Cold Water by Samuel Parker – a review
I love a deeply allegorical book – and Cold Water delivered. We meet Michael as he is digging his way out of a grave. A grave he was placed in by a group of men seeking justice against him, in his hometown! I found myself gripped by the well told story that Samuel Parker has woven for us.
We learn that Michael was imprisoned at just 10 years of age – for a crime that is unthinkable and as the leader of the band of men, Haywood has determined is unforgivable.
Michael has baggage – some thrust upon him, some taught and some carried from his childhood. But he has instincts too, and for good or evil, he pays attention to them. When one is running for your very life – it’s necessary.
In some ways, it was alarming to see our personal struggles between our innate propensity to do things outside God’s plan for us, and the very real desire for redemption and forgiveness. The characters make us face that – and while not overtly Christian in its presentation, the message is there none the less.
I would recommend this book to people who read the “suspense” or even “horror” genres, and who would shy away from reading “those Christian novels.” The story is gripping and I anticipate it being popular in our Church library among our teens and men especially.
Thank you to Graf Martin Communications and Revell books for the opportunity to independently review this book. All opinions are mine.