Review: THICKER THAN BLOOD by C.J. Darlington
TITLE: Thicker Than Blood
AUTHOR: C.J. Darlington – Web
GENRE: Christian, Suspense
PUBLISHED: Tyndale House Publishers (December 3, 2009)
SOURCE: Personal Library
SYNOPSIS & REVIEW:
In her debut Christian novel, Thicker Than Blood, C.J. Darlington is praised on the back cover for a plethora of things but what it fails to mention is that if you read this novel you will not only have to endure a trite attempt at inner turmoil but also annoying religiosity.
This is a story of two sisters. They were complete opposites in every way and actually a good contrast to each other. Their parents had died when they were teenagers and the older girl, Christy, ran away and didn’t return for 14 years. She turned to a reckless life of alcohol, smoking and bad boyfriends. She is a quite believable character, rather three-dimensional. Everything about her is interesting including her job at an antiquarian bookstore. (“Coincidentally” the same job as the author--must be why it is so believable and interesting.)
The younger sister, May, lived with their Aunt and was raised in a Christian home—thus, the opposite: Christian goodie-goodie. She is kind, calm, reserved and pretty much totally UNinteresting, which is a bummer and makes me wonder if the author thinks Christians are supposed to be uninteresting. When she appeared in the storyline she looked like a paper doll, very two-dimensional. I wished that Christy would have changed HER too, it's only fair. Christy changed dangit!
I get that she wants to get a message of salvation across, but it felt so contrived. People don’t really talk like that about “religion” do they? I thought it was about God Himself, not about a religion. And I’m sorry but if I keep reading Christian fiction am I going to have to go to church in every book???? Seriously!
Book 2: Guilt Bound (To be Released March 2011)