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The Price of Jade: A Suspense Novel By Liz Hastings: Blog Tour Review and $25 Giveaway & A Free Copy of the book
Title:The Price of Jade: A Suspense Novel
Author: Liz Hastings
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (July 1, 2018)
FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review
With its lush rainforests and awe-inspiring ruins, Guatemala has always played a central role in Matt Miller's life. The stunning land where he once served as a missionary is now a vital part of his importing business, and after years of anticipating a trip to the exotic country with his wife, Cathy, and teenage daughter, Melissa, it's finally happening. But what begins as a dream vacation soon spirals out of control as the Millers face every parent's worst nightmare: their daughter has disappeared without a trace. Every second counts as Matt and Cathy throw themselves into the most urgent search of their lives—a search that becomes frantic when a ransom note arrives. As Matt traverses dense jungle and remote villages, relying on the help of an unlikely band of Good Samaritans, it is clear that Melissa's kidnapping was far from random. There is a network of greed and deceit that runs deep, and no one can be trusted. Desperate to protect his family, each step leads Matt closer to a ruthless killer. And what he discovers points to a greater deception than he could have imagined . . .
The Price of Jade is full of a lot of angst and suspense. More than half the time you're not quite sure who to trust. The story is told from many points of view from the main Miller family: Matt, Cathy, and Melissa, to Scott & Raul tour leaders, and Matt's boos Nick. We also see things happening from the tourists on the Book of Mormon Tour to the villains in the story, and there are many of those.
The story goes into full action when right at the beginning Melissa, Matt and Cathy's daughter, is kidnapped. Matt is still back in the USA and Cathy is there trying to find someone to help her. What a terrible feeling you get, especially if you are a parent, when you think of this happening to one of your children. There were so many different people involved in the kidnapping. Your job as a reader is to figure out who is truly behind all of it. I figured that part out about 3/4 of the way through.
The thing I really loved in this book was the journey spiritually, mentally, and emotionally that so many of the characters went through. There were lessons learned about forgiveness, having faith, trusting in others, loving your family more, and selflessness. There are many surprising things in this book. I think the most shocking thing was finding out that this was Liz Hastings first published novel. Price of Jade is a well-written, compelling novel with gripping scenes that will leave you breathless, but has a rewarding ending.
This book is going on my Summer Reading list for you.
If you want to read a fast paced mystery that you can't put down, this book should definitely be on your to-read list.
Meet Author Liz Hastings:
Liz Hastings was born in Afton, Wyoming. She attended BYU where she majored in English. She currently lives in Springville, Utah, and is the mother of seven children and many grandchildren. Besides writing, she spends her time teaching kids to read. She loves the mountains, campfires, playing board games, scrapbooking, music, dancing, and especially spending time with her family. The Price of Jade is her first novel