By Wanda L. Dyson
“He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip” (Proverbs 20:19).
Judgment Day’s protagonist, Susan Kidwell is a slanderer, and she is not a truthful one at that. Her show “Judgment Day” sensationalizes the wrong doing of people in positions of power. In the very first scene when we are introduced to Susan, she is exposing a principal for being involved in the disappearance of some young girls at his school and for having child pornography on his computer. None of which turns out to be true; however the principal commits suicide because of the backlash of her show.
Susan’s shoddy reporting ultimately leads her into trouble she never expected. She is framed for murder, so she hires two private investigators, Marcus Crisp and Alex Fisher-Hawthorne to help clear her name.
Marcus and Alex are Judgment Day’s “Christian” heroes, though their faith seems like more of an afterthought than any kind of driving force in their life. They are asked to pray a couple of times, and they refer to God as “Father” once. The only character that refers to any nominal biblical/Christian beliefs is the crazy old woman that Susan has for a cellmate. She paces back and forth incessantly quoting scripture, which drives Susan nuts. These scriptures do lead Susan to a haphazard prayer when she thinks she is going to die and a life change when she is saved.
Overall, Judgment Day is a fun thriller that will keep you turning the pages. The Christian characters don’t seem very Christian, but there is a redemptive change in the main character due to scripture and God’s intervention, so I feel comfortable recommending the book.