Deadly Ties: A Novel (Crossroads Crisis Center)by Vicki Hinze, author of Forget Me Not, shares a story of love, abuse, tragedy, and triumph. Each character of the novel is bound by tragedy which provides their path to be set free.
The character development is a bit shallow and lacks necessary background voice to make the reader really feel for their circumstances. The introductions I found slightly confusing and not until I was well into the first quarter of the book was I able to determine on my own why the characters were where they were.
Overall the premise is good and the direction predictable. The story does not resonate with the ready once the book is closed. References to faith and God seem contrived and peppered in at some obscure times.
The main character, Lisa, lost her father tragically when she was a child. When her religious mother remarries Dutch the tragedy continues. Lisa's mother makes the hardest decision a mother could possibly make, defying her abusive husband, and signs over guardianship to friends who keep Lisa safe and out of her stepfather's wicked intent for as long as possible.
Lisa's stepfather Dutch is a paid for hire whose emotions are bound by the power of money and control. He is unable to allow his heart to be vulnerable to feeling good, love, and empathy. His jealousy and possessiveness control him and kill him in the end.
In the end Dutch and Lisa are literally bound and tied face to face. This meeting gives Lisa the opportunity and power to finally break free of the emotional bondage of Dutch's hatred for her.
This book is a good story for reading's sake. To get lost in and yearn to know what happens after the last page, it is not.
**Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The review is my opinion.