Delilah: Treacherous Beauty

DelilahAuthor: Angela Hunt

Series: Dangerous Beauty

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Why did Delilah betray Samson? As always, the story is more than just skin deep.

Samson and Delilah’s story is very well known from text in the Bible in the book of Judges. However, we only know the story of Delilah as a woman in the valley of Sorek and the story is primarily based on Delilah’s betrayal of Samson to the Philistines.  But why did she betray Samson if he loved her?  The story in the Bible is about Samson the judge.  It follows his story from birth until death, but we only get a glimpse of Delilah and it is dedicated to treachery.  So, what is her story?  What motivated her to perform this act so famously known?

One of the greatest attributes to the writing of Angela Hunt is that she does such a great job of researching her main characters and the time period that the story is set in. Delilah is no exception.  Told in alternating first person views of Samson and Delilah, the story really comes to life.  Delilah’s story begins when she is seventeen and is brought from Egypt to Gaza with her mother in their new life with her stepfather and stepbrother.  Hunt really brings events to light that help the reader relate to her characters as well as help understand the motivation behind their actions.  She also humanizes her characters and does a great job in both Samson and Delilah.  Samson is really brought more in a human role than as a super strong man that he is known for.  The frustration and loneliness that he must have faced is portrayed very well throughout the entire book.  Even the repentance of his actions and his understanding of Delilah’s portrayal really showed.

All of the high points of the story are included from either point of view or sometimes form both, which is really neat. Some other stories from the Bible are reference accurately from other characters that also help explain the current time setting and customs of different tribes.  As I said earlier, Hunt always does a great job of research and also makes me go read and reread the stories that she is interpreting.  This concludes the third book in the series and I hope the fourth is not far behind!

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