Heaven’s Prey

Heaven’s Prey
Series: Redemption's Edge, Book 1
Genre: Suspense
Tags: Christian fiction, Clean reads, Novels, Suspense
Publication Year: 2013, 2nd edition 2014
ISBN: 9780993874307

A grieving woman is abducted by a champion racing driver turned serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers for his salvation. Can Ruth trust God to work good, even if it costs her life?

About the Book


A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers.

Despite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the former race car driver who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t—or won’t—look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end—whatever the cost?

Heaven’s Prey is about a dangerous offender’s last chance at redemption and a vulnerable woman’s obedience to pray for her enemy—not the gentle inspirational read many associate with Christian fiction. The first edition of this novel was a finalist in the 2013 Word Awards (suspense category).

If you like issue-driven, faith-filled Christian suspense and you believe in the power of prayer and forgiveness, grab your copy of Heaven’s Prey today.

Meet the characters:

And read the prologue (not in the novel): Heaven’s Prey prologue.

Bonus feature: Ruth’s blueberry pie recipe.Blueberry pie recipe

Find Heaven’s Prey online: Goodreads, Shelfari, Pinterest.

Check out the Heaven’s Prey playlist: YouTube (music that complements the characters and theme)

Song list:

  • “Come Into His Kingdom,” by Sheila Walsh (I think of this as the Heaven’s Prey theme song)
  • “Here and Someday,” by Jonny Diaz (Ruth’s song for Susan)
  • “With Hope,” by Steven Curtis Chapman (Ruth’s sister Lorna’s song for Susan)
  • “Surrendering,” by Sheila Walsh (Ruth’s song for Tony)
  • “In Christ Alone,” sung in the playlist by Adrienne Liesching and Geoff Moore (an anchoring song for Ruth)
  • “Blessed Be Your Name,” by Matt Redman (an anchoring song for Ruth)
  • “Don’t Turn Your Back on Jesus,” by Sheila Walsh (with apologies for the techno-pop sound)
  • “Amazing Grace,” sung in the playlist by Susan Boyle
  • “To God Be the Glory,” sung in the playlist by the Royal Albert Hall Audience and Stage Choirs in 2012 (also a good theme song)

Goodreads reviews are at the bottom of the page.

Heaven's Prey (Redemption's Edge, #1)









"Readers are safe in the hands of this skillful writer as Janet Sketchley leads them, and her characters, through the heart of darkness and into the Light. A powerful debut novel."
"Heaven's Prey tells a story of intense emotion and trial. It pulls in elements of life that are hard and can't always be explained. Yet, it offers the one thing that the world desperately needs to face those trials—a hope in a God who carries us through. This story is fast-paced, heart pounding and inspiring."
"Though the subject matter is edgy, I appreciated Sketchley’s avoidance of gratuitous and disturbing description. What comes through in this bite-your-nails tale is the possibility of redemption. God, the tireless pursuer intent on capturing even the worst of sinners, is the real hero of this story. Discussion questions at the end of the book help readers debrief and make sense of what they’ve just lived through."
"Strong action with all the right beats to make this story a movie in the mind of the reader ... A story of faith in the face of darkness, of trust in a God we don’t always understand."
"I have never read a more profound message of forgiveness and God's unconditional love ... Heaven's Prey is an outstanding read for the bravest of hearts."
"Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down."
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