by Kristen Heitzmann

November 2006
ISBN: 0-7642-2829-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Monica takes her in, feeling she has no choice. It is her destiny to care for stragglers. She calls her older friend, Okelani, who diagnoses fear and malice. The diagnoses confuse Monica, who could recognize confusion and disorientation. The stranger refuses to contact the authorities and doesnít want medical help.

Monica dubs the stranger Jade, because of the color of her eyes, and agrees to not take any drastic measures, but she does contact her brother, Cameron Pierce, a Hawaiian investigator. It soon becomes apparent that Jadeís injuries were not an accident.

When Jade begins to recall pieces of her past, a dark truth emerges and they soon come to realize that sinister forces are stalking Jade. Will Cameron be able to help Jade fight the rising terror?

Ms. Heitzmann is a hit or miss author with me and Freefall is a miss. While the setting sounds beautiful and the writing is stellar, my interest failed to become engaged with this story. I couldnít bring myself to care about Jade or even to wonder who or why someone was after her.

There is a faith message in Freefall, and it is expertly woven in. There is also plenty of suspense, action, intrigue, romance, and betrayal, which should be enough to keep the pages turning. The problem may lie with the characterization . . . or maybe because we didnít have a chance to care about the character before everything started going wrong. If you are a suspense fan, or love Ms. Heiztzmannís previous writings, you might want to give Freefall a try.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Laura.

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