Missing Isaac

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Title:Missing Isaac

Author: Valerie Fraser Luesse

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2018

Format:n Paperback

Length: 341 pages


Missing Isaac grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. Luesse’s writing is smooth and reads quickly although not shallow in the least. Pete McLean’s father dies in an accident in the summer of 1962 and Isaac, a young black man who works for his dad, is the only one who attempts to save him. Black and white, their friendship grows into a strong relationship. Isaac means the world to Pete and when he goes missing, Pete is determined to find out what happened to his friend.

The story winds its way through six years. Six years where Pete meets Dovey, the girl of his dreams but from the wrong side of the tracks. We become literary friends with Pete’s mom, Dovey’s dad and a myriad of friends and relatives, most of whom we would like to have over for dinner–but not all, there are the malicious few. And finally, we discover the end that Isaac came to and who brought it about.

The story line and the Christian world view in Missing Isaac are compelling, but it is the characters that drive this tale. Characters that the reader would like to have walk off the pages and into their living room. Highly recommended.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Fans of Christian fiction

Christian Impact

Standing firm in your convictions, following through, standing for Christ, all these are very visible in this book.

Other notes

Used by the kind permission of the Christian Library Journal.

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Missing Isaac

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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