"The Visitation" by Frank Peretti is a new genre for me -- a spiritual/supernatural thriller. I chose this particular book because Peretti has long been named as one of the great writers in the genre and the fact this book didn't seem as scary as some of his others.
Synopsis: Travis Jordan is an ex-pastor for the local Missionary Pentecostal Church trying to keep a low profile among the town folk of Antioch, a rural farming community. News travels fast in the town as individuals begin witnessing signs of the Messiah's return by seeing prophetic angels as others are being healed miraculously from a crying crucifix. Travis along with a couple of other religious leaders feel something else is a work besides God when a local ranch hand starts healing people and proclaiming to be Jesus. As the town becomes a mecca for religious zealots and those seeking healing from across the country, Travis must expose the truth before everything ends in disaster.
I enjoyed the story immensely, and the characters were very fascinating. However, at times I became lost as to who was who since so many characters played a part in the story. A lot of story and character building took place for the first third if not half of the book, which made for a bit of a slow start. But, hang on because the pace picks up, and you won't be able to put the book down. It did have some horrific scenes, mostly toward the end of the book. It scared me somewhat but not enough to keep from recommending the book. I will not be seeing the movie, however. Peretti has a gift of telling a good story.
I'm back to a good ole' love story next, "A Bride Most Begrudging" by Deeanne Gist.