I was going to post a review on a book I read recently that I simply couldn’t put down. It was fascinating, infuriating, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I was through. The author accomplished exactly what a writer wants to accomplish. So why am I not posting a review for his book…It was written by John Grisham, someone who does not need me to take up space on my blog to promote. I’d rather promote lesser know writers who could use the online marketing to make you aware of their work. Believe me, there are plenty of those writers out there, of which I am one.

Side note: The aforementioned book is The Innocent Man, definitely worth your reading time. After you’ve read it, let me know if it affected you the same way it did me.

Now on with this week’s review of Admission by Travis Thrasher.

I always enjoy books where unsolved mysteries come back to haunt the hero, so Admission captured my imagination right away. Jake Rivers isn’t your typical Christian fiction hero. Recently born again, Jake still struggles with his past, alcohol use, and a cadre of old friends with even more problems and secrets.

At the small Bible college he attended, Jake and his friends didn’t exactly mesh with the rest of the student body. They would rather party and chase girls in local clubs than worry if the lacrosse team was having a winning season. During his last semester, it seemed everything Jake had worked for was within reach. He had found romance and the job of his dreams was his for the taking. Then something unspeakable happens and the lives of Jake and his friends are changed forever.

Fast forward eleven years. Things haven’t exactly worked out for Jake the way he planned in school. And the secret of that fateful weekend just won’t leave him alone.

The hardest part for the reader in reading a book that jumps back and forth from present day to Jake’s last college semester is sometimes getting lost in past and present. The author handles this dilemma without missing a beat. I am giving Admission four stars. Excellent character portrayals by Mr. Thrasher helped me understand Jake, even if I didn’t always like him or agree with his choices. I wish the author would’ve expounded on what happened to Jake and his friends during their last camping trip a little more. I was left with a few unanswered questions. But then, I’m nosy and don’t want any details left to my imagination.

Admission by Travis Thrasher is a little out of the box for the typical Christian fiction I usually read, and possibly you too, but I recommend you give it a try.

Post a comment on this review or any of the previous reviews this month and you will be automatically entered to win an autographed ARC copy of my latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Darcy Carter. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Have a great week!
Teresa Slack



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5 responses to “Admission

  1. Teresa, I’m always open to new reading experiences, and based on your review, I would definitely consider this book! So many books, so little time. 😉

  2. Teresa,
    Your reviews are always compelling. Draws me right in.
    Hope you like The Winter Pearl when I find the time to sit down and send it to you.
    We have been remodeling for what seems like a year, and today the fix-it guy left. Finally. He did a good job, but I am exhausted trying to prepare meals without a kitchen.
    Let’s hear it for eating out every meal. Yeah! It suddenly hit me that I won’t have an excuse not to cook anymore.

  3. Toni

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I now have 3 to go find at the library. I just have to find the time to do it. Toni Holt

  4. Michael

    I noticed you enjoyed The Innocent Man. May, I suggest reading this Heartfelt Story. Here is something I read about it: Who And Where Is Dennis Fritz, You say after reading John Grisham’s Wonderful Book “The Innocent man”, Grisham’s First non-fiction book. The Other Innocent Man hardly mentioned in “The Innocent Man” has his own compelling and fascinating story to tell in “Journey Toward Justice”. John Grisham endorsed Dennis Fritz’s Book on the Front Cover. Dennis Fritz wrote his Book Published by Seven Locks Press, to bring awareness about False Convictions, and The Death Penalty. “Journey Toward Justice” is a testimony to the Triumph of the Human Spirit and is a Stunning and Shocking Memoir. Dennis Fritz was wrongfully convicted of murder after a swift trail. The only thing that saved him from the Death Penalty was a lone vote from a juror. “The Innocent Man” by John Grisham is all about Ronnie Williamson, Dennis Fritz’s was his co-defendant. Ronnie Williamson was sentenced to the Death Penalty. Both were exonerated after spending 12 years in prison. Both Freed by a simple DNA test, The real killer was one of the Prosecution’s Key Witness. John Grisham’s “The Innocent Man” tells half the story. Dennis Fritz’s Story needs to be heard. Read about how he wrote hundreds of letters and appellate briefs in his own defense and immersed himself in an intense study of law. He was a school teacher and a ordinary man from Ada Oklahoma, whose wife was brutally murdered in 1975. On May 8, 1987 while raising his young daughter alone, he was put under arrest and on his way to jail on charges of rape and murder. Since then, it has been a long hard road filled with twist and turns. Dennis Fritz is now on his “Journey Toward Justice”. He never blamed the Lord and soley relied on his faith in God to make it through. He waited for God’s time and never gave up.

  5. chris

    Well, it looks as though I have to get two books because of this review – and non-review.I’n not sure of the genre of your writing, but who can complain about getting a signed copy ARC?

    Peace and God bless

    – mooney

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