Sunday, June 28, 2009

GUN LAKE by Travis Thrasher

THE SUMMARY: Five inmates break out of Stagworth Prison and are on the run. After a few thefts and bodies are left in their wake, they trek to Gun Lake in Michigan to lay low. Also converging at Gun Lake are numerous broken souls—Norah, trying to flee from an abusive husband; Don, drowning his heartache with alcohol; Michelle trying to break down the walls with her rebellious teenage son, Jared. They and others desire to escape from past mistakes, but at the same time, fear there is no hope in the future. Slowly, all their lives intersect at Gun Lake and an explosive outcome follows.

THE MESSAGE: Many characters in this book are searching for hope—hope for the future and escape from the past. Some try to solve their problems with worldly wisdom while others discover the power of forgiveness offered in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

THE PRESENTATION: Travis Thrasher creates a slow-burning suspense novel, one that gradually turns up the heat until the climax reaches a boiling point. Written from the perspective of half a dozen characters, readers need to be prepared to follow multiple storylines until the tales begin to merge. Many of the characters have mysterious pasts that take a while to emerge, but that’s part of the fun—trying to discern how some of them are connected.

FINAL THOUGHTS: The characters truly struggled with determining what is the right action in a world that is not clear cut. Right actions are taken for the wrong reasons. Wrong actions are motivated by right thoughts. It reminded me of something one of my mentors once told me: “I don’t care what you’ve done wrong. I want to know what you’re going to do to make it right.” That is what this book is about. Determining the right and discovering hope.


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