A Brilliant Plot – A Guest Review by Hayley

tangled-webs-imageAt last, the third installment to the “Men of Valor” series has been released! Readers of the first two books in this family saga will undoubtedly flock to Irene Hannon’s newest release, “Tangled Webs”. And with the promise of suspense and intrigue, who wouldn’t?

I am very impressed with the storyline of “Tangled Webs”. The many layers to the plot, and how it all comes together in such a complicated yet understandable way, was nothing short of brilliant, and I credit the author for achieving this task to such a high degree. This book is truly a very intricately woven web of plots, incidents – and consequences.

Yet, while the plot is highly interesting, there is almost never any real mystery for the reader. The reader is given not only the perspectives of all the key players of the plot – but the identities as well. Thus, while the characters are working to solve the mystery, the reader already knows the answers to most of the questions, and therefore can predict pretty accurately how it will all play out. For me, this sort of takes some of the “suspense” out of a suspense novel, and made me feel less a part of the story, and more of an onlooker. On the upside, there were a couple of twists at the end that I didn’t see coming, and although they failed to really shock me, it was nice that I wasn’t able to predict everything that happened.

Also, this is not just a suspense novel, but a romantic suspense novel. Although most of the romance aspect stays suitable for Christian Fiction, it does stray a few times into a bit of an uncomfortable zone, with some comments that are just downright unneeded.

Still, as I mentioned before, the title of this book is an accurate description of the story within the pages, and while readers should not expect to be overly surprised by the proceedings, they can absolutely count on being intrigued by a plot that is really nothing short of brilliant.

I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Revell Reads, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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