Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Sound of Red Returning

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Sound of Red Returning
Kregel Publications (December 9, 2011)
Sue Duffy


Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001), Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010), and The Sound of Red Returning (Kregel, 2011). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.


After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can't shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she's giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash.

It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he'd been spying for Russia. She had seen that man-that eerie face-the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he's back-and coming for her.


“Sue Duffy has mixed the mayhem of political intrigue with the melody of romance.” —Dick Bohrer, author, editor, and former journalism professor
“Intrigue and suspense come together in an incredible story of love and betrayal, commitment and courage, power and danger . . . and a God who controls it all. Sue Duffy is a wonderfully gifted writer and this book is a must-read.” —Steve Brown, founder and president of Key Life and host of Steve Brown Etc.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Sound of Red Returning, go HERE.

Book Review

Reading this book has prompted me to make a "must read" list on the sidebar of my blog.    I read a LOT of books in a year -- about 400 -- and every year make a pile of books which I know my husband would love to read as well as a "must read" list.    My "must read" list usually consists of less than 20 books which tells you how much I liked this book.   

I love books that I can't "predict" from the first page.   Duffy does an excellent job of weaving a complex story that draws you in from the first page without making it so overwhelming you get confused.   

The characters had depth and feeling.    My friend read this book after me and she got really frustrated with the main character.   She said she got mad at her for not taking her protection seriously.    I understood that point of view, but I have a lot of "artist" friends and trying to put them in a box would have gone about as well as portrayed in this book.    They live in their own world.   

I started this book at 11:00 at night which is bad news when I am reading a book I really like.   It means I can't put it down... which I didn't until I finished.    The alarm came really fast the next morning, but it was SO worth it!     So much so that I am going to be looking for more from this amazing author.

(I apologize for this posting late.   I set it to auto post and accidentally set it for May instead of April.   My apologies to CFBA and Ms. Duffy.)

1 comment:

Sue Duffy said...

Deanna, you have blessed my day beyond measure. Thank you for such an encouraging review. I hope you'll join me next spring for book two of the trilogy.

My best to you,
Sue Duffy