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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Past Suspicion by Therese Heckenkamp is an intriguing mystery story that tells of the revelations a young woman, Robin Finley, uncovers regarding her late mother’s past. At the age of 17, Robin is orphaned and sent to live with an uncle she never knew existed in her mother’s hometown, where secrets from the past become tied to her future. In an effort to understand what happened to her mother, Robin uncovers a quest for hidden treasure that led to tremendous heartache and tragedy, and threatens to ruin Robin’s life as well. With an intriguing cast of characters, led by two young men to whom Robin is attracted, the mystery unravels, putting Robin into the same danger that overcame her mother 18 years before. This leaves Robin realizing that she must first and foremost put her faith in God.
Therese Heckenkamp explores the insights, emotions, and shortcomings of a teenage girl trying to live her own life after her mother's untimely death. Unsure of whom to trust and not wanting to be thousands of miles away from home with strangers she knows nothing about, Robin tries to be independent and forgets her greatest strength –- her faith in God and prayer. While solving the mystery presented by information about her mother’s youth, Robin is confronted with countless emotional pulls that leave her confused and unsure of how to continue. While solving the puzzle, Robin’s own life becomes endangered and she learns that she has not given enough credit to the right people.
This is a great book about growing up and understanding that doing what you want is not always the best plan and that all choices require honest consideration, planning, and faith.