Join the breakneck chase through Chicago for a murderous maniac. As the victims begin piling up, detective Keren Collins's spiritual discernment is on high alert. Will she capture the killer before another body floats to the surface? Ex-cop, now mission pastor Paul Morris has seen his share of tragedy, but nothing prepared him to be a murderer's messenger boy. Will his old ruthless cop personality take over, leading him to the brink of self-destruction? Can Keren and Paul catch the killer before the corpse count reaches a perfect ten?
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“Turn to face God and the challenges of today, and let the past go.” (p. 125)
There are dangerous consequences for those who cling to their pasts. Paul and Keren face those consequences head-on when they encounter a serial killer determined to reenact the ten plagues in the most grisly way imaginable! The race to figure out the Latin clues left behind by the killer lead the two main characters to face their own pasts, their own faith, their deepest heart-cry and challenge how they choose to live their faith on a day to day basis. What they must go through in their search for a deadly killer takes them on an unexpected journey to truth in their own lives as well!
Mary Coneally has transformed her writing life with the release of her new novel, The Ten Plagues, using the pen name Mary Nealy. If you are a fan of suspense fiction, you MUST read this book! If you like to stay up nights racing to find out how a story will end, you MUST read this book! Mary has created something gritty, real and challenging in the suspense genre. She not only creates a breathtaking thrill ride, she deals with personal spiritual and emotional challenges that are common to all believers! I am hard pressed to tell you what I enjoyed most about the story. Every word was captivating!
I made copious notes and underlined many passages while reading this book, and I know I will soon read it again. It’s that good! Make The Ten Plagues your first choice a book for the New Year! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!
Keren Collin, a competent detective for the Chicago PD has learned how to separate her emotions from her job. Paul Morris a former detective, now preacher, has the capability to draw others to him. Both are former coworkers. When a serial killer is discovered using the ten plagues of Egypt in the time of Moses in present day America, the two join forces along with others to try to save lives and to locate the person responsible for creating them. The killer targets the very people Paul has looked out for at the shelter. As Keren and Paul share their lives with each other they realize that time is running out and their lives may be in jeopardy as they struggle to bring peace and justice to their city.
A intense journey that brings suspense, detective, romance and a bit of scifi together in this creative read. I found myself immersed into the plot and as it reached the climax I was glued to the book wondering what would happen. Fans of detective novels will surely enjoy this read. Character development, dialogue and scenery worked and I was challenged in my faith. I would recommend this novel to others but don't expect to finish it in an afternoon. Thanks to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.
What could be better than a crime novel set in Chicago? A lot of things of course, but this one was a pretty decent read. A killer is reenacting the plagues of Egypt in some creative murders, and it is up to a female Chicago detective to stop him. With some help from locals, and a special gift, Keren Collins must figure out what is next, and help stop a crazy person from terrorizing the city.
The book starts a little flat, and it seems somewhat disjointed in some places, but overall, it wasn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. I have read better, but I have also read worse, and with its clear Christian message, and its exploration of the ways in which Christ effects transformation in the life of a believer, it is definitely worth a look.
If you are a fan of detective novels, this book probably would be a great read. For me, I’m a little more of a sci-fi fan, and so in some places it just didn’t work as well for me. That said, the plot is somewhat unpredictable (always a plus in a mystery) but not unsolvable, and there is enough suspense to make anyone stick around to the end, even if not everything is specifically to your liking. Overall, I enjoyed it enough that I would recommend it if someone were asking about it, but it's not the kind of book I would go out of my way to say "you gotta read this."
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I don't normally read thrillers or supernatural suspense, but I loved this book. I loved the way the romance was a big part of the story and flowed naturally. I loved that the supernatural elements were very believable and realistic, to my Christian way of thinking. The book made me want to double check all the windows and doors at night, but it was a really great, suspenseful thriller and lifted God up as supreme and greater than the evil in the world and greater than our fears and mistakes.
If you like thrillers, especially supernatural ones, you will love this book.
The hero and heroine were very believable as Christians struggling with their own humanity, past mistakes, and the very real evil around them threatening their faith. But they stood firm to the end, and it was a very satisfying read. I highly recommend it!
Ten Plagues by Mary Nealy What an incredible book. It is a suspense romance taking place in Chicago. Keren Collins is a Chicago police detective and Paul Morris is an ex-cop turned Pastor of the Lighthouse Mission. When Keren Is on a stake-out for a missing woman she sees Paul run up to the building and into the group of gang members. She has to wait on her partner before leaving her car, Mick O'Shea. When the building suddenly blows up Keren goes into action helping the kids outside and she sees the other man helping as well. It ends up the explosion and her stake-out are connected to the same woman. Paul had been arrogant as an Officer and Keren has bad feelings towards him but now they must work together as a madman has decided to play out the ten plagues of Egypt and with each plague is another gruesome murder.
As a Christian Keren works to get along with Paul. When he is in Pastor mode she is fine, when he gets his cop persona it reminds her of the damage he did years ago. Paul struggles to control his anger through out the investigation. He left the force because of who he had become. A man so involved in his work that he lost his wife and daughter, first by separation and than by death.
Keren has a gift that she has kept secret since she was teased as a child and after her fiance thought she was too odd for him and broke off their engagement. She can sense spirits. Especially demons. And this man who is committing these murders is a man full of deep evil. Keren and Paul work together to catch this madman before it's too late for his next victim, especially since he has set his sights on making Keren one of them.
Mary Nealy is the pen name for Mary Connealy's suspense books. Mary's westerns are so full of humor that I was really impressed at how different this book is from her others and yet so intriguing and a great story.
Ten Plagues begins with Chicago PD detective Keren Collins following up a missing persons’ report. Juanita Lopez hasn’t been seen for a week, and Keren’s visit to a condemned tenement building blows up in her face – literally. Keren has the Biblical gift of discernment, the supernatural ability to sense good and evil spirits, a gift which can be both a blessing and a curse. Her gift tells her that there is evil surrounding the burning building, but that the man going in to rescue a teenager is good. Then she finds that the man, Pastor Paul Morris of the Lighthouse Mission, is the man who, as a cop, sent her career spinning backwards, and she is suspicious and resentful towards him.
Paul spend years as a hard-bitten cop, but a personal tragedy forced him to re-evaluate his life, and he now runs a soup kitchen and homeless shelter in inner-city Chicago. He is pulled into the investigation because of his seminary-taught Latin, the language used by the kidnapper to deliver his hand-carved plaques. At the same time, he becomes a potential suspect when it is discovered that both of the victims were regular visitors to the homeless shelter. To complicate matters, Paul is immediately attracted to Keren, but she seems to have an inexplicable aversion to him. Why?
As the case progresses, Keren and Paul learn to work together to solve a series of crimes that seem to be patterned after the ten plagues of Egypt. They also have their own personal issues to work through as their mutual attraction grows, including their joint history, Keren’s gift and the reason behind Paul’s change of life. I enjoyed Ten Plagues. I thought the characters were strong, the story was well-plotted, and there was an interesting mystery to solve along with some nail-biting suspense and enough romance to lighten the mood.
Ten Plagues is the first novel from Mary Nealy, the romantic suspense pen-name of award-winning Mary Connealy, who has been a Christy Award and RITA Award finalist for her ‘Romantic Comedy with Cowboys’ novels. This is not a novel for the faint-hearted (although those who like Tim Downs will probably find this somewhat tame…), but I enjoyed this new voice in romantic suspense, and I will certainly watch out for more of Nealy’s novels.
Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for providing a free ebook to review.
Detective Keren Collins is investigating the disappearance of a missing woman when a building explodes, starting a cascade of evil acts. She and her partner, O'Shea, end up joining forces with a cop-turned-pastor Paul Morris, to hunt down a demon-possessed killer. Keren must use her spiritual discernment combined with her investigative skills to help catch the killer before it is too late.
Mary Nealy has crafted an interesting plot with her concept of a killer who follows the Biblical ten plagues to unleash evil on the city of Chicago. I think that the scenes written from the killer's perspective were very well done and he is a fascinating character. However, many of the scenes between Keren and Paul seemed a bit jeuvanile and unrealistic, and I got frustrated with the wild swings in their relationship from utter dislike one moment to attraction the next. Although I tried hard to like Keren as a character, and did admire her grit and determination to see justice accomplished, she left a sour taste in my mouth. I hope that in reality a professional would not act like Keren does. She appeared quite angry in many scenes, possessing a very ungodly attitude when she is supposed to be a strong, discerning Christian. In my opinion, the plot itself was strong, but the characterization made the book less enjoyable for me.
Unfortunately, I can only give this book a mild recommendation of 3 out of 5 stars.
This review is based on an electronic copy provided by the publisher via netgalley for the purpose of completing this review.