The Journey's End

Christian - Thriller
172 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2021
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Author Biography

Victoria Olasegha is a psychiatrist who is passionate about weaving stories that help others enrich their relationships but also draws them into a closer relationship with God. She is a passionate mental health advocate and this reflects in her writing. She draws on her own experiences and the experiences of others to create rich, empowering and relatable stories. When she is not working with people or writing or thinking of what next to write, she makes her home in Manchester with her family, where she is a wife and mother.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Journey's End by Victoria Olasegha is an absorbing and inspirational story with strong religious themes and an excellent exploration of family dynamics and the role of faith in times of crisis. Brian is a spoiled kid, living comfortably and having everything he wants. When his father offers him a new plane, he decides it is time to go on a trip to Brazil with his friends. With him are Craig and his new girlfriend, Tess, and Rachel. These teenagers have different gifts and each of them is unique in their backgrounds, personalities, and social dispositions. When a trip that was supposed to take them to Brazil lands them in a mysterious place with ever-changing landscapes and no hope of escape, they begin to rethink their adventure and life. Meanwhile, back home, their parents and loved ones seek answers. Those answers are what make this book an exceptional story.

Victoria Olasegha’s story of faith, love, and hope is one that clearly demonstrates how adversity can help young characters grow and how the experience of loss can also become an instrument for families to strengthen the bonds between each other and with God. The plot is clever and the shifts in scenes carefully crafted to create suspense. One moment the reader is following the young characters navigating an unknown world filled with danger, then the next moment they are with the parents as they ponder the faith of their children and nourish their faith in God. The writing is gorgeous and the short chapters make the reading experience even more satisfying. The character development is impeccable. One of the things readers will adore in The Journey's End is the wisdom contained in the book, the insightful thoughts, and the dialogues characteristic of the drama that punctuates this cleverly plotted story.

K.C. Finn

The Journey’s End is a work of fiction in the Christian thriller sub-genre. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was written by author Victoria Olasegha. The book follows four young people as they have their lives changed forever by an unforgettable adventure. Brian is brilliant but born lucky with a life plan leading from his teens to his retirement; Craig is a happy go lucky sort of guy who keeps life simple and stress-free; Tess is fiercely independent and lives her life wild and loud, and Rachel is preparing to rebel against the life her mother has set out for her. But all four are about to have their worlds flipped upside down.

The Journey’s End is an action-packed Christian thriller novel that follows Brian, Craig, Tess, and Rachel as they embark on a life-changing journey. I felt all the characters had their own unique voice, quirks, and flaws, which added greater depth and believability to the story. Victoria Olasegha is a masterful story crafter, delivering an engaging and suspenseful narrative that is sure to keep you gripped from the very first page. The attention to detail is second to none, giving us a clear and vivid description of the world in which the novel is set. This story is an emotional ride for both the characters and the reader in the best way possible, allowing you to empathize and connect with how the characters are feeling. The story can be gritty in places, but the overall message is one of strength. I would not hesitate to recommend The Journey’s End to fans of thriller novels and multifaceted characters.

Divine Zape

In The Journey's End by Victoria Olasegha, readers encounter a slew of young characters with different backgrounds confronted with the worse trial of their life. Brian is a privileged kid who has everything served to him on a silver platter. In fact, when we meet him, he is excited about the new small plane his father has given him. Craig has been his best friend, even if things haven’t always been smooth between the two of them. Craig is a carefree kind of person who takes life as it comes. Tess is a spirited young girl who does what she wants, how she wants, and wherever she wants; she is Craig’s new girlfriend. Rachel is intelligent and kind but within her calm demeanor throbs a questing soul. An exciting adventure to Brazil turns into a nightmare when these characters find themselves lost in a strange land with ever-changing landscapes and innumerable dangers. Can they make it back home?

A very imaginative tale of adventure, love, and faith with strong lessons about God, relationships, and our ultimate purpose. The kids have left loved ones behind for an adventure in Brazil and then as the days go by, Francis, Donna, Kevin, Sally, and others hear nothing about them. Their despair and anxiety are brilliantly written. The fear of never seeing the kids again draws them toward God in inscrutable ways. Victoria Olasegha does a wonderful job in capturing the emotions of the parents as they consider possibilities and what the disappearance of the teens could mean. There are many inspirational moments and insightful passages in this book. This is an engrossing story told in a voice that is both engaging and meditative, pulling the reader into a world filled with religious symbolism and exploring some of the finest sentiments of humanity. The Journey's End is well-paced, filled with drama, and a tension that builds up to a revelatory, exciting denouement. At the end of the story no character is anything close to what they were at the beginning, and so is the reader. It is suspenseful, inspiring, and littered with spiritual insights.