Thursday, July 28, 2011

Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann

Trevor MacDaniel, a former Olympian skier  running an outdoor sports shop, complete with climbing wall, rescues a little boy from the mouth of a mountain lion. Natalie Reeve's, the little boy's aunt, is an artist with a great gift, or disability, depending on which way you look at it. The rescue forces their lives to intertwine, and not just for a moment. Natalie has just moved to town, having bought the space next to Trevor's shop for her art gallery. Natalie's disability is unique. It was originally thought to be a form of autism, but is not. Instead, Natalie's mind takes in details and imprints faces on her mind so deeply that only sculpting them gets them out of her mind enough to function. She has an eidetic memory imprisons Natalie until she can get the face out of her mind through sculpting it. Strange things start happening, Trevor begins receiving envelopes with pictures. Natalie sees a face that terrifies her. A young girl goes missing. Who is behind this? Can Trevor and the local authorities figure out what is happening before anyone else gets hurt?

I will admit right away that this was a book I didn't expect to like. While it certainly is not going on my list of favorite books, I was surprised by it. It was definitely a page turner. At the beginning of every chapter there was a quote from Paradise Lost and then a story line that didn't begin to make sense until about 1/3 of the way into the book when it began to intersect with the main story line. This is not a traditional good versus evil story. Instead it takes good versus evil to a new level with complications from Natalie's disability and Trevor's own past and intersects them with a crazy person attracted by Trevor's hero status.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of this review.

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