To save those she loves, an evangelist must confront an evildoer desperate for salvation.
Joy Miller, the television evangelist who was once the voice of Joy Miller Ministries, has been retired for years, since her husband’s suicide led to her breakdown. In spite of her public silence, the media couldn’t get enough of the scandal when Joy dared to testify on behalf of her daughter-in-law, Caroline, when she was tried for killing her abusive husband, Joy’s son, Joey. The reason for Caroline’s acquittal may have been this supportive testimony from Joy, or it may have been that Caroline was five months pregnant. On the seven-year anniversary of Joey’s death, Joy receives an anonymous package bearing photos of former colleagues, their throats torn out by some sort of animalistic human. Immediately she knows that these pictures have come from the Dark Man, a nameless figure from her past who believes Joy may represent his only hope of salvation. Joy isn’t sure what the Dark Man wants from her until she’s visited by the police in the middle of the night. They tell her that Caroline and her daughter Andee have been kidnapped, yet no note has been left. When Joy’s inability to explain her own connection to the Dark Man vaults her to the top of the suspect list, she knows that the time has come for her to confront the Dark Man and the secrets from her own past in order to rescue Caroline and Andee.
The latest from Hightower (The Piper, 2013, etc.) is psychologically compelling, but its revelations are unevenly paced, some coming too soon to generate much suspense and others presented as mere afterthoughts.