Authors: Cindi Gale
Genre: Christian Fiction
Opening lines: ‘…We’d been out of school only half an hour…’
THREADBARE is a debut novel for author Cindi Gale and follows the lives of the Nyberg family from when the son, Lars, is accused of rape. Lars’s younger sister, Kirsten, relates the story which takes them from High School to adulthood. A solid Christian family, with a deep faith in God, the Nyberg’s are shattered and betrayed at every level by their friends, fellow Church members and general community. The story is based on injustice and suffering – and how people who are victims of injustice deal with it. Despite Lars’s innocence his defence is ignored and the verdict decided on by the community – even his eventual non-guilty verdict from the judge is dismissed. The family is treated as pariahs by association of Lars’s ‘sin’. The story then moves on and the reader is then told how the adult lives of Lars and Kirsten are affected by the events that occurred in their teens. The burden of rejection by, and isolation from, the support of their fellow church members and friends had repercussions on their psyche – the constant wear and tear on their sense of worth leaves them emotionally threadbare. In the end it is their faith that gets them through because it turns out that drama is not confined to their childhood. Spouse betrayal and a gravely sick child are more trials sent to Kirsten and she stands firm in her relationship with God and the hope that everything turns out in accordance to God’s will. Because ours is not to understand why but to hope in what will be. There are large sections in the story when Kirsten shares her thoughts, her wavering faith and the word of God that helps her to make sense of the events around her. There are a lot of lessons for the believer to learn from in the events in THREADBARE. I found it to be well written, but took me a while to get absorbed in the story – was a little disjointed at the start for me to settle into it straight away. Once it got going though I settled in happily and read it quite quickly. Cindi is a mum and qualified psychologist who works with children. I can’t help but feel she has used her knowledge and experience to produce this very insightful story and would happily read more of her work.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
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With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review