A Killer’s Grace by Ronald Chapman
Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (228 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Review by Rose
From the high desert of New Mexico comes a tale of mystery, murder and redemption. When journalist Kevin Pitcairn receives a disturbing letter from a serial killer, he is drawn into a compelling journey with profound psychological and spiritual implications, not just for the murderer, but for himself and society as a whole. As he tries to investigate and then tell the story, he finds himself battling his own inner demons and sordid history. Events conspire to propel an isolated matter to a national stage and audiences that are increasingly hostile. Forced to explore the roots of human psychology and sanity, Pitcairn must navigate moral and philosophical realms. What is the nature of evil? What powers of choice do humans actually possess? How may we be redeemed? And in the end, how do we reconcile with ourselves?
Despite starting off as a regular suspense novel, this book turns out to be so much more. Kevin Pitcairn, a recovering alcoholic journalist, receives a disturbing letter from a convicted serial killer—but unlike you might expect, the killer does not deny he killed. Instead he reveals information that sends Pitcairn reeling with the implications and sends him on a search that has a deeper implication than he could ever imagine.
This book is less a suspense than it is a psychological look at Pitcairn, and in a lesser way, with his friends and family. It’s told from his POV and the reader is on the journey with him. The discoveries we make together are something this reader will be thinking about for a long time.
There is a deep spiritual component to this book which is intriguing without being preachy (Pitcairn is a self-confessed agnostic) and it’s interesting to discover the “grace” that underlies the story. I found it hard to put the book down once I started reading it.
I recommend this book—the story flows well and this reader felt caught up in the search Pitcairn was on as he sought to understand what was happening.