Item description for The Strand by Ellen Santilli Vaughn...
Overview A sophisticated mystery by the author of "Gideon's Torch, " in which unexpected encounters lead one woman to answers and into the unexplored regions of her own heart.
Anne Lorelli has it all. A successful husband. A beautiful home. And a life running right on schedule. But underneath the smooth surface, dark undercurrents are about to sweep her into a nightmare. Powerfully written and masterfully paced, this contemporary page-turner is both a sophisticated mystery with twists that defy formula fiction and a rich story simmering with subtle truths.
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Ingram Advance - 08/01/1999 page 58
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849937280 ISBN13 9780849937286
Availability 0 units.
More About Ellen Santilli Vaughn
Vaughn received her bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and her master's in English literature from Georgetown University. She serves as Editorial Director for Prison Fellowship Ministries. She lives with her husband, Lee.
Ellen Santilli Vaughn currently resides in the state of Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Strand?
"you are alive" he answers Dec 26, 2003
This book has a little bit of everything from a murder mystery to so much more, and when you've finished reading the book, if you are the kind of person who likes to look deeper than the surface of a story this book will give you that incentive.
Anne Lorelli is a woman who has what many woman would like, a comfortable wealthy life with a successful husband. She has everything on the surface materialistically, but underneath the facade of her marriage, the love and companionship she desires is not there anymore. It is ironic that on the eve of their wedding anniversary, while they took a stroll along the river, they are accosted by a couple of muggers. When her husband tries to stop them from taking her necklace, he is killed. It seems to be a simple robbery/homicide case at first but evidence comes to light that reveals it is much more than just that.
Tom Hogan, the detective, was suspicious about Anne's reaction to the death of her husband-she was too cold, and yet he is drawn to her.
Anne finds solace from new acquaintances, a couple of holocaust victims and a group she has agreed to help as a volunteer in a neighborhood that is in a seedy area.
The story kept me involved throughout the story. It contained stories within the main story-like surviving the holocaust, surviving in a drug and gang related neighborhood and the dark secrets of the successful, family revelations of sorrow-no one was immune, no class of people left out. It also is a story that gives one the feeling of hope and faith. I highly recommend it.
Good Book! Jun 18, 2001
I really enjoyed reading this book! I'm not a big reader, but one day I got ambitious and bought this book... hoping it would be interesting. It was! Not only was it full of surprises, it also had some history in it. I recommend this to anyone! My Aunt is reading it now!
Not the best Jan 12, 2001
This book was one of the weaker christian books I have read recently. My major complaint was that the plot was extremely predictable from the very beginning of the book.
The only one good thing about the book were the author's descriptions of the Holocaust. The use of these characters who experienced the Holocaust was successful and the description of the museum in DC was phenomenal. But because this wasn't the major part of the plot, it didn't make the book an excellent one. It also didn't seem to be woven in very well with the plot.
The book also lacks content in spirituality. One review called her use of christianity "subtle." But I found it almost non-existant.
I find that my review differs from most of the others'. But I hope it will be helpful to someone.
Christian Novel Goes Against The Norm Aug 15, 2000
Most of the time, when I see a christian novel, it is about one of two things. Either it is a romance, or about the end times. I am a fan of both these types of books, but after a while it gets a bit old. "The Strand" bucked the system and completely grabbed my attention. The plot of a woman's road to recovery after her husband's murder was unlike any christian novel I have seen. As the plot thickened with unsuspected news about her deceased husband, it grew harder and harder to put this novel down. I was also impressed with the subtlety Vaughn used in sharing her Christian views. The book had good morals and characters that were Christians, but it wasn't shoved down the readers throat so much that they felt they were being witnessed to. This book could be enjoyed by Christians and Non Christians alike. I applaud Vaughn for this successful attempt. I cannot wait for her to create more novels that intrigue me as much as "The Strand". Bravo!
A Real Page Turner Feb 26, 1999
I thought that this book was excellent. At first when my sister gave it to me to read it didn't seem interesting. I then decided to read it and I couldn't put it down. It is really realistic and worthwhile to have in your library.