One ordinary day while helping her sister move, Juliet witnesses a man gunned down in a dark parking lot. That man is Bob, her husband of 15 years, and though at first she believes it is a random shooting, she quickly discovers that the attack was no random event but a planned attack on her husband. Juliet soon finds her own life threatened, and she fears for the safety of her children as well. Juliet and her sisters team up with PI Michael Hogan to discover the truth of just who exactly Bob was. Every clue she unearths reveals another layer of deception until Juliet doesn't even know what's real anymore - except that she'll do anything to keep her family safe.
Action-packed and featuring Blackstock's signature suspense, "Distortion" is a thrilling read from beginning to end. Readers who enjoyed the first novel in the Moonlight Series, entitled "Truth Stained Lies", will quickly become reaquainted with the characters they grew to care about in the first book, including the sisters Cathy, Juliet, and Holly. Blackstock does an admirable job at getting into her character's heads and minds, and as such I found myself grieving alongside Juliet and her children as not only do they have to deal with the loss of their husband and father, but they also have to choose to face a web of deceit that unfolds one layer at a time. By the time you put down this book, you may be looking at your own spouse askance and wondering if there are any secrets they are hiding from you! As with Blackstock's other books, I love that she makes no hesitation in celebrating faith with a clear, accessible gospel message, even in the midst of hypocrisy. Deep themes of betrayal are woven into the story alongside of the power of forgiveness, confession, and accepting the consequences of ones actions. As such, not only will "Distortion" provide you with an entertaining read, but you will find yourself taking a look at your own faith and wondering if you would be able to respond to the hard-ache with the strength that these characters do.
I will leave you with one warning - while much is resolved in this second story, you are left hanging wondering if ultimate justice will be visited upon the family. Like me, you will be eagerly waiting for the next installment! 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.
I have read a lot of Ms Blackstock's books, and again she leaves me wanting more. This one keeps you page turning right from the beginning to the end. Your heart in your throat!
Beginning with seeing your husband of 15 years murdered in front of you, a random act? We soon find a big tangled web. With two children to take care of Juliet Cole is in full Mom protective roll, and it is a good thing.
There is a lot of family trust and love here, we find them all rallying around Juliet. Of course Juliet and her sisters Cathy, and Holly are not only family, but trained Private Investigators.
There are so many surprises here, one after another, you will be shouting "No", and I did to no one!! How can such things happen, your world falls apart, and you never see it coming!
Through out the book we see God's hand there, and know that their faith is what they rely on. With so much danger, and greed. No value on human life, and even for small babies. UGH!!
If you love mystery and suspense, this book is for you, it is awesome!!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Terri Blackstock knows how to make me hold my breath! Even though this fast paced suspense novel kept me flipping pages, I found myself anxious to read even faster. What a good read! It kept my full attention, and I never suspected the ending.
I immediately connected with the character Juliet Cole. Poor woman; she witnesses her husband, Bob, murdered. She actually sees the killer! As the police investigate, her world continues to crash down around her as she copes with ever-growing ugly revelations about the husband she dearly loved and thought she knew. However, Juliet is a strong woman, and she dedicates herself to helping the police and the FBI solve this crime.
I especially enjoyed the part where Juliet wonders if Bob was a Christian. "Could he have been a Christian and still been involved in drug trafficking? Could he have truly loved God and still done something that would devastate so many lives?" (304)
Juliet Cole has been a stay-at-home mom for several years now and has her routine and life down pat, so she thinks. When the unthinkable happens and her husband is murdered right before her eyes, her whole life comes under scrutiny. Was the last 15 years of her life, married to her husband, a lie? What was she supposed to tell her children? Who would want to kill her husband, a well-liked surgeon? As Juliet is subjected to questioning by the police, her sisters and Michael Hogan, her boss, begin their own investigation into the murder.
Julie begins to learn more and more unbelievable stuff about the man she thought she knew and had shared a life with over the last 15 years. She is sickened by what she discovers, but she is determined to discover who killed her husband as they now are threatening her two young sons. She will do whatever she has to do in order to keep them safe. She helps Michael investigate an old enemy who might be connected to whoever killed her husband. Can she and her sisters and Michael figure out who is behind this crime ring? Can they finally arrest and put out of commission Michael's brother's killer?
This is another thrilling, suspense-filled winner from Terri Blackstock! I began this book today and finished today; it was that good. The short chapters helped to keep the tension ratcheted up and kept the story moving at a quick pace. There is an interesting plot with some unexpected twists. Readers get to be reunited with characters from the first book in the series, Truth-Stained Lies. There are definitely struggles with faith as various characters are faced with deception, kidnapping, murder and much more. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I can easily recommend this great action book!
Juliet Cole has spent most of her adult life as a devoted wife to a successful doctor and mother of two sons, but her world changes forever when she witnesses the murder of her husband of fifteen years. As she deals with the trauma of the loss and tries to make sense of what she believed was a random shooting, she discovers a threatening voicemail message on her deceased husband's phone, hinting that his death was in fact a planned execution, and that she and her sons could now be in danger as well.
Juliet turns to her family to help find answers as she finds herself the focus of questioning from the FBI as the details of her husband's secret life in the drug world come to light and the devastation of betrayal consumes her. As if this isn't enough, she must also fight to protect her family from an enemy who will stop at nothing to retrieve the drugs and money they believe she has.
This is the second book in Blackstock's Moonlighters Series and for me, was even better than the first. One thing I like about this author is how she builds the suspense even when we know who the bad guys are, bringing it to an exciting end with an element of surprise.
This book is of the Christian Fiction/Suspense genre and I appreciate that the references to faith fit in naturally with the characters while not being preachy or compromising, and in a way that would also appeal to non-Christians who just want a great suspense storyline. Blackstock also isn't afraid to be realistic with the characters and storyline, and doesn't hold back on addressing real issues. Sometimes difficult people remain flawed, good people get hurt and even die, and justice isn't always realized, but in the end the one thing that remains true is faith in God despite the challenges, which is as it should be.
Fans of a good suspense mystery will enjoy this series in general and this book in particular.
I received a copy of this book for review from the BookLook Blogger review program but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.