Bob and Juliet Cole have just finished helping Holly, Juliet's sister, move house when Bob is murdered as they return their U-Haul. It soon becomes apparent that this is more than a standard drive-by shooting, as Bob's computer reveals a lot of information Juliet never knew about him and the investigation is handed over to the FBI.
Distortion is the sequel to Truth-Stained Lies, which featured Cathy and Jay (Juliet's sister and brother) working with Michael, a local PI, to solve the murder of Jay's wife. Now Michael and Cathy are working with Juliet and Holly to find out the details of Bob's secret life. However, it's not necessary to have read Truth-Stained Lies before this, as Distortion works well as a standalone novel.
It's a cross between a mystery and a thriller, in that the first half of the story is about finding the murderer and discovering Bob's secrets, while the second half adds more suspense by introducing new viewpoint characters _ and a link back to Truth-Stained Lies. It's well-written, tightly plotted with solid and interesting characters, and plenty of suspense. Recommended for suspense fans.
Thanks to Zondervan and Litfuse Publicity for providing a free ebook for review.
I love Terri Blackstock books. I have never read one I haven't enjoyed so I was excited to get my hands on the new one. Distortion is part of the Moonlighter's series. Truth Stained Lies was book 1 and it was great, Distortion is even better! This was a real page turner, one that keeps you guessing, and reading. I was carrying this book around with me all over the house so I could read a page or 2 any time I had a spare minute to spare. This fast paced, keep you guessing thriller was a great read and would be perfect for Spring break or Summer reading (Summer isn't to far away really when you think about it!). Grab a copy and you will be so glad you did! What this family has been through before and now is just more then most families could take. They are strong and close knit and have a strong faith in God that he will get them through this. This families motto should be "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger". They will have to pull out all the stops to not only unravel the mystery behind her husbands murder but to save themselves in the end. That is all I'm going to say since I don't want to give away any spoilers. So go grab it from your library or bookstore.
thank you BookLook and Zondervan for sending me a copy of Distortion for review. While I received the book for free it in no way influenced my review.
The summary sounded like my kind of book; quick-packed and action packed with never a dull moment. Just the way I like my books.
I liked the story line; woman discovered the man she was married to was virtually a stranger. She had no idea what he had been involved in or even how her worst suspicions were possible. Not only does this happen in today's world, it happens all too often.
I personally loved that this family had to take things into their own hands, rather than depend upon the police department and FBI. After all, how do we really know who to trust? And when their methods are slowed or stalled, I would not blame anyone for doing what they had to do to protect their family.
The dead man's ability to maintain the type of "empire" he manipulated was a bit unlikely, but it did not interfere with my enjoyment of the read. In retrospect, I'd like to believe and maintain that it would be difficult to play out quite like that in real life.
I loved that the villainous woman was the type you instantly hated and after leaving her baby unattended in a hot car, you wanted the baby taken away from her. She cared more about money than her baby. Unfortunately, this also happens too often in today's world.
The author included discussion questions for book club use, which could lead to some interesting discussions.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others even though it did not leave me with that "oh that was such a good book feeling".
Juliet's life is plunged into a nightmare the night her husband is murdered. Juliet soon discovers the secret life her husband has been leading and it puts her and her two sons in danger.
Juliet and her sisters put to use the skills that Michael has taught them in his private detective business while following leads to Juliet's husband's murder.
This is the second book in the Moonlighters series and continues with some of the characters in the first book Truth-Stained Lies. In Distortion Michael and Cathy are still trying to find the man who got away with murdering Joe, Michael's brother and Cathy's fiance. With all that they discover about Juliet's husband could it be possible that he had something to do with Joe's death?
If you love suspense as much as I do then you definitely need to pick up Terri Blackstock's books! From the opening pages to the very end Distortion had me captivated. I do recommend that you read Truth-Stained Lies first to get the introduction of all of the characters. Not only am I a fan of the suspense, but I also love how the author weaves in the faith aspect of her characters.
Secrets, scandals, lies, these are just the tip of the iceberg in Distortion. Juliet Cole thought she had the perfect family and the picture perfect life. That is until her husband was gunned down in front of her. Even before her husband was laid in the ground, his secret life starts to expose itself. From here, Distortion takes you on a journey with so many twists and turns. It will leaving you questioning, "Who can be trusted?"
Every chapter brought a new discovery to the story. I just ached for Juliet as she tries to morn her husband, even as new details about him surface and the secret life he lived, and still try to be there for her grieving sons. Juliet was an amazing character. Even though she would love to crawl into a hole and let all of these things pass her by, Juliet presses on because she knows it is what is right and it will keep her sons safe.
I had a hard time putting this story down. The characters were all wonderful. Each offered their own strengths to the story. No one character carried it and it was enjoyable to watch this mystery unfold from different perspectives, as new insights was brought in. I can't wait to see where these characters go from here.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.