Book Review: The Sound of Red Returning

24 Jan

After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past…and by someone following her. As she’s giving a concert for the president in Washington D.C., she looks out into the audience to see a man that she’d seen before–that eerie face–she’d seen that face the night her Harvard professor was attacked, and now he’s back!





Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody MagazineThe Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

Find out more at


My Impressions:

The Sound of Red Returning is a fast-paced suspense novel with a lot of romance thrown in.  Liesl Bower is a world renowned concert pianist who has just been targeted by rogue Russian spies determined to bring the glory of Soviet Russia back.  Liesl’s mentor was a spy who before his murder was coming back to the American side.  The knowledge he held was thought to have been buried with him, but fifteen years later many believe Liesl is the key to a conspiracy set to change the power structure of not only the Middle East, but the world as well.

I liked the overall premise of this story — spies and double agents, FBI and CIA operatives desperately trying to uncover a mole(s) in the upper reaches of world governments and unsuspecting civilians getting mixed up in the mess.  But there were some things about the story that just bugged me.  I found the portrayal of FBI and CIA agents unrealistic.  They seemed to be bumbling around — something that would have gotten them removed from a case this sensitive.  And I don’t think that two of the characters that enter the mix — Cade (Liesl’s love interest) and his grandfather, Ian — would have been allowed anywhere near Liesl until the crisis was resolved.   Liesl’s character was annoying as well, but I think that was the point.  She became much more sympathetic as the book went on.  I also was not fond of the use of flashbacks and multiple, seemingly unrelated story lines that took up the first third of the book.  I wanted the action to get going.

So I seem a bit negative, huh?   It could just be me.  So, I recommend reading what others on the tour have to say to get the full feel for The Sound of Red Returning.  Click HERE for other readers’ take on the novel.

(I received The Sound of Red Returning from LitFuse in return for an honest review.  The opinions stated are mine alone.)



Sue Duffy and her publisher, Kregel Publications, are giving away a “Red Returning” prize package worth over $200 to one lucky winner!!!! (1/23-2/11)


Enter the Sue Duffy’s Giveaway today and you could win:

* A brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy

To enter click one of the icons below. But, hurry! The giveway ends on 2/11.  Sue will be announcing the winner of the “Red Returning” Giveaway on February 13th on the Litfuse website!

Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

One Response to “Book Review: The Sound of Red Returning”


  1. The Sound of Red Returning : duncan heights - February 8, 2012

    […] sayin’. And speaking of the CIA; I don’t work for the government in any capacity, but someone else mentioned that the agents were portrayed as bumbling… I, sadly, have no problem imagining the […]

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: