Monday, November 7, 2016

Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

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I'm not sure what to write here. This is a story of gangs and a big cartel against law enforcement. Add to that a few moles in the law enforcement and you have the makings for some plans to go seriously awry.  It is definitely suspenseful, but it's not really my kind of story. Which is a little hard to believe since I read the book in 2 days. But this is not the kind of book I would want a steady diet of. I find myself looking behind doors and freaking out of the dark and imagining the worst after I read stories like this.

Nancy did a good job of writing. It was interesting, just not really my style. There are a few things that I want to take away from the book.  One is your past can go with you and affect who you are today. Mercy, the heroine of the story, had a father who left her mother for another woman. Her mom turned into an alcoholic, dependent, whiny person. This caused Mercy to lean on no one and open up to no one, especially God. Faced with losing those she loved in this story, her best friend since childhood and her ex-boyfriend she broke up with because of fear, she realized that working through her past was necessary. Most importantly she realized that opening up to God was the only way to make it through life.

The other thing about this story is the young people that get caught up in gangs. They don't necessarily mean to, they don't necessarily want to, but they are taught to believe they are victims and nothing is their fault.  They grow up in bad settings or just make some bad choices and one thing leads to the next. There was a boy like this in the story. He was willing to get out and help the good guys but was accidentally shot by another member who I also believe was forced into the situation by his father the ring leader behind the whole thing. The compassion that the law enforcement showed for this boy in recognizing him as one that wanted a chance was impressive to me as well. In this day and age where law enforcement are made out to be the bad guys, we need to remember that there are many there who do what they do to make this world a safer place and to help protect young people like this.

I don't know if that made any sense or not. One thing that bothered me about this book was in the acknowledgements she mentioned the law enforcement who have died shining as stars in the sky and also in her thanks to Jesus, she only mentions him as her Best Friend, which could mean anyone, and none of the personal pronouns are capitalized. I know that may mean nothing, but it's not something I really liked.

This book was given me by Bethany House. I am happy to write a review stating my own opinions.

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