post written by Emma Filbrun
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: The Agency Files book two
Major Themes: Gangs, Mystery
Synopsis: After a plea bargain gone bad, Leo is on the run again for his life.
Mismatched is quite the suspenseful book! I rarely read mysteries or suspense books, but because this was written by Chautona Havig I knew I would enjoy it—and I was right. One thing I really liked about this one was seeing how Leo grew in his walk with God, and how other people around him, who were not believers, saw God in him and were attracted.
In the beginning of the story, Leo is working for a mechanic, and Allison brings her car to him because of a knocking noise. He is thrilled to discover that the engine needs rebuilt, and that she is willing to pay for that to happen. He is also attracted to the car’s owner—but he knows it is not safe for her to be involved with him. He managed to get away from the Kasimirs once, after he became a Christian and turned himself in to the police. However, the plea bargain which let him go free made him a target for the gang. They left him for dead once…but they won’t make that mistake again. How can he let Allison be near him?
And then there is the matter of his appearance. Tattoos and piercings all over his body—he rather stands out. Can Allison really overlook his outside and see the real Leo inside? What about the rest of the community? And then when the Kasimirs come after him again, is there any hope of escape?
I haven’t had a book so affect me in a long time. Even though I knew that, because it is fiction, things had to turn out good in the end, I could hardly stand to set it down when I had to be a responsible adult. This author is a master at suspense! I will have to admit I was just a bit uncomfortable at the level of violence that appeared to be coming, but it didn’t turn out too bad in the end. One thing I appreciated was the way Leo was able to connect with the local teenagers and help them understand that they really didn’t want to be part of a gang. I also liked watching Leo learn about living the Christian life—the misunderstanding about Bible reading was quite humerous!
So do I recommend this book? Yes—for those who enjoy an intense, danger-filled story which has meat to it. One of the themes that really stood out in this book was the way we Christians perceive people, based on their outward appearance. Though Leo had become a Christian and was living his life as close as possible to the way God wanted him to, no one trusted him in either the town or the church. Why? Because of the way he looked. Ouch! At the same time, Leo displayed a very humble, forgiving spirit—a very good role model. And, I’m planning to read the next book; there was one character that I’m really wondering about and hope to learn more about in the next book of the Agency Files series.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults
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Book Depository: Paperback
Keywords: Gangs, Mystery