What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson ~ Book Review

July 5, 2023


About the Book 

Book: What Happens Next
Author: Christina Suzann Nelson
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 17, 2023

Popular podcaster and ex-reporter Faith Byrne has made a name for herself telling stories of greatness after tragedy--but her real life does not mirror the stories she tells. When she's asked to spotlight her childhood best friend's missing-person case on her podcast, she uncovers desperate secrets and must face the truth before she can move forward.

My Thoughts 

WOW... this book had be enthralled from the very first page. It was like a Dateline Cold Case show but in book form. Let's see if I can tell you about this book without giving it away...

First of all this is my very first book by this author and I was completely impressed. The characters are so real and believable. They can truly be your next door neighbors type of familiarity. The story is being told in three different perspectives but you can follow easily and not get lost. We see the story through Faith, Dora and Heather. 

Faith is a middle aged woman who is recently divorced and trying to cope with her daughters being shared with their father. She is a mystery podcaster and out of the blue she hears from her friend's sister to see if she can help solve and shed more light into Heather's disappearance to bring closure to the mom. 

Dora has been living in a standstill since her daughter went missing and she has definitely let life pass her on by. She has become somewhat bitter at God and her family. My heart ached for her. I just could not imagine going through what she has gone through. 

Heather brings us to the past throughout the story and we catch glimpses of the 80's. She was spunky and quite the character. I really enjoyed getting to know what that summer was like for her. 

The author truly makes you second guess yourself and work in trying to figure out who might be connected to Heather's disappearance. I have to admit I had a few guesses but none were correct. It was a bittersweet story but definitely a page turner. The faith thread was light but it was there and very different for each character. 

Overall I thought this was a great story. Definitely one of those that will keep you up because you want to find out what really happens!! I can't wait to see what this author writes next!

I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and the award-winning author of If We Make It Home, Swimming in the Deep End, and More Than We Remember. The Way It Should Be releases February 2, 2021.She writes and speaks about hope after dysfunction. Christina is over the top about her passion for faith, family, fiction, and foster care. When she’s not writing, she’s working with the Every Child initiative, chasing escaped steers, reading, breathing in the sweet smell of her horse, hiking with her dog, or enjoying her just-as-crazy family.

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