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by T.D. Jakes

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4391-7050-2
Publisher: Atria

Someone is stalking the little girls of New Orleans and leaving their poor bodies to be found on the seventh day. 

Prolific writer, speaker and senior pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc., Jakes (Let it Go, 2012, etc.) has based his latest book upon Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, a film that he executive produced. David and Kari seem to have it all. He is a respected college professor, and they live in a secure gated community with their 4-year-old daughter, Mikayla. But when their daughter disappears, their secrets begin to crack the veneer of perfection. It’s difficult to muster up any sympathy for this cast of characters, smug in their close ties to their church, yet quick to turn on each other: snarling, vicious and crude. Kari is the first to have her past rise up, and David swiftly drops his love for her, withholding forgiveness and wielding judgment like a weapon. Although he has secrets, too, David and his best friend, Les the doctor, immediately assume a woman with a secret in her past must have been a whore and a drug addict. Les even forbids his wife, Tia, from associating with Kari, and so her alleged best friend abandons Kari, leaving her all alone to worry about her endangered child. The cops and low-life pimps are straight out of central casting, and even Mikayla seems more like a prop than a beloved child. David and Kari are certainly tested. Their broken marriage may be salvageable, but they must set aside their troubles in time to find their daughter. Unfortunately, their journey is fraught with predictable plot turns, tired dialogue and negligible character development.

This preachy parable is only for die-hard Jakes fans.