Blind Trust (Book Review)

  • Author: Natalie Walters
  • Publisher: Revell
  • Available Now
  • Synopsis: Nicolás Garcia is alarmed with the risks that Lyla Fox, his co-worker and close friend, insists on taking in the line of duty. In the final installment of the SNAP Agency books, the agency seeks to find the source of the death threats Lyla has been receiving.
  • Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. Opinions expressed are my own.

Scripture Connection

 And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today.’

Exodus 14:13

I chose this verse because of one line in the story, from this same passage. It was my favorite spiritual theme in the novel, though I would have liked to have seen a stronger exploration of it.

Spiritual Themes

As the title implies, the novel largely centers on the theme of “blind trust.” While some of this trust pertains to a person, there’s also a fairly strong emphasis on blind trust in the sense of trusting God (faith; think Heb. 11:1). Nicolás must trust God with the life of Lyla, for whom he deeply cares.

Lyla, too, is encountering the importance of trusting God, and repeats the line “I will fear no evil,” from Psalm 23, in the midst of danger.

There’s one line I did really like:

Don’t presume that being still means nothing is happening. God didn’t call His people to step into the Red Sea until it was parted.

Natalie Walters, Blind Trust, 233

I think this is a solid and important point; well-said, too! I would have liked to see more exploration of this theme, but I’ll grant that it does tie into the overall theme of faith.

What I Liked

I really enjoyed Lights Out, so, although I was not able to obtain a review copy of the second book in the series, I was very delighted when I was approved for book three. Although I found Kekoa to be a super likable character, I was a lot more invested in Garcia’s romance. From the first book, Garcia has been pining after Lyla, and I had originally hoped that book two would be his romance. Ultimately, though, I think there’s probably more gratification with Garcia’s romance being the last in the series (even if I didn’t actually read book two).

The pacing, as in book one, was excellent. After looking forward to the book for awhile, I gulped it down in a hurry. There was one point, when I was a good way in, that I had a mixture of delight and dismay that I was getting through it so quickly. I was very much enjoying the reading, but I didn’t like the idea of it ending soon.

I also have to acknowledge that this is a case where I actually cared more about the romance than the suspense. In the review I wrote right before this one, I claimed that I cared more about suspense. Maybe that’s true of historical books, or maybe it’s really just contingent on how invested I am in the romance. In this case, I surprisingly didn’t care that much about the mystery (in fact, details seemed to go over my head at points, and I’ll admit that I had a similar experience with book one). I felt like there was a lot going on there, making it a bit harder for me to track, but, honestly, I’m sure it didn’t help that I was reading for the romance. (The same is true when I read, say, Anne of the Island, which has the similar best-friend-pining element.)

I also enjoyed how the other friendships intersected with the romance, in terms of teasing and such. Kekoa is such a fun character, in general.

Content (Contains a Spoiler)

Recently, I read a review of book one, which also brought up a concern I had about one line describing a person as an anchor. For this reason, that small part was fresh in my head.

I was a little disappointed that, once again, there’s a line about a person as an anchor. This line was more subtle, because it’s about her “needing an anchor in that moment,” but I was a bit puzzled by the author’s reusing this metaphor. Of course, it’s not a content note because it’s recycled, but because a person isn’t an anchor. And, while I may not have noticed it so much, on its own, I remembered the similar reference in book one.

The characters visit a “rage room,” where they pay to vent their fury by destroying things.

Spoiler

Lyla abruptly learns that her parents are not her biological parents.

End of Spoiler

Recommendation Status

I was very much looking forward to reading Lyla and Garcia’s romance, and in that respect, the novel did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the romance between the two characters, and it was so satisfying to read the story, after Garcia’s feelings were made apparent, in book one. In terms of entertainment value, the book ranks high, for me!

With that said, I would describe the spiritual themes as quite light. While there were a number of references to faith and even a few Bible verses, the focal point was ultimately on the romantic relationship. It was a very fun read, but I would have liked to see even more exploration of trusting God in the moments of waiting.

Recommended for readers who enjoy a “clean” romance and romantic suspense.

Published by Stephaniesninthsuitcase

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

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