Thursday 10 April 2014

Review ~ Redemption by Samantha Charles.

Title: Redemption.
Author: Samantha Charles.
Genre: Mystery/Suspense.
Year: 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

Lindy Carver Harrington loses her unborn child during a violent altercation with her husband. On the same day, her closest friend Sara careens off a mountainside to her death. Lindy is devastated. Imprisoned by grief, and paralyzed by fear, she is easy prey to her husband’s abuse. She is unable to summon the strength to fight back, until now…

A brutal confrontation forces Lindy to choose to either end her husband’s life, or save her own. Escaping, she returns home to Parson’s Gap to rebuild her shattered life. Still haunted by the cryptic message Sara left moments before she died, Lindy becomes determined to answer the voice from the grave and unravel the mystery surrounding Sara’s death.

On a perilous journey into the final days of her friend’s life, Lindy’s quest for truth will expose shocking secrets that will shake a small southern town to its roots. Confronting the demons of her past, she strips away layers of lies buried beneath the magnificent mountains she calls home. When the past and present collide, the truth may set Lindy free, if she can only live long enough to take her last shot at redemption.


Redemption peaked my interest right from the start with an intriguing beginning but I was a little disappointed I didn’t get gripped as quickly as I would have liked. However, carrying on with this book brought a fantastic story which was well worth the wait and had me ferociously flipping the electronic pages to find out what has going to happen next!

Lindy was a great character. I felt everything with and for her and I really connected to her emotional and heart-breaking story. She was complex and developed strongly, interesting throughout. There were a lot of other characters in Redemption too and whilst none of them gripped me as much as Lindy did, I thought that the author succeeded in making them all distinct and memorable.

The best thing about Redemption was the twists – Samantha Charles did an excellent job keeping this book unpredictable. It really was edge-of-your-seat stuff. The suspense and mystery was great and left me guessing (incorrectly) the whole way through. Who doesn’t love an unpredictable book?

Fast moving, full of suspense, mystery and intrigue, Redemption was a great book and gave me much more than I had expected. I still wish I had been gripped right from the start but nevertheless, the author has now got herself a new fan because the writing was incredible. If you’re a fan of believable characters and a plot you won’t be able to predict, this is the book for you.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

Samantha Charles is a southern writer. She grew up in the Appalachian region of the Southeast in small towns that are somewhat isolated from modern-day society by geography, and choice. She remains passionate about the magnificence, as well as the malevolence, of the southern culture.

She now resides in the Midwest, with her husband and three children. She attended Baker University in Kansas where she earned her Master of Arts degree. When she isn’t busy creating new worlds, she teaches English as a professor at a local college.

She is currently creating a series of short stories about Parson’s Gap; a coal mining town inspired by the people and places she grew to love as a child. She is also hard at work on Salvation, the sequel to Redemption.

Redemption is her first novel.

Connect with Samantha: Facebook


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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to give a new author a chance, and for the fabulous review!
    Samantha Charles


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