The Rev. Curtis Black extended-family saga returns with Black’s son Dillon at the helm of a new megachurch in Mitchell, Illinois.
Dillon may have a congregation of more than 1,000 souls at New Faith Christian Center, but he lacks something every minister ought to have: a true calling from God. Knowing quite well that he’s a pastor called to the pulpit only by his own greed and his desire to avenge his father’s refusal to acknowledge him as a child, Dillon nonetheless prays daily, although his hopes for a true calling are buried underneath several other pleas for fame and fortune. When Raven, Dillon’s beautiful wife—whom Rev. Curtis has spurned for embezzling funds from his own church—decides she has also been called to the pulpit, the wheels of jealousy and vengeance begin to turn. Dillon doesn’t want to share his pulpit with anyone and certainly not with his wife. Nor does he want to give up the attentions of either his wife or his mistress, Porsha. Meanwhile, Dillon’s sister Alicia is finally happily married to Levi, the man whose love not only drove her to infidelity, but also drove her and her previous husband, Phillip, to a fatal altercation over a gun. Phillip’s death haunts Alicia, and she’s begun to hear disturbing voices urging her toward suicide. Will Alicia’s troubles and Dillon’s plans for retribution finally bring down the Black family? With so many novels and novellas in the franchise, Roby (Best Friends Forever, 2016, etc.) must deal with a lot of back stories, which slows down the pace; in several scenes, Alicia and Dillon spend more time ruminating about their pasts than acting in the present. Fortunately, all the breathless exposition often works well to establish Dillon as a heartless villain/protagonist.
Thrilling for fans of the series.