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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Hoax is an intriguing work of dramatic and mysterious fiction on Christian themes, and was penned by author James John Suminski with the subtitle: ‘A Child Raised from the Dead! Deception or Miracle?’ Our tale centers around the plucky exploits of young reporter Drew Johnson, who is handed the task of debunking rumors about a nine-year-old boy who seems to have returned from the dead. But on arriving in town and talking to the locals, the events surrounding the little boy’s death, and rebirth, point towards something much more frightening than a hoax could ever be. The local pastor holds the answers, but to get them, Drew will find his own soul drawn into the bargain.
Deeply psychological, supernatural and religious in its conception, The Hoax is a novel which plays with themes and creates something really new and exciting where the lines blur between them. Drew is an excellent foil for the action, displaying all his naïve charms and suggesting, at first, that he knows how the world works. So when he meets pastor Daniel Fisher, and things begin to unravel, wonderfully genuine fear is created for Drew’s future. It’s easy to root for him to figure out the truth, and the plot is well constructed so that we can’t actually guess the truth of the matter until the very end of the tale. Overall, author James John Suminski has done a wonderful job of bringing suspense and excitement into Christian mystery fiction, and I’d definitely recommend The Hoax as your next mystery read.