Saturday, June 30, 2012

Book Review: Escapement by Rene Gutteridge

By: Rene Gutteridge

About the Book:
"In each installment of 7 Hours, a character is visited by the enigmatic Thomas Constant, who makes a heart-stopping statement: “You are about to die. But you may choose from one of three options: Live seven more hours, travel back in time and relive seven hours, or accept the inevitable and die now.”
Mattie Bigham has lost his job, is losing his wife, and is not losing any weight. At just under four hundred and fifty pounds, he figures his doctor’s prediction that he's going to drop dead any second is about to come true. He is right.
When Thomas Constant appears, Mattie chooses murder—to carry out revenge on the bully who tormented him all through school. Except when he arrives for the showdown, he’s shocked to find this man in a scenario not unlike his own. Things get complicated quickly, and time is running out.
The clock is ticking. What will you do with the time you have left?"

About the Author:
"Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Listen, the Storm series (Tyndale House Publishers) and Never the Bride, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazards series from WaterBrook Press. She also released My Life as a Doormat and The Ultimate Gift: The Novelization with Thomas Nelson. Rene is also known for her Christian comedy sketches. She studied screenwriting while earning a mass communications degree, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University and earning the Excellence in Mass Communication Award. She served as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church for five years before leaving to stay home and write. She enjoys instructing at writers conferences and in college classrooms. She lives with her husband, Sean, a musician, and their children in Oklahoma City. Visit her Web site at"

My Review:
Since I have become a Rene Gutteridge fan I just had to read Escapement, and I was super intrigued with the whole collection of 7 Hour novellas.  In this one Rene has created quite a character in Mr. Matthew Bingham.  Overweight and loosing it all, Mattie's takes the option to extend his life and plans to murder the person who bullied him.  But unfortunatly his plan isn't perfect by any means.
I am not to sure I liked Mattie at first but as you read you begin to almost empathize with him and his situation.  He is one big mess and once Mattie finds his bully he realizes that things are exactly like he thought they were and now he has to alter his plan because after all he only has 7 more hours to live!  Through a series of revelations and events Mattie realizes that he does need God, but will it save him?
This is a quick, although slightly strange story that kept my attention from beginning to end and I can't wait to check out all the other 7 Hour installments now!

*I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

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