Things Are Not Always as They Appear
“Hooked, hooked and hooked! …a compelling story with profound faith implications. You’ll be glad that you started this one, because it takes you on a great ride through the final pages.” – Sigmund Brouwer, author of The Last Sacrifice (with Hank Hanegraaff)
“A miracle unfolds before your eyes! With a tight plot, hair-raising suspense, and a mystery that keeps you guessing right to the end, Dickson has created an unprecedented work of faith-based fiction. As long as he writes ‘em, I’ll read ‘em! – Lisa Samson, author of Straight Up and Club Sandwich
Publishers Weekly: The Christian market sorely needs more quality suspense novels, and Dickson’s excellent offering makes a solid contribution to the genre. …the writing is original, with unexpected touches of humor, and contains enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the final pages. Although this is a highly entertaining nail-biter, one of the novel’s significant accomplishments is its potential to promote greater understanding between people of both faiths.
Library Journal: – Dickson (Every Hidden Thing) explores differences in faith and irrational hatred of those differences in a sensitive yet challenging manner.
When Katy O’Connor and Ruth Gold were five years old, they were the best of friends, despite the fact that Katy was Christian and Ruth was Jewish. They spent many days together going to the Jewish Community Center to swim.
On one particular outing, the girls were in the locker room when they heard a horrifying scream. Terrified, they both went together to investigate the situation. It appeared that Nan Smith, a Christian woman, had been murdered by a Jewish man, Solomon Cantor. The girl’s testimony helped to seal Solomon’s sentence to twenty-five years in prison. Unbeknownst to Ruth, Katy’s parents ended their friendship because of the growing animosity between Christians and Jews over this murder.
Upon Solomon’s release from prison, killings of several Jewish members from Rabbi Ruth Gold’s Temple congregation began, with Ruth trying to convince Lieutenant Lincoln Washington that they were related to Nan Smith’s murder twenty-five years ago. Because the MO’s were so different, he was unconvinced. When one of the cases involved Kate (O’Connor) Flint, for reasons unknown to Kate, Ruth Gold was bitter and antagonistic with her, which set for a difficult reunion and subsequent cooperation when they decided the murders were somehow linked to the witnesses at Nan Smith’s murder trial. To help solve the murders, they must learn to lay down their differences.
The author’s multiple twists and plots upped the ante with each significant scenario. Whether a murder or a weird episode, the suspense never ended. Though you think you know the perpetrator, you are thrown off with another character thrown into the mix. They mystery of who is behind everything and why is always in the back of your mind as you sift through the evidence.
The characters fit the mold of the story impeccably, making the story realistic. I found myself relating to several of them, especially when the tension between the Jews and Christians explodes. Ruth and Kate are the obvious main characters, but it’s the divisive Orvis Newton, the sneaky Jake Singer, and the thorough Lincoln Washington that keeps the story moving along, sometimes with great surprise.
You will learn some very interesting history between the Jews and Christians, some of which may shock you. But it will give you a greater understanding of the animosity that grows throughout the story. The author did a magnificent job of mediating the scenarios through his characters. Never a dull moment! And wait till you catch the ending! Did not see it coming!
For a great mystery with unusual circumstances, balanced with the Jewish/Christian animosity, They Shall See God is definitely a book I’d recommend!
Though the book is fiction, the cemetery in New Orleans that the book was based on is real–Cemetery Dispersed of Judah. It’s one of the graves in the Jewish cemetery has the inscription, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” a verse spoken by Jesus from the New Testament.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.