To begin, Not This Time is the first novel I have read by the author Vicki Hinze. You can find her personal website here. She is a Christian fiction author who also writes amazingly complicated thrillers. Most books in the genre of thrillers are easy to figure out within a few chapters, however in Not This Time, Hinze keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Myself having grown up and lived a significant part of my life in Florida, where this story is set, I have to say that she got it right. I love it when an author will set their stories in places that I know because I feel that the setting is also a character and should be given it’s proper due as well.
I do have to admit that there is not much in this book that I did not like, in fact I am not sure that I did not like anything. I also have to admit that writing reviews for the thriller/mystery genre is extremely difficult because I do not want to give anything away and I really want people to read this book!
The characters in the story are all well written and fleshed out. I enjoyed that you do not know everything about everyone in the first few chapters. Hinze’s characters are flawed and amazingly human and the story deals with something that we as human deal with on a daily basis whether we want to admit it or not. Terrorism. Although, in Not This Time, it is mostly domestic terrorism.
There is also a very understated and expertly woven in undercurrent of spirituality in this story. It is not preachy and I love that because it lets the actual story of this novel shine through. The “God factor” as I like to call it is low key, but also adds to the story without getting preachy. Both Christians and non Christians will love this novel.
I am totally looking forward to reading Hinze’s other novels hopefully soon. So, what are you waiting for? Go read Not This Time now! You will not be sorry you did!!
I got this book for free from WalterBrook Multnomah for the express purpose of this review.
Not This Time by Vicki Hinze (Chapter 1 Excerpt)