Book: A Slow Burn

Title: A Slow Burn by: Mary E DeMuth
Reviewed by: Ashley Barrett
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Zondervan
Date: October 2009

Emory Chance is reeling in the aftermath of her daughter’s murder. Daisy’s absence forces her to face the truth about her own negligent parenting and drug addiction.

While nursing her Texas-sized regrets a mysterious cross-stitch proclaiming God’s judgment appears on her porch. Shortly after, Daisy’s fourth grade picture disappears. And someone begins mailing her typed prayers about grace and the love of Jesus. The messages of love and encouragement confuse and sometimes anger Emory while the messages of looming doom from the cross-stitch and the Defiance townsfolk frighten her, though Emory anticipates judgment from God and people.

But who would steal a picture of Daisy? Is Daisy’s murderer trying to make a statement? Is he the man she saw in a vision with snake tattoos slithering up his arms?

A Slow Burn, the second book in the Defiance Texas Trilogy is by no means a sagging sequel. The intensity keeps the reader absorbed until the very last page. I love the people in this story and their struggle to both give and receive God’s grace. Unlike Daisy Chain, the first book in the series, A Slow Burn is narrated by Emory Chance, Daisy’s troubled and enigmatic mother.

If you loved Daisy Chain, A Slow Burn won’t disappoint. If you haven’t read Daisy Chain and you enjoy women’s fiction go back and read Daisy Chain before you begin A Slow Burn.

I only regret finishing A Slow Burn because now I have to wait for the final book in the trilogy. I hope it’s released soon!

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