Book Review: Fearless

17 Jun

362418When a nine-year-old Louisa mysteriously appears in the middle of a house fire with no memory of how she got there or where she came from, Jim and Amy Spencer agree to take her in. Wrestling with the recent loss of their own child, they soon discover Louisa has a special gift. But when the same gift unknowingly puts her in contact with a serial killer, the grieving couple must unite to face all odds and save themselves and Louisa before it’s too late.

mikedellosso180Mike Dellosso lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters. He blogs regularly about matters of faith and life at http://www.mikedellosso.wordpress.com. Keep up to date with what’s going on in his world by “liking” his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mikedellosso.

My Impressions:

I have read several novels by Mike Dellosso — Darkness Follows, Frantic, and A Thousand Sleepless Nights (written under the name of Michael King) — and have found all of them to be well-written, and with his suspense/thrillers, novels that had me holding my breath while they held my attention! His newest novel, Fearless, is in my opinion, the best so far. Just how do you combine stories detailing the miracles of God and the deepest evil in man? Not sure how he did it, but I am glad he did.

Fearless begins with the discovery of a mysterious child found at the scene of a house fire. Only knowing her name, Louisa is taken in by Jim and Amy, a couple still reeling from the miscarriage of their first child. It soon becomes evident to them and the rest of the town that Louisa has more mysteries than just amnesia. This child can see into the lives of people and touch them in a way that often brings healing — physical and emotional. Meanwhile a ruthless man looking to earn respect has embarked on a killing spree. Both the otherworldly nature of Louisa and the serial killings have the town on edge, and the two story lines suddenly intersect causing a wild ride for the reader.

Fearless is a complex novel examining the issue of seeing and knowing others and the need of man to truly be seen and known. Both plots are meticulously developed and seem completely separate until Dellosso brings the characters and the action together. There are a number of supernatural elements that just cannot be explained and Dellosso doesn’t try, letting the reader come to his/her own conclusions. He also created a wonderful secondary character in Clare Appleton, a woman who faces evil with a determination and  fearlessness of her own. If you like thrillers, there is also enough creepiness in the murders that will keep you watching just as you want to turn away. Not really for the faint of heart, but if you can stand the tension and the stomach clenching, you won’t be sorry. Another great book from Dellosso.

Highly Recommended.

(I received Fearless from Booketeria in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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