Relentless Pursuit, Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series #3
Sax Landry is tormented by guilt. To escape his father’s abuse he left home, abandoning his mother and sister. Now his parents are dead, and he’s in Barbes, Louisiana, searching for his sister. But it’s not safe—people are dying because of a bioterrorist attack. He should leave, but stays. Will he find his sibling—and peace?
Summary: Kathy Herman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. With this third installment of the Secrets of Roux River Bayou I’m again captured by the lives of the characters of Les Barbes. This story broke my heart but also warmed my heart as the characters struggle with real life issues of understanding senseless deaths and the need to forgive. The one drawback for me, is very early on I had a good idea who our culprit would be, but this didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story. As in Dangerous Mercy Herman deals with the attitude too many have toward God and with grace and mercy she deals with the topic of why a good God would let such bad things happen.
Digging Deeper: Although this is part of a trilogy, one doesn’t necessarily need to read the first two books to enjoy this one. The author gives just enough back story throughout that you have a basic understanding of where the characters came from and some of their hang ups with life. Of course, reading the previous two installments will add to the impact of the story’s conclusion. This story happens about 4 years after book one and two years after book two, so the characters have grown in many ways.
The Characters – One of the primary characters is a new comer to Les Barbes, but no strangers to Kathy Herman readers, Emily Jessup was part of Herman’s Sophie Trace series. She’s now 19 and attending college at LSU planning to be a doctor. She comes to Les Barbes to spend the summer with her sister, Vanessa Langley. But she soon finds herself dealing with a grief-stricken, Chance Durand, who’s parents are both killed along with several others in this quiet city.
We also meet Sax Henry who is in search of peace and relief from the guilt he has dealt with for almost 30 years. He’s looking for the sister he left behind in the hell they knew as home. His search as brought him to Les Barbes and the doorstep of Adele Woodmore. Again, Adele plays a key role in this story and she is truly wonderful. She is an example of God’s grace in action. She is tough and willing to speak her mind, but she loves people deeply. She may be my favorite character in the series.
The key characters from the previous two books are back and an active part of the story. The author does an amazing job tying the characters together through the book and the series.
The Story – It was solid and a little too real life. Bottled water and a food bar have been tampered with and people die. I thought he author did an amazing job with the funeral mass of the child who died. It was touching and spoke some good truths that we can take to heart.
As I said in the summary, I was pretty sure early on who our killer was and the basics of why. The author leaves subtle clues throughout the story to lead you.
There’s a lot more I could say about this story, but I don’t want to give you too much. It’s a solid story with a fairly strong mystery plot, but I think the story of Sax Henry is even stronger. I really liked it!
Disclaimer: I did receive this copy from the publisher but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.