I chose this book to review because it is a contemporary mystery revolving around science. I have enjoyed Michael Crichton novels in the past, but recently, barely into the story, I threw one away due to the language used. So, I was excited to find a science based mystery I could read without reservation. It was a bonus that the story was set in San Antonio, one of my favorite cities to visit. (If you ever go, check out The Guenther House, a restaurant affiliated with Pioneer Flour. It is amazing! http://www.guentherhouse.com/)
Kellie Coates Gilbert skillfully uses her background as a legal investigator and trial paralegal and her related experience with the E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak connected to Jack in the Box restaurants as well as information gleaned from her husband’s profession in management of meat companies over the past two decades in writing a believable scientific mystery. Gilbert writes in a manner that keeps the science easily comprehended by laymen. Her characters are well developed, and lead the reader to both deep compassion and righteous anger.
While reading Where Rivers Part I was also rereading Total Forgiveness by R. T. Kendall. While fiction and non-fiction, these two books complimented one another nicely. Forgiveness of those who personally disappoint and even betray and those who corporately do the same is central to this novel. Dr. Juliet Ryan, an emerging authority in food safety, is often personally and professionally at odds with her father, a scientist in the same field. In her efforts to separate herself from her father’s cynicism, Juliet’s naiveté leads her headlong into the world of corporate scandal, threatening her career and the lives of innocent people. Will the God her mother has been trying to introduce her to be there for her? Will He listen to someone who has been so resistant to listening to Him? Juliet may find help in places she least expects it.
I highly recommend Where Rivers Part to mystery fans, fans of intrigue, and to those who are or have been struggling with forgiveness in their own lives.
I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Where Rivers Part for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.