Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Review: From Author Barbara Derksen: Essence of Evil

The second book in this series, Derksen provided another suspense driven book that rivets the reader until the last page. Can you imagine searching for another missing child and trying to understand the attraction you feel toward a man who is also a co-detective/fellow worker/friend all the while being surrounded by a depth of evilness that is all the more real because of the subject: pedophilia.

  • Will Christine finally have her eyes open that God is real in an evil world? 
  • Can she see the God that Jeremy tries to serve? 
  • And can she survive the evil that is stalking and preventing her from a normal life. 

What I love:

  • The nuances of changes in the characters are just the right touch; not too much to appear unrealistic yet enough to be satisfying. 
  • The real world topic of child molestation is real and well done by this experienced writer. I applaud her efforts of tackling such a tough subject and handling it well. 

I heartily recommend this book along with her others. She's an author to keep an eye on. Established, talented and well-versed in suspense!

If you love suspense and a book about real topics, give Essence of Evil a read. And enjoy!



  1. This is one of those subjects that we don't like, but must be aware of. Great review, Caroline. This book sounds like an exciting read with a moral to the story. :)

  2. Enjoyed your interview. And agree that this is a subject no one likes to think about, but hiding our heads in the sand won't make it go away.

  3. The title says it all. This post comes at a great time for me because I'm going to write my first suspense (actually my first contemporary) for NaNo. I'm trying to get the "feel" of the genre by reading several. Thank you for this review. It sounds riveting.

    1. Hope you have great success with your NaNoWriMo project, Elaine.

    2. NANO? you're brave Elaine! I usually do SPEEDBO, but November is not a good writing month for me. It's one of my busiest with Holidays and volunteering.
      Good luck with that!

  4. This sounds like a gripping story! Thank you for sharing your great review.

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  5. Sounds pretty intense. This is a real issue, and really, I think more parents need to be on guard with their own children. It doesn't have to be a really bad guy, it's usually a relative or friend.

  6. Thanks for the comments, ladies. I believe you won't be sorry to ck out this book. :) Blessings!