Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date May 11, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Suspense, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
A devastating explosion.
Three best friends are at the venue to hear their favorite band. Only one makes it out alive.
A trunk full of evidence.
When police stop Dustin Webb with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows there’s been a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when the officers find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.
An attorney who will risk it all for an old friend.
Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first person he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
The perfect length for reading on a lazy Saturday, Aftermath blends suspense, faith, and romance into a story I didn’t want to put down.
Told from the perspectives of four people whose lives were rocked by an explosion at the political rally Dustin was framed for, the story held its sway over me to the very end. The main characters, Dustin and Jamie, were all that I hoped they would be. Despite not having had any contact with each other since they were teenagers and close friends, they fell naturally back into a friendly relationship. In fact, I loved the way Jamie knew Dustin was innocent even though the evidence had been stacked against him, and the way she fought so desperately to clear his name.
I was intrigued by Taylor’s story as well. She suffered from extreme trauma, which drove her back into the obsessive behavior she had left behind her. It was so fascinating to see her perspective, motivations, and the way she saw the world. While I would have liked to have learned more about what happened to her next, I didn’t feel the story was incomplete because of where things were left.
There is a strong faith element to Aftermath. I was so touched by the realization Jamie had of the way her prayer life had become a series of short requests instead of a deep communion with Jesus. And by Dustin’s faith that remained strong despite his stint in jail. In fact, the sweet way he was able to use the very thing that kept him sane through that night to encourage another hurting soul was beautiful.
Readers who enjoy faith-filled suspense that uses mystery more than fear as the driving motivation will want to read Aftermath.