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Review of Driver Confessional by David L. Winters

Leah Courtney
I recently had the opportunity to review the first book in what will be a suspense/thriller series by author David L. Winters. Although the premise sounded interesting, this is one I ended up not liking so much.

Review of Driver Confessional

About the Book

From the book's description: A Washington ride-share driver takes his faith to work, encouraging clients to share their problems as he drives to their destinations. His part-time job takes a left turn when a mysterious woman confesses her involvement in an international plot involving nuclear materials, Russian terrorists and a certain Senator.

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My Thoughts

I appreciate when an author wants to write Christian fiction and work in a Christian worldview message with a good story. It's a great way to reach fiction fans with a message that they may not normally read. But I think that in order to appeal to readers, a well-done Christian fiction book also has to have a really interesting, compelling, and well done story.

The writing in Driver Confessional was somewhat choppy and not well coordinated. There were even a couple of times where I noticed a tense change that seemed accidental and didn't work. Although there was one main storyline with the ride-share driver and one of his passengers, other passengers and their stories were also somewhat developed. The result of this was that there were so many people and storylines that the book became somewhat confusing.

The book also was rather "preachy." It's possible to infuse a story with a Christian worldview in a very subtle way but still have the reader walk away having had spiritual insights and been encouraged toward spiritual growth. Driver Confessional wasn't subtle. Often the dialogue was strongly and directly spiritually focus in a way that made it seem forced and not genuine.

Although the premise of the book was interesting, I really didn't find myself liking this one. I give it two stars and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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