The Blue Cloak: A Book Review

The Blue Cloak Book Cover“The Blue Cloak” by Shannon McNear is part of the True Colors Series. As my readers know, I am a big fan of this Christian historical fiction series. This book is incredible. I had never heard of the Harpe brothers before. They are considered America’s first serial killers. The author did a great job of portraying the heinous crimes committed without being too descriptive of them. I felt compelled to keep reading late into the night.

Compelling Characters

I was so impressed by the loyalty shown by various characters in “The Blue Cloak.” The only complaint I had was that the character who married one of the Harpe brothers should have had more fight in her. Beyond that, I loved the various character portrayals and how skillful the author of “The Blue Cloak” was at bringing the setting to life.

A Dark Blue Cloak

“The Blue Cloak” was a darker book than the other books that have been released so far in the True Colors Series. How could it not be, considering the subject matter? Yet, the author managed to make this a story that glorified Christ and the Church community. Another thing that the author did well was to balance the storylines of the main character, Rachael, and that of her best friend who was in the clutches of the Harpe brothers. There is romance, adventure, suspense, and true friendship. There is no vulgar language and the violence was kept “off of the page.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a clean romance with action and adventure. The fact that this is based on actual events makes it even better.

I give “The Blue Cloak” 5 Stars

Thank you to Net Galley and Barbour Books for providing me with an ARC of “The Blue Cloak” in exchange for an honest review.

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I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at

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5 thoughts on “The Blue Cloak: A Book Review”

  1. Wonderful review. I haven’t heard of a Christian-based serial killer book. That alone intrigues me.

    • Hi Jacqui, It was really interesting! The whole series is so well done, so I try to read them all as they come out. Have a great week!

  2. Fingers crossed that this comment will go through. (The last couple times my comments got marked as spam.)

    I wonder at someone who would marry a serial killer. I doubt they would have much fight in them. (I mean, obviously they wouldn’t know, but still.)

    • Hi Liz, I think that part of the problem for this character was the time in which she lived. She was sort of pushed into marriage and then when they went to his home for the first time after the wedding, she saw that things were not how she thought they would be–at all.

  3. Fingers crossed that this comment posts this time. I’ve tried to comment on the last three or so posts, and I keep getting a “This is a spam” message. Yes, “a spam”. Weird.

    I wouldn’t be surprised the wife of a serial killer doesn’t have much fight in her. I mean, I’m sure she didn’t know going in. But on some level she’d have to know.

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