Generally, Christian book review writers have praised Threads for its complex plot that gives a detailed window into the thought processes and ingenuity of cold-case detectives. Marshall and Blackwell have their own unique approaches, which keeps the plot dynamic and the reader always guessing. Each chapter builds on the last, culminating in an intricate but ultimately coherent and satisfying mystery that’s hard to put down. Evie and David each have their own unique set of skills, and it’s exciting to read how their individual talents complement their partner’s.
That said, some readers found the pacing somewhat slow, mostly because the book has so much detail to get across. Often times the plot feels somewhat sidetracked by the character’s conversations on faith. Christian book review writers naturally appreciate this faith-focused element, but some commentators questioned whether it could have been worked into the writing more organically.
Evie and David are fascinating characters who are fleshed out with personal struggles that really help bring them to life. Romantic relationships are explored, and they are done so in a way that is edifying and respectful towards Christian moral principles. Evie is never one to shy away from prayer, and her mature attitude is a positive source of inspiration for Christian women.
Furthermore, the detectives’ commitment to God’s justice and their show of strength in the face of the grim cases they must solve is a positive, inspiring message for Christian readers. The book also champions the Christian notion of valuing and pursuing God’s truth. Evie’s conversations with characters form a good base for theological discussions, and attentive readers are likely to walk away with much to ponder.
Furthermore, while the book does revolve around the dark topic of missing persons, it doesn’t delve unnecessarily into gritty or upsetting details, which is good for Christian readers who wish to avoid excessively lurid or upsetting material. Henderson tells an engaging story about detective work without having to rely on shocking or violent imagery, which is impressive for the genre.
Overall, Threads of Suspicion of is a clever book with:
- An intricate, riveting plot
- Morally upright, Christian characters
- Theological themes woven throughout the story
While minor, the story is somewhat hampered by:
- A slow pace at the start
- Somewhat obtuse dialogue
- Minimal action
Threads, along with the Evie Blackwell series as a whole, is a great example of how diverse Christian literature can be. It manages to tell a tense, exciting detective story without straying from its author’s religious foundations. The book entertains as well as it enhances the reader’s understanding of their faith.