In recent years I haven’t been much of a fiction reader anymore. I read so much literature with the kids that I tend to gravitate toward non-fiction for my personal reading. I’ve had several novels on my “to-review” shelf that publishers have sent me and I finally decided to dive into one.
Secret of the Shroud by Pamela Ewen looked interesting to me. I’ve found the Shroud of Turin intriguing for a long time, since I read several books and wrote a paper on it years ago. This novel uses the Shroud as the catalyst for a confrontation between truth and relativism in the life of a corrupt clergyman named Wesley Bright.
Wesley is a bitter man, determined to destroy traditional Christianity since he felt abandoned by it after a tragedy in his childhood. As a public figure, his viewpoint about the Shroud is in demand when it goes on display in New York City. While attempting to brush up on his knowledge about it in order to discredit it, the information he and his assistant learn makes him more and more uncomfortable.
I found the first half of the book a little bit slow moving, but I enjoyed the way the scientific and historical facts about the Shroud were woven in later in the book. In my final analysis, I’d say I found the book entertaining but not compelling. The writing was decent but not fantastic. If you enjoy historical suspense novels in the spirit of The Da Vinci Code (but from a Christian perspective) or if you’re interested in the Shroud and other Christian relics, you’ll probably find it a fairly enjoyable read.