My husband and I watched a Russell Crowe movie that came out in 2010 called The Next Three Days. The premise is that a woman is accused of murdering her boss and ends up in jail. Her husband, having failed to get her acquitted, does whatever it takes to break her out.
I loathed the movie! It tore me up and spit me out! I probably squirmed throughout the entire thing and actually felt nauseated, not only at the way he was determined to take justice into his own hands but at the methods he employed. He was not afraid to do wrong in order to accomplish something good (though that can be argued as it wasn’t clear that she was innocent!) In fact, I recall telling my husband that if I was ever to be imprisoned, to work with the system and not try to rescue me! (Ironically, I told a close friend about the movie, how awful I thought it was, and she was so intrigued she went out and rented it. She loved it!)
But what happens when those in authority actually are in the wrong? Would you have been willing to defy the government and help Jews escape from German-occupied countries? Would I?
by Sara Davison
Series: The Night Guardians #1
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date June 1, 2019
Genres: Suspense, Mystery, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Canada Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
She must choose between the man who represents the law and the one who may have taken it into his own hands. Neglected by her parents for most of her life, Nicole Hunter keeps everyone, especially men, at arms’ length. So when Attorney Gage Kelly walks into the diner where she is waiting tables one evening, she fights her attraction to him with everything she has.
Gage and his brother Holden grew up in an abusive home, and Gage has baggage of his own. But the connection between him and Nicole is too strong to ignore, and Gage manages to convince them both that their relationship is worth the risk. Then children begin disappearing in the night.
When Detective Daniel Grey starts to close in on the child snatcher, and enlists Nicole’s help, she faces her deepest fear. Everything and everyone she has clung to so tightly could be ripped from her, leaving her completely alone.
Except for one.
I would like to thank Mountain Brook Ink for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Guarded
I’ll be candid with you. I almost stopped reading Vigilant about a quarter of the way through. Up until that point, I was getting squirmy, fearful of the direction I thought it was heading. Starting with the account of children who were abused (not in detail but enough that I knew what happened), and with the telling of the one snatching children away in the night. I wasn’t sure I was going to like what was coming next.
I decided to give it a little more time and I’m glad I did. Not that it became an easier story – the subject matter didn’t change. What changed was my perspective. As more of the picture was being revealed I realized this is not as much a story of good versus evil. It was more about choices and the question of whether it is ever right to do wrong to achieve the right outcome. That still makes me squirm but in a different way.
Author Sara Davison showed the perspectives of several of the characters in such a way that I knew what was going on and what motivated them, yet the identity of a key person was masked. Several backstories were partially revealed until much further in the story, allowing for more mystery.
The characters were intriguing and the men involved in the love triangle were so charming and lovable, I was quite torn between the outcome I wanted for Nicole. I had a feeling I knew the direction things were going and ended up being right yet I wouldn’t say that the story was predictable.
While I do not recommend this for younger readers, if you are okay reading about child abuse, handled in a sensitive manner, and enjoy romantic suspense, you should consider adding Vigilant to your library.