Sacred Prey Paperback – Apr 29 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
A present-day Scrooge with an evil bent, wealthy New Orleans oilman Adam Claiborne, who has taken up loan sharking during the recession, tracks down and kills a young couple who have failed to pay off their debt. The next day, he goes to church, expecting to receive absolution as usual from his sycophantic confessor, but instead finds a new priest who tells him, "Until you know the sorrows of your victims, your sins cannot be forgiven." Claiborne's sleep that night is troubled, and he wakes to find himself in the body of one of his victims, Charlie Sinclair. With Charlie's wife Monique, he must live through the inexorable chain of events leading to the murders while trying to somehow redeem himself in time to save their lives. Screenwriter Schilling shows deft storytelling ability in her first novel; starting with the timeworn premise of an unrepentant sinner receiving his supernatural comeuppance, she manages to keep the plot fresh, lively and supplied with plenty of suspenseful twists. The story's effectiveness is sometimes marred by wooden prose, but in general this is a promising debut that will surely entertain genre devotees.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
In this suspenseful thriller, New Orleans loan shark Adam Claiborne kills a couple he believes has cheated him. When he is refused absolution and told he must see the world through the eyes of his victims, he awakens to find himself in the body of one of them--three days before Adam murdered him. He learns that his victims were innocent and tries to prevent the murders. But in spite of himself, he continues to duplicate the actions that led to the murders. If he cannot break free of this pattern, not only will the couple die but so will their child. This amoral, Catholic-by-the-motions man discovers that he is a better person than he thought. While this first novel is occasionally confusing (given two simultaneous Adams, with differing understandings of what is going on), it is generally well done and deserves to be in most suspense collections.
- Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Adam is also an unhappily married family man and a devout Catholic, who routinely gets absolution from his parish priest for his inevitable sins, including murder, in connection with his thriving loan sharking operation. When his regular parish priest becomes unavailable, a new priest refuses to follow suit, until Adam has had an opportunity to walk in the shoes of his victims.
Adam awakens the next morning only to find himself in the body of Charlie Sinclair, one of three victims he had just killed two days before. He soon realizes that time has been rolled back three days, time in which he must find a way to forestall the events that he knows lie ahead. As he relives the experiences of Charlie Sinclair, his old self, Adam, is also reliving the events.
The plot, while intriguing, fails to answer an important question. If Adam is now in Charlie's body, who the heck is in Adam's body? It is ostensibly Adam, but how can he be in two bodies at once? There is also some confusion on the issue of the timing. The murders in question happened on the night before Adam went to confession. He goes to bed and the next day is Sunday, only he discovers as Charlie that it is again Thursday, claiming that it is three days before his murder. This timeline is simply not possible and representative of very poor editing.Read more ›
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I have read a lot of books, but this is the first that I have not been able to put down until I finished it. I highly recommend it.Published on April 30 2002
This is a great thriller that I highly recommend. It's unique, fast-paced and extremely clever. The surprise ending is a true literary moment, and gave me chills! Read morePublished on Aug. 25 1999