Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
Dark to Mortal Eyes by Eric Wilson
"Plays out with unexpected twists and turns, like one would find in a well executed game of chess."
For the past 22 years, Josee Walker was passed from foster home to foster home. Questions about her past swirl like storm clouds through her mind as she travels to Oregon to meet her birth mother, Kara Addison.
When Kara fails to show up for the meeting, Josee wrestles with the pain of abandonment all over again until foul play is suspected in Kara’s disappearance. She joins forces with Marsh Addison, the father who demanded the adoption, to find her mother. Will a simple decision from Josee’s childhood be enough to battle the forces of darkness enveloping her and her newfound family? Will Marsh pry detestable family secrets from his mother in time to save his wife, daughter and the entire Pacific Northwest?
Eric Wilson doesn’t sanitize the colorful lives of his characters, making them more believable than most found in contemporary Christian fiction. The Christian characters, despite strong faith, have serious flaws that don’t suddenly disappear with a whispered prayer and flash of light. A stand-out example is when Sergeant Vince Turney fails miserably in his agreement to fast for a day. His overwhelming sense of guilt and defeat are palpable to any reader who feels as though he or she has fallen short. The lesson Wilson brings to light in a real way is that when we are weak, God is strong. Spiritual lessons are shown with real life examples, not blathered in a preachy monologue.
Wilson dives deep into the supernatural world, painting a dark and disturbing portrait reminiscent of Peretti’s This Present Darkness novel. Hope shines through as a long-forgotten seed of faith pokes through the fertile soil of Josee’s heart. This should encourage anyone who feels they have fallen away from their faith. Wilson’s writing style is frank, and at times appropriately alarming. The plot plays out with unexpected twists and turns, like one would find in a well-executed game of chess.
My advice is to wait until the weekend to begin Dark to Mortal Eyes. Once you peel back the cover, you won’t want to close it until the print runs out.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.