Book Review,  Contemporary Fiction

The Record Keeper by Charles Martin


I admit it. I had a severe book hangover with this book, as I do with all of Charles Martin’s books. This man is a genius and the conclusion to this trilogy was no different.

This trilogy is a collection of books that are by no means fluff and giggles. They cut to the heart of the matter. Murphy Shepherd and his mentor, Bones are compelling, gritty characters that take us on a journey of courage and hope.

These books address the hard truths of human trafficking and essentially the battle for redemption. The idea that leaving the 99 to go rescue the one is always worth it.

I could not turn the pages fast enough to get the conclusion. No spoilers, but it ended the way it always meant to.

Highly recommended trilogy, start at book 1! (The Letter Keeper) You won’t regret it.


An advance copy of the book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley. My opinion is my own.

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“Because you’re worth rescue.”

Murphy Shepherd’s last rescue mission very nearly cost him his life. He’d like nothing more than to stay close to his wife and daughters for a while. But Bones’s brother must be stopped, and there are so many who still need to know they are worth rescuing.

As the cat-and-mouse game moves into the open, Murphy is tested at every turn—both physically and mentally. Then the unthinkable happens: his beloved mentor and friend is taken. Gone without a trace.

Murphy lives by the mantra that love always shows up. But how can he rescue Bones when he has no leads?

With heart-stopping clarity, The Record Keeper explores the true cost of leaving the ninety-nine to find the one.

  • Full-length novel
  • One of the Murphy Shepherd novels:
    • Book One: The Water Keeper
    • Book Two: The Letter Keeper
    • Book Three: The Record Keeper



CHARLES MARTIN is a New York Times bestselling author of 16 previous novels, including his most recent, ‘The Record Keeper.’ His work is available in 35+ languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and their three sons.

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Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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