"Trevor MacDaniel is a search and rescue volunteer whose need to guard and protect extends to his daily life. When he rescues a boy from a mountain lion, he forms a bond with Natalie Reeve, the sculptor next door whose gift is also a disability. Their relationship develops, but a reckoning draws near. Drawn by the heroic story of the boy's rescue on the news, a twisted mind recognizes its adversary in Trevor, like an archangel of stalwart size and righteousness. The threats Trevor receives chill him and those he cares about, but are, at the root, a cry for help. Jonah Westfall, chief of police, has not encountered a threat like the one approaching his town, Redford, Colorado. But he'll do whatever it takes to bring it down. The monster cries for help in the only way he knows how, by reenacting the nightmare that created him, hoping and praying each time for a different outcome. Trevor MacDaniel, strong in appearance, power, and righteousness, will provide him his final test"--
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Daring rescues, mysterious happenings, and a potential for romance. Kristen Heitzmann's novel is a prize.
Trevor McDaniel soon finds himself in a fight to save the innocent and helpless of the Westfall community from a disturbed and damaged soul.
A great read! One you won't want to miss!
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
I have read a few Kristen Heitzmann books before this one and loved them. This one was no different. The story immediately drew me in and kept my attention. There were times when I wanted to reach into the pages and wring Trevor’s neck or smack another character for something or other. Kristen really has this way of making you fall in love with some of them and then you just want to scream or cry or whatever. The dynamics are amazing! If you are a fan of any of her other books then you I recommend this one as well.
Broken dreams don’t keep former gold medal skier and Search and Rescue volunteer Trevor MacDaniel from taking life head on, but personal loss has driven home how fragile and fleeting life and innocence are. He will risk his life for someone in need, as Natalie Reeve learns when her nephew is snatched from a trail by a mountain lion.
An eidetic savant, Natalie processes emotional images that lodge in her mind by sculpting the faces in clay. She displays her nature statues at her gallery, but hides the faces that are part of her gift, part of her disability. Seeing beneath the surface, she processes the micro expressions and reveals, in clay, the person she sees with God’s eyes.
When Trevor and Natalie finally meet, strange things begin to happen. Mysterious pictures, missing children, and a stalker keep their budding relationship in chaos.
The internal struggles of each character in this novel drew me in so deep, I could not stop reading until I had finished the book. Even now, after reading to the very end, I crave more. More understanding of each character, more of what the future may hold for each of them, more of Kristen Heitzmann’s novels. This is the first of her books that I have read, and I am an instant fan. I MUST read more! Indelible is wrought with suspense, danger, intrigue, and an ending that is almost impossible to predict. Relationships born of tragedy, held together by love and trust, depth of emotion, and unfulfilled longings are just the tip of what makes this book worth reading. I highly recommend Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann as a wonderful addition to any reader’s bookshelf.
Indelible is a novel that can be read alone, but makes the reader crave more. Heitzman’s novel, Indivisible precedes this novel, Indelible. I loved Indelible, and plan to read Indivisible as well.
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS--read at your own discretion.
I liked that we had flawed characters--some with flaws we and others could see and some with flaws that are more internal. It was also nice to see the characters confront some of their flaws and fears.
I do wonder if the author intended that all "artistic" characters had some disability? Natalie has an eidetic memory and she's used sculpting as a way to cope with her problem of faces getting stuck in her memory. Fleur is blind but paints. And Natalie seems to lose her sculpting ability once she loses the eidetic memory feature.
I liked that the town seems to look out for Fleur and adapt to her--saying hello to her as they approach or she approaches, for example. I like Piper and Fleur as roommates and I like that Piper is able to see below the idiosyncrasies of Miles and Natalie to what lies beneath.
Though it is never directly stated that any of the characters are Christian, Natalie and Aaron both seem to be--or at least believe in the power of prayer. Trevor tells Aaron that he's undecided, yet Aaron seems to have no problem with Trevor hanging with Natalie despite that difference. (To be fair to Aaron, he's dealing with a very ill wife and rehabbing from a leg injury himself as well as trying to be a father to his now one-armed son. We do see Trevor starting to change but in my mind, it's too soon to know if that change will "stick".
I like Whit's and Sara's loyalty to Trevor. It bothers me that Sara still seems hung up on Trevor even though she's married to Whit and the mother of his child. Even Whit seems to feel Sara is with him because Trevor came as a package deal. We don't see enough to know whether Sara reacts this way to all his dates or if it's just because his relationship with Natalie seems different. (It seems prior to Natalie, Trevor pretty much stuck to surface dating--people he wasn't really interested in being with long-term.) I hope that her behavior was out of concern for Trevor--both that he not hurt Natalie and that he not be hurt by a relationship--rather than out of jealousy or out of fear that if Trevor had a steady relationship, she would not be important to him anymore.
Though I don't like that the little boy lost his arm, I like that he adapts quickly, taking it in stride and not seeing it as a handicap. He wants to climb walls, run, etc. just like all other little boys.
I guessed that the quotes in the intervening pages between chapters were from "Paradise Lost" even before that was revealed. I didn't quite understand the motivation of that character though. I guess he wanted to pass what he felt was his mission on to someone he felt would continue it in a better way than he could. But it was a bit disturbing.