Karen Young tells a story of one woman’s winding and difficult journey to truth in Blood Bayou. Camille St. James devotes herself to Truth Project, an organization that strives to prove the wrongfully accused to be innocent. Chester Pelham is one such client of Camille’s. He is accused of murdering a woman in Blood Bayou, Louisiana, but Camille successfully advocates his exoneration. Camille’s joy soon turns to shock within days of Chester’s release as he is found at the scene of another murder in Blood Bayou. To make matters worse, the woman murdered is the sister of Camille’s ex-husband.
Jack Vermillion completely changed his life after a tragic accident and his divorce from Camille. Now a saved man and minister, his patience is tested when Camille returns to Blood Bayou to investigate the death of his sister. Torn between his stubborn nature and desire to prove he has changed, Jack’s character is tested. When Camille’s safety is threatened, Jack makes sure to protect her from further harm. Jack and Camille must put aside their dark past and differences to work together to find the truth.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” This is a fitting verse for Blood Bayou because Young shows the reader how Christ changes people into new creations in Him. Camille notices this in Jack, and discovers that she longs for change in herself as well. Camille is unsure of Jack’s new-found salvation, but she does notice a difference in him. Even though he claims to have God’s forgiveness, Camille is not as willing to forgive. Can Jack prove his genuine change and thereby guide Camille to truth?
Young weaves mystery and suspense with biblical truths to create an excellent story of redemption and forgiveness. Blood Bayou has realistic characters whom the reader cannot help but like. The story’s thrilling plot will generate intense page turning until the very end of the story. Both entertaining and enlightening, Blood Bayou is a great novel for any library or personal book collection. Adults and teens, whether male or female, will enjoy this gripping tale. – Elizabeth Ford, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Seven years ago, tragedy ended the troubled marriage of Camille and Jack Vermillion. Now, as head of the Truth Project, her life safe and orderly, she focuses her lawyerly skills on freeing wrongly incarcerated individuals on death row.
Jack paid a bitter price for his mistakes. No longer a high-powered corporate attorney, he's now pastor of a small church in Blood Bayou. Unsure of her own beliefs, Camille is highly skeptical of the conversion of this man she hasn't seen in seven years.
Then tragedy strikes again. Jack's sister is murdered, apparently by a prisoner Camille has set free. To prove his innocence, Camille must return to Blood Bayou. But that means facing the hostility of the town -- and Jack.