Dark, painful secrets from Hanna (great name, just spelled wrong!) Kessler’s childhood keep bubbling up. She’s kept the past buried for so long, but recently she’s been confronted by it on every front. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and her brother, both agents in the FBI’s Crimes Against Children unit, are trying to pin down a white supremacist.
On the surface, there’s plenty to like: Kessler is a photographer, she works at a coffee shop, it’s set mainly in the Washington, DC area, the relationships with other members of her family are fun to watch.
Deeper, this novel deals with healing from sexual abuse, balancing justice and mercy, and maintaining mixed-race friendships in the midst of racial tension.
I usually don’t read books from later in a series unless I’ve read the earlier books in that series. In order. I do make exceptions occasionally, and this is one such instance. I was perfectly able to jump into the story without feeling like I was missing much by having not read the earlier books. From what I’ve read, the different books in this series focus on different main characters, which is a model I think I like.
I started tearing up while reading the Acknowledgments (before the actual story in this particular book). The rest of the book didn’t touch me on quite that personal a level, but I’m OK with that.
The characters were believable and likable: Christians with their share of internal and external problems. The writing was fine (It didn’t stick out, for good or for ill. It was unobtrusive.).
Enduring Justice deals with darkness, but not without infusing hope. I read it quickly. I’m glad to see a novel from a Christian publishing house dealing with these topics. In that way, Enduring Justice reminded me of some of Penelope Stokes’ works.
I’ll likely seek out other books by Wallace.
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