Sunday, February 15, 2015

WHERE RIVERS PART by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Juliet Ryan knows that she has let her strained relationship with her father color most of her adult life. Refusing to forgive mistakes he has made, Juliet stays as distant as she can, fully knowing that her decisions hurt her mother.  To add to the friction, both Juliet and her father have risen to places of national recognition in their careers as scientists in the food safety arena.  When Juliet chooses to take a position within the corporate world, her father is quick to criticize her decision, citing industry's pattern to take shortcuts and place profit over safety.  Juliet takes another view, knowing that policies and procedures put in place by scientists like herself can keep the public safe.

When an e-coli outbreak hits the community of San Antonio, Juliet never believes she or the bottled water company she works for will be involved, especially since she has recently instituted even more rigorous protocols.  Soon, in the midst of a complicated subterfuge, Juliet will realize that the only person she can trust is her father.

I think that Kellie Coates Gilbert is ready to take a spot among the best Christian legal suspense writers. Her characters are well drawn, she manages to keep readers on edge throughout, yet there is a realism that can be lacking in suspense books.  This book reads like a Grisham novel with a message.   I love this description from late in the book; it is Juliet's wake up moment.

She'd entered the lobby doors of Larimar Springs for the first time believing she'd landed a job fit for a queen, never realizing the kingdom was filled with fire-breathing dragons.  Or that she'd walk out months later nearly burned.  She glanced in her rearview mirror, making sure the dragons had turned around to follow her.  p. 265

If you like legal suspense stories, then give Gilbert's latest a chance.  I found it a fast, entertaining read.  Gilbert's personal background as a legal investigator and a trial paralegal brings a realism to her writing.  I received a copy from Revell Reads for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.

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