Reviews

“This is a great book about growing up and understanding that doing what you want is not always the best plan and that all choices require honest consideration, planning, and faith.”
— Melinda Hills, reviewer for Readers’ Favorite
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“I stayed up late at night to finish this book as I couldn’t wait to see what happened next… I recommended it for teen girls but older people will enjoy it as well.”
— Tia Hayden, reviewer on Amazon.
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“[Heckenkamp’s] plot is solid, and is very movie or television friendly…lots of action; pathos; conflict; glamour; etc. It’s all there, and Heckenkamp is a confident and sure writer. She has no trouble keeping all of her balls in the air and resolving them at the end of this page-turner with a flair. Her denouement is terrifying, exciting, and then whoosh…she brings in the romantic element with panache.

Past Suspicion is a terrific first mystery/novel from a very promising talent. It is a particularly compelling achievement considering Ms. Heckenkamp has her future ahead of her. Bravo!”
— The Midwest Book Review
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“I have every reason to envy author Therese Heckenkamp; it wasn’t until I’d finished the book that I found out she wrote it the summer before she started college. (Darn it, that’s what I wanted to do with this summer.) And what she tells is clearly a pre-college-summer kind of story. That’s not to say it’s juvenile, but there’s a sweetness to it that reminds you of 80s photographs. A bookstore, a diary, the scent of lilacs and a long-abandoned house figure prominently into the plot….”
Allie, blogging at This is the Forest of Arden
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“What I really appreciated about this book is its ability to be exciting without compromising decency. Though the book contains elements of crime, violence, and evil, it never goes overboard. It’s a definite accomplishment considering the plot revolves around two violent falls at a spooky mansion…. I recommend this one to readers age twelve and up who seek good, clean adventure tinged with romance and suspense. This is a story that will keep you flipping pages – or mashing Kindle keys.”
— Aravis Tarkheena, reviewer on Amazon.
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“Past Suspicion is a compelling story. I found myself eager to find out what would happen next and how the mystery would play out.”
— Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Senior Editor with Catholic Lane and author of Letters to Mary from a Young Mother.
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“This well-written Catholic Suspense Novel about Robin Finley, a 17-year old girl who has recently lost her mother, was indeed a page turner. I had a very hard time ever putting it down from the moment I began reading the first chapter! The plot is very interesting, as Robin tries to unravel the dangerous secrets of her mother’s past, yet at the same time believable. It has an excellent cast of well-defined characters, is filled with all sorts of twists and turns, and even has bits of Catholicism woven throughout the story. I highly recommend this book to all young adults (and adults!) that enjoy reading mysteries.”
— Shower of Roses
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“Past Suspicion is a novel that I have read many times over, and I don’t do that with many books! I love the “coming-of-age” feel the story has as we enter the changing world of a teenage girl. Though the main character “Robin” is only 17, the book does not suffer from simplicity. In fact, as Robin becomes involved with two different young men in a small town in Wisconsin, she grows, changes, and ultimately learns valuable lessons about her family, her world, and herself. “Past Suspicion” is most definitely a Romantic Suspense novel, but it is also much more.”
— Monica Eckert, reviewer on Amazon
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“Heckenkamp is a solid, engaging writer who has created well-developed characters and interesting plot lines. This is impressive considering that she began writing this novel as a teenager, finishing it by the time she was 22. Catholicism was skillfully woven into the story; it wasn’t preachy or over the top.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for an interesting, engaging read with a cast of well-defined characters. I look forward to the author’s future novels!”
— Ellen Gable, author of Stealing Jenny, In Name Only, and Emily’s Hope.
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“[Heckenkamp] has crafted a marvelous story with layers and depth. Her characters are richly drawn and intriguing. Past Suspicion is a page-turner, and Heckenkamp is an author to be reckoned with. I expect to see her work in the future and suspect that she has a long and successful career in front of her.”
— Nancy Mehl, best-selling Christian author.
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“Past Suspicion is billed as a suspense for young adult readers, yet . . . would be welcome by older fans of thrillers as well . . . a remarkable debut.”
— Kathryn Lively, author of Little Flowers and Saints Preserve Us.
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“The book was a page turner. I was quickly drawn into the story and it was hard to put down. Although the heroine is a teen, adults will enjoy this book. I did. The characters were realistic, interesting and well-developed. The plot was engaging and intriguing. I enjoyed Therese’s writing style and would definitely recommend her book.”
— Simple Catholic Living
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“Past Suspicion is a riveting mystery that will keep readers turning pages. An outstanding effort by a first-time novelist!”
— Regina Doman, author of The Shadow of the Bear and other Catholic novels for teens.

“Ms. Heckenkamp has managed to not only write an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but also a clean, respectful love story that will have you staying up way too late to finish it.”
— Abigail C. Reimel, A Catholic Teen’s Perspective.
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“Past Suspicion is suitable for readers 12 and up and can hold the attention of readers through age 100. I found this novel refreshing and commend Ms. Heckenkamp for not sullying the story with profanity.”
— E. Dian Moore, Christian Freelance Writer and Editor.
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“Though the story evolves well and comes to a satisfying climax and conclusion, the real appeal of this book is the character study. The first person narrative is smooth and plausible. . . . Robin is bright, funny, sad, inquisitive and sometimes, scared, but above all, she is authentic. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. . . . Robin Finley is both likeable and complex and the story is creative and cohesive, but the writing itself. . . is outstanding! Good stories aren’t too hard to find, but a good writer, now that’s a treasure! I salute Ms. Heckenkamp and look forward to her next work.”
— Val Bianco, author of Sons of Cain
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“The book’s heroine, Robin, loves reading Victoria Holt novels, and while I haven’t read Holt in years, I felt like I was reading one of her novels as I read this book. The story is well developed and the characters are believable.”
— MamaBear, reviewer on Amazon
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“Despite my preference for non-fiction, this book offers a suspenseful and interesting story. The entire book was written well – alternating between past and present. I do recommend this book to anyone 12 and up.”
— A Catholic Life
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“[Heckenkamp] captures the torn emotions of the main character and the rising sense of danger very adeptly.”
Margot Davidson, reviewer for love2learn.net
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