The author of Perfect, a novel by Harry Kraus, M.D., is definitely “cutting edge” which is also used as a description of his website. He enjoys using his medical training as authentic substance for his books. Perfect is about that special kind of woman we all know that appears, at least on the outside, to be exactly what everyone dreams they want to be.
But was her life really that perfect? Wendi Stratford, a good Christian woman and wife of a successful doctor, wanted to “break free of the lie she’s been living.” The question was how to do that exact thing without ruining her personal reputation and her professional life as an accident reconstructionist.
I’d spent my professional life reading subtle clues, the whys and hows of motor vehicle accidents. Skid marks, velocities, folded fenders. These were the things that whispered their secrets to me. It linked me to Henry in a weird sort of way. I figured out what happened at crash scenes. He took over from there and did the neat life-saving stuff. That was Henry.
Kraus uses a comfortable style of writing that makes one want to keep on reading and not put the book down until the end. Wendi becomes your friend. You feel both envy and sorrow for her at the same time. It tears your heart out for someone to go through so many dilemmas.
Someone is leaving Wendi clues at accident scenes, clues that could lead her straight into a killer’s hands. With her life on the line, Wendi must find the strength in a faith that until now had been merely an accessory to her storybook life.
The characters are believable and drag the reader into the mystery and suspense of an intricate plot. It is nail-biting at its best. Nothing makes for better reading than a story about something we know nothing about, such as accident reconstruction or putting lives back together on an operating table.
Another thought troubled me. Was this the evidence that convinced the police that something was amiss? No, I thought, Chris wouldn’t have tried to mislead me by telling me there were brake marks present. There must be some other evidence that makes them think Cindy’s death was no accident.
If you are all in for a great mystery, this is the one.
Pick it up at the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Library, Prescott, AZ