Book Review: Inescapable

8 Jul

Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she’ll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.

As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought. She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps. When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time — to a Father whose love is inescapable.

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Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.

My Impressions:

I was first introduced to Nancy Mehl by her Ivy Towers cozy mystery series.  I liked them very much, so was interested in reading her newest mystery/romantic suspense novel, Inescapable.  Inescapable is first and foremost a mystery.  It happens to be set in a small, remote Mennonite town reminiscent of Amish communities depicted in books and on TV.  The town of Kingdom is the home to some very legalistic Christians as well as some very compassionate and caring Christians.  Unfortunately the main character, Lizzie, was born into a family governed by severe rules and harshness.  After becoming pregnant, the strain of living with disapproval and censure, proved too much, and Lizzie escaped to Kansas City.  Now she finds herself back in Kingdom, again running away from her problems and the threats of a stalker.

I found the characters to be mostly realistic in their responses to situations and other characters.  Lizzie’s father is a little over the top in his adherence to rules, but generally believable.  The tension and suspense kept me turning the pages.  It was a bit ironic that some of the major scenes were set with a backdrop of a snow storm.  I finished the book on the beach in 90+ degree heat!  But I didn’t notice the heat; Mehl’s narrative pulled me into the story including the wintry feel.

If you like mystery/suspense with a hint of romance, try Inescapable.

Recommended.

(I received Inescapable in conjunction with Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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