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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Wow! When you pick up Mindy S. Halleck’s debut novel, Return to Sender, be sure you have enough time to devote to it, because you won’t want to put it down! A gorgeous read featuring our protagonist, Theo Riley, a Catholic priest wrestling with demons from his past as his life spirals to a very dark place. Drinking too much, dealing with his guilt over the outcomes of the Korean orphans he encountered during the war, haunted by the legacy of a dark family secret, and grieving the loss of his true love, Andréa, he struggles with his duties as a prison minister. When a sweet little girl arrives on his doorstep, love returns to his life, and a serial killer madman arrives, putting all he loves at risk. Theo must make decisions that could lead to his redemption or to his ultimate demise.
Return to Sender was what I would truly bill as an epic read. Touching on issues of wartime trauma, PTSD, spirituality and religion, and grief and redemption, this wonderful book has something for everyone. It’s hard to believe that it was written by a new novelist as its breadth and scope are so wide and vast. Mindy S. Halleck’s writing style is emotionally driven, complex and intriguing. Return to Sender would appeal to any reader who enjoys an exciting, emotion-filled tale. Her book will keep you on the edge of your seat, rooting for our hero, Theo, and hopeful for the best for all the characters that you come to love. I will be eagerly waiting for the next work from this promising author.