Book review: The Thorn of Truth

The Thorn of Truth by S.L. Russell was published by Lion Hudson on 21 May 2021. It is described as a contemporary novel.

I ordered it in advance from the local Christian bookshop and read it from cover to cover on 22 May.

While The Thorn of Truth more or less stands alone, there is much more background to some of the characters in Sue Russell’s previous book, The Healing Knife. The main character from The Healing Knife is less central to The Thorn of Truth, where the main character is the barrister from the earlier book. I highly recommend reading both in the order they were written.

The early aspirations and backgrounds of the main characters from the two books are introduced in a natural conversation.

The barrister’s dilemma and tensions between her professional and private lives are a source of conflict, making a gripping story.

There is plenty to think about with suspense, excitement and a serious crime to be solved. Reading group questions are included at the end. The faith content of the book reminded me of The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham.

The Thorn of Truth is well researched and well written. It has the strap-line ‘What is truth?’ – a phrase associated with Pontius Pilate. John 18:38

My review of The Healing Knife is here.

The Heretic – Book review

This book is a historical novel set in the time of Henry VIII.  This is a popular topic at present with all the interest in Wolf Hall – the book by Hilary Mantel televised on BBC2.  I bought it for hubby for Christmas and read it before him!  On the cover are the words

1536 who will survive the new world order?

It is well-written and well-produced in paperback by Lion Hudson.  There are maps and a list of characters to help the reader keep track of this long and involved story.

There is plenty of action, intrigue and mystery.  The beliefs of the various characters and the changes in the country are woven into the story in a seamless way.

Henry Vyner-Brooks introduces each chapter with a phrase in dog Latin and its translation into English.  Latin also appears occasionally in the text, with the translation in footnotes.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It is not a particularly easy read, but the story made me want to keep reading one or two chapters at a time.  To reach the end, I read well over one hundred pages in an evening, because I was immersed in the story.