I don’t typically read horror thriller type novels. However, when I first saw the cover of Beckon, by Tom Pawlik, I was immediately intrigued and requested a review copy through Tyndale.
Tom Pawlik is a Christy-Award winning author. Aside from Beckon, his works include Vanish, Valley of the Shadow, and a novella- Recollection from the 7 Hours anthology. Tom Pawlik is well loved for writing, which is as thought provoking as it is attention grabbing. That being said… this is my first Pawlik.
About Beckon… Some things are best left undiscovered. Three people—a young anthropologist researching a Native American legend; an ex-cop investigating her cousin’s mysterious disappearance; a retiring business genius hoping for a miracle cure—all find themselves in the small town of Beckon, Wyoming. All three are searching for answers, one by one they discover the town has a ghastly secret that the residents will protect at all costs… will any of them survive?
My thoughts… Beckon is pure literary adrenaline! While there were elements in the book that simply gave me the heebie jeebies (i.e. spider like creatures), I simply could NOT put it down. From the moment Jack, Ben, and Rudy enter the caves I was hooked.
While Beckon addresses faith, morality, and mortality—with the question “What would you give for the ability to live forever? Would it be worth it?—I would not label it as “Christian fiction” but rather as “fiction written by a Christian.” The difference? No mention is made of salvation, only vague references to prayer and one character’s joy and peace, which were related to her faith. Of course, the contrast between eternal life and earthbound immortality existed, though it was left virtually unexplored.
I will be checking out Pawlik’s other works!
Beckon is available on Amazon, ChristianBook.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and at Christian retailers nationwide.
***Courtesy copy provided by publisher to facilitate review. All opinions are my own.***
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