Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: Snapshot

Lis Wiehl, the author of Snapshot, is a former federal prosecutor, and this novel brings in all the suspense and thrill of a courtroom drama without the courtroom.

In the novel, Lisa Waldren is a well-known federal prosecutor in Boston. Her father, a retired FBI agent, and whom she has barely spoken with in years, contacts her out of the blue to help close the books on a case from 1965. He presents an old photograph, showing 4-year old Lisa sitting next to a little African-American girl at a Civil Rights rally. After some internal conflict and prodding from a close friend, Lisa decides to make the trip from Boston to Dallas to help her father piece together the truth behind a shooting at said Civil Rights rally in 1965.

James Waldren, Lisa's father, believes that the wrong man is behind bars and is about to be executed for the shooting. As Lisa and her father start digging into the past, they come across many shocking discoveries. They found the other little girl in the old photo, some historical artifacts that helped shed light on the racial tension of the day, and they found that sometimes, we need to look past assumptions and look deeper for the truth. In trying to save a death row inmate, Lisa and her father come across danger from the real killer, and have to decide how far they're willing to go to expose the truth.

I try to take a pretty critical look at the books that I review...I guess I can thank History 301, Historical Methods and Writing, for that critical eye...but I really couldn't find too much to gripe about in Snapshot. It was well-written, had a believable storyline and characters, was packed with action and drama, and answered all the questions I had about the plot throughout the story. I enjoyed the historical significance tied into the present day story. It kept me interested from page one until the end. In fact, I look forward to reading more books by Lis Wiehl.

Bottom Line: 5 out of 5 stars

*I received a complimentary copy of Snapshot from Zondervan publishing and Booksneeze in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

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