A Christian thriller with a dash of romance.
Snyder (Journey to Amanah, 1991) takes readers to Camp Grace nestled in the mountains of West Virginia. For the group of young campers that arrive from Ohio, the camp is meant to be a respite from the threatening inner-city streets, but unbeknownst to them, real danger lurks right in front of them. Collin, a social worker, is tough and stubborn, which serves her well at her job; sometimes, however, she takes things too far, as when she slices her own hand with a contraband pocketknife (then refuses medical care) to prove a point to the kids at the camp. She’s here with her client Robbie, hoping that the week at Camp Grace will give him the direction he needs. Though Collin’s Christian faith is strong, she’s also battling personal demons and traumatic memories, one of which has left her with a deathly fear of rivers—a problem, because Robbie and she are signed up for the whitewater rafting course. She quickly strikes up a friendship with Jeff, the friendly maintenance man at the camp who shares her strong religious faith, yet she does her best to keep herself closed off from him. When Collin comes face-to-face with a violent criminal, she’ll need to rely on her faith and the help of those who love and care for her to see her through. Her story is deftly told, with perfect pacing and a lifelike cast of supporting characters. Sometimes, however, the speech patterns of the characters come across as a bit too similar; for instance, more than one character is in the habit of addressing her as “lady.” But the twin storylines of the dangerous killer and the budding romance between Collin and Jeff are aided by playful narrative touches: “I like a man with an expanded vocabulary,” Collin says. “It’s a refreshing change from those whose entire linguistic repertoire is ‘yo.’ ”
A fast-paced, compelling story with a lot of heart.