Sunday, March 07, 2010

Book Review: Wrong Number by Rachelle J. Christensen

I've known Rachelle for a couple of years now, and she has always been a big supporter of mine in all that I've done, be it writing, editing, teaching - what have you. Today I'm excited to have the chance to support Rachelle in return by reviewing her first novel, "Wrong Number."

Aubree Stewart is on her way to work one morning when she discovers that she's forgotten to charge her cell phone. Her husband lets her take his, and while she's driving, it rings. The voice on the other end speaks before she has a chance to identify herself, telling her that he's taken care of everything and hid the body in a manhole.

Seven months pregnant, Aubree's emotions are already shaky, and she calls the police to report what she heard. When they come to her work and tell her they indeed did find a body in the manhole, she nearly passes out, the strain too much for her. But things get worse as she learns that her own family has been targeted and she must now go into hiding, as directed by the FBI.

The agents assigned to her case take good care of her, and she brings a beautiful baby daughter into the world while waiting for them to bring the situation to a safe conclusion. But she realizes that if she's ever going to have a life, and to give a happy upbringing to her daughter, she can't wait around forever - she must do what she can to take control of her own future.

"Wrong Number" is full of suspenseful twists and turns. When you think Aubree is safe, she's really not, and when you think she's in danger, she's really not, and the bad people are really good people and the good people are really bad people and you are wondering just what the heck is going on all throughout the story. I like stories like that. I also found it interesting that our heroine is a pregnant mother - we don't often see pregnant women playing leading roles in fiction, especially suspense fiction, and I found that a refreshing twist.

The only thing I didn't really like was the length of the book. The time frame stretches over a few months, and I would have enjoyed knowing a little more about what Aubree did during those months. I think we could have seen another fifty pages in there. But that's a good thing I didn't like, because it means I was enjoying myself and wanted more.

You can visit Rachelle's blog here, her website here, and you can purchase her book by clicking the ultra-handy Amazon link below. And, you can also head back over here on Wednesday, when I'll be interviewing Rachelle, and don't forget to scroll down to the previous blog to check out Rachelle's awesome contest.

7 comments:

Queen of Chaos said...

This book looks VERY intriguing to me. Suspense novels are awesome! Go, Rachelle!

Stephanie Black said...

Oooh! Sounds fun. I love a good suspense novel!

The Novelist said...

This sounds like it is right up my alley!

Rachelle said...

Woo-hoo! Thanks, Tristi. Your opinion means a lot to me so I'm glad you liked it. I appreciate your review. :)

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I've heard so much.

Nichole Giles said...

Great review, Tristi! And an excellent book. I loved it as well.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I want to read this one!

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