Blood Bayou, by Karen Young

Blood BayouFinished 5-14-09, rating 3.5/5, Christian fiction, pub.2009

“Don’t you feel some responsibility for letting these criminals out on the street, Ms. St. James?”

The question came from a woman carrying a sign that read “Victims Have Rights Too.”  “Mr. Pelham had no previous record when he was arrested.  I don’t see him as a threat in any way.”

Camille and Jack haven’t seen each other for seven years and were only married for three before alcoholism and a fatal accident led to their divorce.  Camille feels compelled to go back to Blood Bayou to offer her personal condolences to Jack when his sister, his only family, is brutally murdered.  Jack is a minister now, but his civility is tested by Camille’s unfailing support for his sister’s murderer.  Camille is out to prove that the man she got off death row did not get out of jail and immediately murder again.

This novel is a murder mystery, faith journey, and love story in one.  As Camille stays in Blood Bayou to prove Chester innocent, she comes in close contact with Jack and old feelings rekindle.  Jack has completely turned his life around and shares with Camille the journey his he has taken to find God and His purpose for Jack.  Camille is skeptical and finds Jack’s turnaround self-serving and she questions his motives.  Camille herself is no church-goer and she is uncomfortable with Jack’s strong faith and chosen profession.

There is a lot to like about this book.  The people of Blood Bayou are ones that you will recognize if you have ever lived in a small town and the mystery keeps the story moving along.  I found Camille’s lack of faith refreshing and honest.  And I really liked the fact that the author did not wrap up Camille’s religious journey with a shiny bow at the end.

I will say that the mystery wasn’t much of a mystery.  It did not take me too long to figure out what was going on and there were not really too many surprises.  It seemed that the mystery was just a vehicle to get Jack and Camille together and talk about faith.  This is not a bad thing – I found it very enjoyable – but I wouldn’t have minded a few twists I didn’t see coming.

I recommend it for a nice friendly read.

Book provided by Library Thing Early Reviewer

Teaser Tuesday – Blood Bayou


teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdaysis a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

 Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! ;)

Cover ImageThey were divorced and with good reason.  Maybe God had forgiven him, but just because he wore a clerical collar – or whatever he wore on Sundays – didn’t mean she forgave him.  And she bet there were still a few people out there who felt the same way.

from Blood Bayou by Karen Young, Chapter 3

So what are you reading this week?