Book Review: Under the Red Spotlight

Under the Red Spotlight by Shawn King
Under the Red Spotlight 
by Shawn King

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


Tamryn is a slave in a circus, along with her aerialist partners, Torin and Patrick. They are beaten and starved, forced to perform for the cheering crowds, until one day Tamryn’s situation becomes desperate and Torin risks everything to help her escape. Separated from the only family she knows, Tamryn struggles to find a balance between survival and following her true heart. Torin vows to find a way to escape and be reunited with Tamryn, but the circus owner is ruthless and cruel. Escape seems impossible. In the middle of it all, Patrick seeks for comfort in the arms of Jessica, Tamryn’s replacement in their aerial act. Four young people searching for freedom, and they will only find it through knowing Christ.

I loved this book!!! I don’t know if it was the writing, the characters, or the dramatic plot… but this story pulled me in. There is so much action and running around and drama! Usually I don’t even like circus stories, but this one definitely captured my attention.
The characters each go through a lot of development as the story progresses. I especially love Torin’s storyline as he begins a dialogue with God and finds a place in God’s family. I love that Tamryn is an emotional character; even though her heart has been so damaged, she still feels and cares and has compassion.

I did not enjoy the violence in the book though. Those poor kids are beaten several times by the circus owner and it gets graphic sometimes. I think those parts could have been written with fewer details and still been powerful in the story. I don’t need the gory details! It’s too upsetting to read about.

One of the great things about this book is how the gospel of Christ is presented as a natural part of the story. It doesn’t feel preachy or forced. The characters each react in a different way and different time to the message of God, and it fuels the story and pushes the characters forward, influencing their decisions.
I love it!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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