirational read many associate with Christian fiction. The first edition of this novel was a finalist in the 2013 Word Awards (suspense category).

About the Author:
Janet Sketchley
Credit: Amanda Walker Photography
Janet is a Canadian author who loves stories with strong characters, adventure and hope. Her novels, including Heaven’s Prey, Secrets and Lies, and Without Proof (coming Nov/15), are stories of suspense and redemption.
Some random facts about her: 
  • Her super-power is untangling yarn and Slinkies™; 
  • She has over 50 varieties of tea in her kitchen; 
  • She is Canadian but worked at the busiest McDonalds in London, England; 
  • She has taken basic fencing lessons; 
  • and once she rode an elephant.

She is also a wife, mom, daughter, friend, neighbor and a Christian growing in her faith.
My Thoughts:
I read the first chapter in this book on a blog a few months back and couldn't get it out of my head. I was lucky to be able to get it through my library.
This book starts fast paced! Ruth, a middle-aged woman, gets kidnapped! Her kidnapper is no random person. He is none other than Harry Silver, the same serial killer/rapist that kidnapped and murdered her niece several years ago. As a recently escaped felon, he is bent on satisfying his evil desires one more time before his flight to freedom.

On the flip/ ironic side, Ruth has been praying for Harry for a while now. It was the only way she was able to deal with her anger towards him for what he did to her niece. Her husband Tony, an unbeliever, thinks she is quite nuts, and doesn't really agree with all this praying for Harry stuff. Could her abduction be some strange coincidence? Or does Providence have something else in mind?

The author takes you on a roller-coaster rides of ups and downs and the ins and outs of Harry's life. The death of his mother, his addiction to porn, and his twisted obsession with blonde women. To be quite honest, some parts of this book were difficult to read. (I would not necessarily recommend to a underage audience) But I understand that the author is using her story and descriptions to make a point and enhance the novel.

In-spite of Ruth's fears, Ruth never gives up hope. She not only prays for a way of escape, but she continuously prays for her captor, his capture, as well as a second chance with the Lord. Her desire for his salvation usurps her desire to be free and live. I think this is such a great testimony to us all. It is so easy to get caught up in the hate, indifference, and attitudes around us, sometimes we fail to reach out to those who are hurting - even those doing evil. Instead of seeing them as people in need of a Savior, we only see how they may have caused us pain or hurt. This book has a wonderful message on forgiveness.

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