Friday, January 4, 2013

When Crickets Cry - Charles Martin

Summary:  A man with a painful past...a child with a doubtful future...and a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.

It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town.  A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand.  Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car.  But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest.  The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit.  And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.  Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry--and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.  (Summary from book cover and image from

My Review:  To note, this was a book club pick--not something I'd normally pick up of my own volition.  It's Christian lit, which is fine, but again not something I typically pick up.

My biggest gripe with the book is its predictability.  Long before the twists and climax are foreshadowed I felt you could see them coming.  That was a big disappointment to me.  I also am not typically a sappy book reader.  Combine those two and you can see why I struggled to keep reading this selection.  

That said, the aspects to the book that I did enjoy were the medical descriptions and every once in a while there were some very lucid explanations of morals values that were spot on.  If I were to recommend this book to someone to read it would be for the small section Martin addresses regarding pornography and how it affects the mind.  It is beautifully written and has great wisdom. 

Overall, I felt the book was a bit contrived.  I learned a great deal about the heart, the body, and how doctors are able to perform such amazing feats as switching one person's heart with another.  There were some questions I had regarding the medical policies described--I don't dare go into any more details for fear of ruining the book--as they didn't seem plausible.    There were members of my book club that thoroughly enjoyed the book.  It just wasn't the book for me.

My Rating:  3 stars

For the sensitive reader: Descriptions of medical procedures that possibly could offend those with a weak stomach.  Otherwise, clean.

Sum it up: Predictable with a good message.


Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

This has been on my reading list forever...didn't realize the religious slant...don't generally go for those either.

Stacy Bernstein (Longtime Lover Of Literature) said...

Love your blog! Always nice to meet a fellow biblophile, I will keep coming back to look at your reviews.

I am currently doing a 100 book challenge and would be interested to see if any of the books i'm reading overlap with what you are reviewing as well



Brandy said...

My review of When Crickets Cry will post on Monday. I had similar feeling as you did - very, very predictable.


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