A unique read with a triumphant ending: My book review of Snitch by Booker T. Mattison

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 1, 2011

Book Synopsis as provided by the publisher:

On the streets of Jersey City there is a simple code. You don't talk to the cops. You don't snitch. Period. But when bus driver Andre Bolden witnesses a crime on his route, he is compelled to make a choice. If he keeps silent, he might lose his job and be gnawed by his conscience. If he snitches, he could lose his family--even his life.


I found Snitch to be a unique read, and the world of Jersey City to be as foreign to read about as the plains of Africa. Snitch reads like a movie, with crisp scenes and a fast pace. It was not written in my favourite writing style, but I did find that the character of Andre is well-developed as he hits rock bottom and then gropes towards the Light, with a host of supporting cast who added spice and variety, such as former gangster-turned-pastor, "Rock", or the group of men who call themselves the "Realness". I particularly enjoyed the latter half of the book, where God's faithfulness shines despite the tragedy that hits. The closing scenes are triumphant and a celebration of what it means to be both a man and a warrior for God. I enjoyed peering into the black urban street life of Jersey City, glimpsing the dark underpinnings but also the hope of Christ shining in unexpected places.

I give this book a solid recommendation, and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.