The Christian suspense fiction novel, Possession: Pay Now- or Lose Everythinh by Rene Gutteridge- features well developed characters, and an important underlying moral message about the importance of faith rather than depedance on materialism. Common themes are explored and addressed such as marriage, materialsim and modern society in general. Any reader- secular and religious alike- can related to the themes of this suspense novel. Ironially, the television watching young son, of the story's hero, detective Vance Graegan, came to his belief in Jesus Christ through watching a television preacher. Dispelling commonly held myths, in this book, unexpectedly, the faith of the young eight year old boy, Connor, plays a critical role in the story. in this twist, what society portrays as weak and insignificant, is what is most important, spiritually. Not only is this story entertaining, more significantly, it touches the reader spiritually in portraying that what modern society places the most value on, is in fact insognifiant in the larger picture.
In general, I find novels such as Rene Gutteridge's suspense thriller, an effective outreach methos, tapping into those untapped readers of mystery and suspense novels. This book is the perfect blend or transition of a mystery novel and a faith based message that is sure to appeal to any reader interested in the ever popular crime novel/ mystery genre. As a blogger for Tyndale books, I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.