By: Jeff Beckett
Length: 370 Pages
Published: June 23rd 2017
Gabriel is a man who has damned himself with bad decisions and immoral behavior. His family is caught in the crosshairs and must bear the brunt of his behavior. He cares about only two people in his life: himself, and Gabriel.
In the wayward journey he has undertaken in his life, he finds himself becoming the victim. That is, he becomes the victim in a murder case. He is not the person who is killed, but becomes the person who is accused.
Piece by piece, the evidence stacks up against him like bricks that build a wall. The bricks divide and isolate his family on the other side of the wall, and he finds himself in deep danger of being found guilty of murder. He angrily and passionately professes to everyone he can wave a stick at, that he hasn’t committed the crime.
His pleas fall on deaf ears. Nobody hears his vehement cries of innocence. Not the judge, jury, prosecuting attorneys, or even his family. When the verdict is found, he is led away and is forced into his new life – a prisoner who will rot until he meets his maker. How could this happen? Even the DNA says he is guilty. Can DNA ever be wrong?
This book went through a makeover during my reading period.
For years courtrooms have used DNA to prove a person innocence or guilt, what would you do if your DNA was found at a crime scene? That is the story Jeff Beckett has created in this Christian suspense novel. While I haven’t read a book Christian based since my early teens (thanks to Grandma & Grandpa), this book was easy to fall for. I was provided the 1st few chapter from the author himself and after I finished I bought the book. That’s how good I found the first few chapter.
Beckett has a flawless writing style, that maneuver between multiple characters. Each all revolving around the star of the book Gabriel. While many characters come into play I was a little taken back by the individual storyline of character which intertwined with the main plot. I didn’t think all of them made such a strong impact. One in particular that stands out would be that of Maloney and Cox (detectives on the case). In the beginning, I was drawn to the dynamic of the two, but the disappeared and made a reappearance just when I thought Beckett had forgotten about them. It was the reappearance when it I no longer felt the dynamics of these detectives as their relationship shifted gears almost feeling forced upon. Other storylines also didn’t seem to have a conclusion but when the character resurfaced the questions I had about their departure still were left as questions.
This book is more or less following a personal journey to finding the good despite the scenario in which he been thrust into which is possibly the worst case ever. I know it’s one I wouldn’t want to find myself in. This also explores the more positive sides of prison. While I’m no expert on what prison life is like, I’ve known a few bad and good seed who have found themselves locked behind bars. They each took different views from it, and Beckett shows that you can find faith anywhere, just as many inmates do. It was refreshing not to be forced to read the typical stereotype of prison life.
One of the main things I noticed about this book was that the characters were real, they felt like real people, their response where genuine. It all went to the fact that the character flaws were exposed down to little things like biting the inside of a cheek, a snarky remark, doing things you don’t even realize you do were written into the storyline. It was easy to forget that you were reading a book and not watching a crime show on television with these little added details.
This was an intriguing book, one I would recommend to any person who enjoys crime novels.