Read The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman Online


Work has become Police Chief Brill Jessup's favorite distraction from trying to forgive her husband's infidelity. But when seven people in her town go missing, her tireless investigation threatens her family and she's forced to confront the real enemy....

Title : The Real Enemy
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781434767868
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Real Enemy Reviews

  • rjp316
    2019-03-19 19:54

    This book was hard to put down – why are all these people disappearing? However that said I really did not like this book – the person who committed the crimes was not a character in the book rather someone who only showed up as a suspect. So you could not figure out who committed the crimes because you did not even know the person existed – however one of the accomplices was introduced towards the end of the book and you knew immediately he was involved so pretty weak story/mystery I thought.The plot in the book regarding Brill (wife) and her husband Kurt and their marriage problems after Kurt had an affair was handled pretty well – it does affect the whole family and it does take a while to resolve. Good story about forgiveness and bitterness. However where was the resolution really – seemed like the last chapter was “ok crime solved – everyone safe – marriage is fine”. In real life it does not happen with a turn of a page.

  • Danny McSpadden
    2019-03-26 18:14

    Just keeps getting better😇It's amazing someone can weave mystery suspense heartbreak love loneliness sin sorrow into such a riveting story. I didn't want to put this one down and bought the next one before I even finished this one. The way her characters are so real in the failings and victories had me hooked and is one of the things she does so well it's hard to describe.

  • Olivia
    2019-03-26 01:17

    Wow, I began this book thinking it would just be another good book to read. No, this book was amazing. It has been far to long since I have read a favorite book, but this one made the cut. The suspense kept me enthralled, and the Jessup family situation, to keep from spoilers, was touching, raw, and captivating.

  • Karen
    2019-03-31 02:13

    I loved this book. I did only give it 4 because it was slightly hard to believe, but was also hard to not put aside and stop reading.

  • Kit Donner
    2019-04-17 22:15

    Racist in part against LatinosEnjoyed enough parts of the story to keep me reading to the end. But somehow all the bad guys seemed to be drug dealing Latinos in a small town in Tennessee. Possible of course, but unnecessary. Unfortunately many gangs do have members of just one nationality since there is enough bigotry that it is unwise to trust people who are not of the same nationality. But there are white gangs all over this country too. So there was no necessity to make the gang Latinos.

  • Sarita
    2019-04-20 00:54

    After completing this book I'm sitting with the problem of an ever growing to read list, as I have now found another great suspense author!The suspense plot was quite interesting, not sure if it was plausible at all times but it made for a great read.I really enjoyed that the author's characters were flawed and made mistakes. Some times I did feel that the 9 year old were a bit "older" than what was said with the way she was portrayed or spoke about things.Looking forward to continue the series.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-09 22:04

    I was not able to read this word by word as Brill’s attitude towards her husband overpowered the whole story. 18 months?!? The crime story did not absorb me as I had hoped either. But on to book two. [And then the HEA (and I love those) was just too jarring.]

  • T.J.
    2019-03-22 00:15

    This was a wonderful story of second chances with a mystery to boot.

  • Pam
    2019-04-19 01:54

    Excellent book - unfortunately now need to wait for Book 2 of the Trilogy to become available. Already have book 3, but want to listen in sequence.

  • Nora St Laurent
    2019-03-29 18:55

    I’m so thankful to have received a review copy of this exciting, action packed, heart felt, thought provoking police drama. The Real Enemy is the first book in the Sophie Trace Trilogy, introducing Police Chief, Brill Jessup. Brill’s the first female police chief, in a new town, in a new house. She realizes she still has the same old problems. They’ve followed her there. She had to work really hard to get the men in this town to respect her, and realize she had police instincts they could trust. She left Memphis, Tennessee to escape her husband’s affair, hoping for a fresh start. Kurt is committed to the marriage and seeks forgiveness. Brill’s heart is closed to love from her husband. She would do her duty (she was good at that) and stick it out for their children’s sake, but she wasn’t going to forgive him. How could she? Brill’s police instincts kick in high gear when people start disappearing one by one, without a trace. Who will be next? This town is used to a man being in charge, which makes her work twice as hard. It takes a crisis for Brill to see that maybe she didn’t have it all together. Did she turn her back on God when her whole life was turned up-side down by the affair? Now her life was being turned up-side down again—only in a different way. What did she really believe when people’s lives were on the line and things get personal?This book made me appreciate our law enforcement team throughout this land. We take for granted all the things they do to help us feel safe during the day and night. Kathy Herman gives you a peak at what life might look like for the family of the Police Chief. The Police Chief brings a different type of work home with her. I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book in this series, The Last Word.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentThe Book Club Network www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network www.psalm516.blogspot.comBook Fun Magazine

  • Beckie Burnham
    2019-03-28 19:55

    Kathy Herman has been a long time favorite of mine. She combines great characters with real life struggles and page-turning mysteries to produce great novels. She always includes a faith message that speaks to readers as well. The Real Enemy is the first book in her Sophie Trace Trilogy. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to more with the Jessup family in the quaint town set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.Brill Jessup is the new police chief of Sophie Trace. Her family is attempting a new start, but past regrets, betrayals and bitterness keep them from truly moving on. Brill’s husband, Kurt, was unfaithful and it is this that has impacted the whole family. Unwilling to forgive, Brill immerses herself in her work, which following mysterious abductions and increased gang activity, has gotten harder and more complicated.Herman does a good job of balancing the family drama with a good mystery. Both story lines kept this reader interested. Herman explores the damage that is done to the whole family when just one strays from God’s law. The mystery of the missing people makes way for the town legend of the Red Shadows adding an interesting look into the history of the early settlers and Native Americans of the Smokies. I also liked that Herman introduces supporting characters that add color to the small community. Nick’s restaurant is the hub for town gossip and serves as a means for the main characters and the reader to gauge the pulse of the town.I listened to The Real Enemy on my morning walks. The reading was well done — a great pace that made my exercise fly by. So if you are looking for a mystery with some depth and spiritual truth in the mix, check out The Real Enemy.RecommendedAudience: Adults

  • Veronica
    2019-04-02 21:07

    This is the first in a trilogy about Brill, a police chief in a small town in Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. She and her husband have 3 children, two in college and a 9-year-old. They moved to the town of Sophie Trace from Memphis a month ago, and their quiet life is interrupted when people start to get kidnapped. They're all ages and races with no connection to speak of and no evidence is left at the scene, so Brill calls in David, someone's she worked with in the past from the FBI. Brill has her hands full with the kidnappings, gangs, a dead body, rumors of Cherokee ghosts behind it all, and pressure from the mayor to solve everything now.On the home front, she's still reeling 18 months after finding out her husband, Kurt, cheated on her. They are staying together for Emily, their youngest, but she doesn't want to forgive and can't believe that she could ever trust him again. While Brill and Kurt are Christians, Kurt has repented and is actively trying to win his wife back, while Brill is stuck in her bitterness and anger.My mom likes Kathy Herman's books and has read them all. She recommended Herman's next series especially that features one of the daughters, but I couldn't read that without reading this first. I like to read things in order even if it's just characters mentioned because I like to have the back story. Read the rest of the review at

  • ChrisGA
    2019-04-20 00:02

    This is a very suspenseful Christian thriller. Brill has to adjust to a new job as police chief in a small town while tracking down kidnappers who make multiple people disappear. She also must stop a gang from taking hold in her town. As anxiety and superstition spreads through the town, she and the reader are reminded that every criminal was somebody's baby and his crime affects the rest of his family and the victims'. At home, she is dealing with a husband whose affair caused her to be bitter and unforgiving and her own children who suffer from the parents' estrangement. Kurt is an interesting example of doing good in the face of anger and hostility, and Brill demonstrates the personal and interpersonal harm that comes from an unforgiving heart. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline.

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-06 17:59

    Brill is short for "Brillant" because that is what she is when it comes to solving cases for the detective team that she was on in Memphis. Now she is headed to Sophie Trace TN, where she will become the chief of police, but what should have been a more relaxing job becomes stressful before she even settles in with people disappearing. There isn't any commomness within the people being taken so who is taking them is it the red shadows that are coming to take back the land that was taken from them long ago or is there a new gang coming into the area. Seven is the number. Brill and her husband are also trying to work past his betrayal of thier marriage vows. Can Brill find it in herself to forgive and move on and put her family life back together for herself as well as her 9 year old daughter Emily?

  • Nichole
    2019-03-25 18:06

    Terrific book!I love the suspense, but even more, I love that the characters are flawed. It make the novel REAL. The pain the main characters experience is so real, it drew me into it even if it's not something I have personally experienced. When David kissed Brill, I thought for sure she would give in to the temptation just for spite. I think she was much stronger than I would be under those circumstances. And it made me like her more, even as she held onto her bitterness. Also, there are plenty of female police chiefs out there, but it was really nice to get a perspective of what it's like in the harsh circumstances female cops, especially Chiefs, have to go through. I very much enjoyed this page-turner and look forward to more! Thank you Kathy Herman! I love your writing style! Very easy to read and deep enough to feel like I was part of the story!

  • Nichole
    2019-03-21 21:17

    I love the suspense, but even more, I love that the characters are flawed. It make the novel REAL. The pain the main characters experience is so real, it drew me into it even if it's not something I have personally experienced. When David kissed Brill, I thought for sure she would give in to the temptation just for spite. I think she was much stronger than I would be under those circumstances. And it made me like her more, even as she held onto her bitterness. Also, there are plenty of female police chiefs out there, but it was really nice to get a perspective of what it's like in the harsh circumstances female cops, especially Chiefs, have to go through. I very much enjoyed this page-turner and look forward to more! Thank you Kathy Herman! I love your writing style! Very easy to read and deep enough to feel like I was part of the story!

  • Janna
    2019-04-12 02:00

    This is a great mystery / suspense book that kept me guessing for awhile. We have a "family" that moves to a new town so mom can be the new police chief. Mom and Dad are living together but separately just so they can raise their daughter as a couple. Dad cheated on Mom and almost ruined thier marriage. Can they live in peace? Now that Mom is on the force, crazy stuff starts happening... people start disappearing without a trace. Are they alive, dead, kidnapped??? Locals believe that an old legend has come to life and is taking vengence on those in town. What's happening and can Mom stop it? Can Dad save the marriage? Can Mom figure out who the "Real Enemy" is? Well written with just the right amount of tension, mystery and resolution.

  • L
    2019-04-18 23:21

    This author lives in Tyler, TX, and chose the Great Smoky Mountain area as the setting for this suspense novel. The main character is the sheriff of a small town, having moved there from Memphis after here husband was unfaithful. She is charged with not only dealing with here hurt heart, but also solving the disappearance of seven people from the town on seven consecutive days. A really good plot and kept my interest to the end, without the harsh language often found in novels dealing with police investigations. It is the first book of the Sophie Trace Trilogy...I plan to find the next two, The Right Call and The Last Word.

  • Leanne
    2019-03-31 21:54

    The Real Enemy takes place in Sophie Trace, Tennessee, with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop. Superstitious legends come into play whenever a crime cannot be solved and Brill Jessup, the new Chief of Police is called into action practically before her bags are unpacked. Several people disappear in a matter of days and she is determined to find the perpetrator and dispel the silly legends. She is also in the middle of a troubled marriage and her family is falling apart. Enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-08 00:16

    Another well-written suspense that I have recently enjoyed! This story centers around forgiveness and the bitterness that we tend to hang on to when we have been wronged. How, when we don't let go of that bitterness and turn it over to God, it festers and ferments inside us ... and healing cannot take place until we clean it all out and let the Father do His work within us. Wonderful reminders about how the Lord repeatedly forgives us woven througout this books - and a great mystery that needs to be solved as well!

  • Vondraya
    2019-03-19 18:54

    The author deftly gets into the pain of the female police chief's life due to her husband's recent infidelity. The chief throws herself into her job to hide and recover from that pain. This is the part the author does well. Then there are a series of disappearances and kidnaps in the town. It wasn't the kind of mystery where you can logically follow the clues and I'm a traditionalist. I want to be able to follow the clues.

  • Marcia
    2019-04-16 20:20

    Great readI'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Kathy Herman's novels. She keeps you reading because you get involved in the story line and want to smack the main character for her lack compassion and forgiveness, while realizing we all do hold onto unforgiveness many times in our lives.

  • Judy
    2019-03-26 17:57

    Good mystery -- 7 people missing over 7 days and new-in-town female chief of police must find them, at the same time she is unwilling to forgive her husband for a one-night stand -- they stay together for theh sake of their youngest child but her family life is in tatters. The evolution of the story is good!

  • Cathy
    2019-03-21 18:58

    A: A new police series I picked up by chance. There's a small underlying religious theme running through, but not the main focus; just the perfect complement. Brill is the head of a small town police department and deals with a serial kidnapping, local folklore and marital issues. She eventually learns the real enemy in most of the situations is bitterness and anger.

  • Aria
    2019-04-06 00:16

    This book was better than I thought it would be. At times when I thought the book would slow down in pace, a new twist in the plot would occur and I would be pulled into the story again. The main character, Brill, annoyed me at times when she was so stubborn. Overall though, the characters seemed real and life-like. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Anita Hammond
    2019-03-29 01:11

    I enjoyed this book. Brill has a lot on her plate; police chief in a new town, lots of disappearances and a marriage that is falling apart. I especially liked it because there was no foul language or sexual scenes or innuendos.

  • NancyInWI
    2019-03-27 23:03

    Started out a real page turner, but went downhill and dragged about 2/3 of the way through. Some of the dialog seemed stilted. There was also some repetitious writing. Overall, I did like the story though and may try the second book in the series.

  • Donna
    2019-03-30 18:54

    Disappointed in the ending. When the "who" of the whodunit was revealed, I go, huh? Who is that? I like plot twists in my suspense books, but this book didn't have any. Just a straightforward cop story, which might be fine for some.

  • Melissa Ferris
    2019-04-01 01:09

    It was really slow numerous times and I honestly got tired of the storyline between the husband and wife. I was really disappointed with this book and it took me a long Tim to finish it. I also thought the ending was really poor.

  • JoAnn
    2019-03-22 19:13

    This was a great book, and a great start to this series. I really enjoyed the characters, and the struggles they both went through because of the husbands infidelity. I really enjoy how Kathy writes about marriages, and struggles that happen in them. I would recommend this book.