“The cause of the World’s problems is the extreme prejudice you inflict on your fellow man“-Imogene Pembroke
A little girl chosen to be messenger for mankind. Her father, an atheist doctor. Her mother, an albino priestess. Her great-aunt, whose secret child comes back to haunt her. Her older brother, a college student who narrowly escapes death. A sadistic butcher. A thieving clinic receptionist. A child-molesting prison guard. Religious fanatics. Angels and demons. Spiritual Guardians. Christians. Muslims. Pagans. Saints and sinners of every shape, color, and size. These are all part of the colorful cast of characters that make up Imogene’s Message by Christina Sherborne.
The plot of Imogene’s Message, told in the third-person from a multitude of characters’ perspectives, is carefully woven to create a tale about a small village near Stonehenge that is brutalized by a family of Christian fundamentalist fanatics who are literally hell-bent on ridding the world of “sinners” (that is, everyone except themselves). At first, the readers think that the family has a hidden agenda, but as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that they really believe they have been specifically chosen by God to purge the world of sin.
Sherborne wastes no time at all getting straight into the action. In the opening scene, Xantara Pembroke has been imprisoned by the family for participation in pagan healing rituals. She witnesses the torture of one young man and the brutal murder of another man. But her young daughter Imogene has a message that hopefully will save mankind from their own bent for self-destruction…
Sherborne skillfully interweaves various themes into this rollercoaster of a thriller. The most important theme is tolerance vs. prejudice. Others include violence vs. peace. The novel teaches a valuable moral lesson about living in peace and cooperation with each other rather than simply looking out for one’s own self-interest. The contrast of jarring scenes of violence and descriptions of gorgeous landscapes and scenery makes the setting of the novel refreshingly unique.
I will definitely be reading the sequel, Imogene’s Past Lives
To read Imogene’s Message: http://www.amazon.com/Imogenes-Message-Thriller-Extreme-Prejudice-ebook/dp/B00K91UC2Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8