(If you’re looking for a normally witty, or thought-provoking post…those will come, I’m behind on reviews….)
The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is a Biblical fiction novel set in Jerusalem during the last week of Jesus life on earth.
Mouse has a secret. A big secret. And it’s more than just being a pick-pocket in Jerusalem. It’s not really what you might think. Mouse’s family is a little more than a little dysfunctional. Her father gambles, her mother is an alcoholic and her brother is blind.
Things start to happen when he meets Jesus and receives his sight. Mouse promises over and over not to be a pickpocket again, yet over and over there is a sense of the need. Mostly to pay the rent and purchase food. Nearly caught, and chased through the streets of Jerusalem Mouse begins a life of constantly waiting for the capture.
And with the huge secret it is inevitable. You see, not even Mouse’s boss knows the truth about Mouse.
As far as Biblical fiction goes, this could be a nice story. But the author takes a few liberties with the Biblical account, and makes some changes to the story. I am not okay with this. One example of her changing the Biblical truth, in the gospels we read that the stone at Jesus tomb was rolled away. Remember the ladies came and were wondering who would roll it away for them because it was so heavy? In this fictionalized account, the stone was torn in two. Now, I do believe God is capable of doing that, but the fact is, He didn’t.
It is my opinion, if an author wants to write Biblical fiction, they should not change the Biblical account.
I give this book 1 out of 5 turning pages.
I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.