Double Blind
by Hannah Alexander

Steeple Hill Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-373-78573-5.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 02/10/2008

Fiction: Mystery; Fiction: Christian

When a deadly car crash shattered her marriage, Sheila Metcalf came home to Hideaway, Missouri, to find new meaning in her life. Now, secrets from the past and the deaths of two childhood friends are drawing her back to the Navajo reservation in Arizona. What is the connection between her mother's long-ago death and the troubles sweeping across the Navajo nation? Will the new love in her life find faith in time to help her put these questions to rest?

In this ninth book in the Hideaway series, author Hannah Alexander takes her readers to Arizona and a boarding school for Navajo children. Here, biligaana (white people) are not to be trusted and suspicions surround Sheila, who has come to help in the local clinic. The Wolf, with inherent powers of evil, is threatening the lives of the children and the dreams that haunt Sheila. In the face of this peril, she must find answers to questions that threaten her life, her spirit, and the children she has come to help.

In this medical mystery, Sheila puts her nursing skills and her belief in God to the test. Nightmares and spirits draw her back into the realm of Native American mysticism, where she spent time as a child and lost her mother. Going against the wishes of her father, friends, and the man who loves her, she will test her faith and venture into a different kind of reality. After a fierce battle in an old shaman's death hogan, she is found drugged and huddled over a bloody, dying man. Later, she tells her rescuers, "The spirits—they are real."

This book brings back some of our favorite characters from the Hideaway series and adds a new level of spiritual awakening. The suspense will keep you guessing to the very end and the surprises keep you turning the pages in this delightful read.

Christy Award winning author Hannah Alexander is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde, who live in the Missouri Ozarks. Their novels, set in imaginary Ozark towns, appeal to romance, spiritual, mystery and medical thriller fans. Visit their website.

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