FRIENDS AND FOES
This novel is aptly titled, as the two main characters are serious rivals who find common ground and work together. The authors do a great job of building the suspense from start to finish. And though the characters move from enemies to almost friends, the journey is not chronicled as a fairy tale; it’s realistic in its interpretation. The novel’s biggest issue is that it ends with a few lingering questions that may make it feel incomplete.
Rachel Adams and Jasmine Bush have made it plain to everyone that they do not like each other, and even their positions as first lady of their respective churches does not stop them from trading insults. When Jasmine is invited to come to Chicago to interview with Oprah, Rachel sneaks along and winds up stumbling upon the body of Pastor Earl Griffith. Once Rachel is accosted by both the police and some thugs involved in Earl’s drug business, Jasmine’s heart softens. They put their heads together to discover who killed Earl and who is trying to frame Rachel for his murder. (GALLERY, Feb., 288 pp., $15.00)