"A Slow Burn" by Mary DeMuth is the second book in her Defiance, Texas series. It picks up where "Daisy Chain" left off. Daisy Chance, a young teen, has been missing, and is found dead. "A Slow Burn" centres on the tragic circumstances of Daisy's mother, Emory Chance. The book deals with the harsh realities of life. Emory blames herself and her poor choices for the tragedy of her daughter's disappearance and death. She is weighted down with guilt, feelings of rejection and not being good enough. But God is pursuing Emory with His relentless love and boundless grace. Will Emory accept that love and grace, finding redemption and healing in the midst of her brokenness?
This is not light reading, but is at times disturbing, as Mary probes deeply into the characters' lives. This is a story to be read slowly and thoughtfully. I look forward to the continuation of this story of hope as it unfolds, leaving us with the message that no one is beyond the reach of our Redeeming God.