Title: The Oath
Author: Frank Peretti
Publish Date: April 2007
Genre: Christian Fiction
Page Count: 656 pages
This novel centers around Hyde River, a mining town in the mountains. The people that have lived there have been there for years, and it used to be a prosperous, but has since fallen into somewhat of a state of disrepair. However, there were some events that happened when the town was first founded about 100 years ago that the townspeople refuse to speak of. And by refusing to speak of it, they fall further and further into the sin that the townspeople committed so many years ago. Then a stranger comes to town to investigate his brother’s death and it all begins to unravel as he begins to investigate the bizarre string of "accidents" that have happened and are beginning to happen again.
For this book being over 600 pages, I still read it pretty fast. There aren’t really any ‘slow’ parts to speak of and the plot steadily unfolds for the reader. I picked this novel up not realizing that it was Christian Fiction, only going on the jacket summary and though I’m not one to read Christian fiction, I actually enjoyed it. At certain parts I forgot it was a Christian novel. There are some supernatural elements that are here, which I didn't expect and you really have to suspend your disbelief to wrap your head around that.
Overall, I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5.
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