Truth Stained Lies is Terri Blackstock's newest offering. When their brother Jay is accused of murdering his soon to be ex-wife to gain custody of the couple young son, blogger Cathy Cramer and her sisters Holly and Juliet set out to clear him. However soon the sisters find themselves in over their heads, so they enlist Michael, a family friend and ex police detective who is now a P.I.
I loved all the characters and the fact that they were so dysfunctional. That just made it all the more real for me because with each character there were certain things that I could relate to.
Cathy is angry and bitter with God after the death of her fiancee Joe (who was also Michael's brother) has turned that anger inward and is totally focused on her work to the exclusion of almost everything else.
Michael is living with a mountain of regret,yet he tries his best to hang onto faith in God. After trying to shortcut the process to bring his brothers killer to justice he is dismissed from the police force and is now getting by as a PI.
Holly who seemed to take their fathers abandonment of the family the hardest is the hard core party girl and now harbors a secret. As she struggles to decide the right thing to do, she begins to realize that God has not left her at all. With the support of her family she begins to reconnect with them and God.
Juliet who has married and has two children and has found her healing within a new church. She seemed to be the most stable of the three girls, but she still had issues that she seemed to be working out. She just did it in a more productive "christian" way.
Maybe I read way to many mysteries, but I figured out who the killer was fairly early on, but that did not hinder me from staying up all night to finish the book. There was much more that I needed to find out because the book had several subplot going on as well.
I like all of this authors books, but I think that this is one of the best that this author has done in a long time.
I was hooked from the beginning to the end! The characters were real, messed up, and easy to feel for. The story was interested and well written. And I love the faith - wether it was questioned or deeply held to; it was honest and beautiful.
I would highly recommend this book by Terri Blackstock! Actually both my husband and I would recommend all of her books.... so get reading!! :)
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This is the story of Cathy Cramer who is a blog writer on murders that hit the media spotlight. Cathy's sister in-law is found dead in her house by her soon to be ex-husband (Jay) a.k.a. Cathy's brother. As Cathy is left with threatening messages on her car and wondering if she is going to be killed next, she also becomes her brother's lawyer.
The story has many character's along the way, with all their own with twists and turns. As Terri always does, she keeps you turning the pages. Each Chapter from beginning to the end, has that unusual story changes in every chapter.
If you enjoy a great murder mystery that keeps you guessing to the very end, then read this book! I loved this book, as I am an avid Terri fan and have read ALL her books. She always does a great story, that just makes the reader have to keep reading till the very end. I recommend this book to all those that love to just sit down and keep reading till you find out who did it..... I also recommend to those who want a great story that just makes you to keep wanting more. GREAT JOB AGAIN TERRI, can't wait for the next book!
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Once again Terri Blackstock provides an entertaining and unique story. The first book in a new series we meet Cathy Cramer and her sisters, Juliet and Holly. Their brother, Jay is accused of murdering his estranged wife.
This story is fast paced from the beginning and keeps you guessing throughout. It took me awhile to warm up to the main character, Cathy Cramer but as the story developed I began to understand her and like her. My favorite character was Holly (and not just because we share the same name). She is the youngest sister and has struggled to find her way in life as she comes to terms with her past decisions.
This story provides not only a good mystery, but has several secondary plots that I'm looking forward to see how they develop. The secondary plots do not distract or confuse the main story, but leave you wanting more.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was not under any obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
This novel marks the beginning of a new series by Blackstock, Moonlighters Series.
The story starts out in such a way that I was sure I had missed a previous novel in the series.
At the opening, a woman is murdered. Her estranged husband, Jay, is a suspect as he discovered her body after he had received an email that she wanted to talk to him. Jay has three sisters, Cathy, Holly, and Juliet. Cathy was engaged to Joe, a policeman, when he was killed. This has happened sometime in the not too distant past. Joe's brother, Michael, is now a sort of private investigator. He can't carry a gun as he is not allowed a permit to do so. He was an up and coming police officer, just like his father, grandfather, and two brothers, when something happened. We read about his sense of failure, how his family must be disappointed in him, and so on. In fact, Joe's murderer is free on the streets because of what Michael did.
Jay is arrested for the murder of his wife and his sisters and Michael work hard to find the real murder. The action intensifies as it looks like Cathy's life is in danger too.
The novel goes on with periodic references to this terrible deed Michael did that got him booted off the police force and disgraced his family. There are also many references to Joe's death. I kept on thinking that I must have missed a novel that came before this one. I even went on line to make sure this was the first in the series.
Finally, on page 168, I read what Michael did as he reminisced about his actions. It made sense. Finally. The rest of the novel was a pleasure to read.
What I didn't like was wondering what Michael's back story was all about for over half the book. I would have much rather had that information near the beginning. It would have made the interactions between Michael and the other characters in the book more understandable and of greater impact.
That being said, this was a pretty good novel. It is not Blackstock's best, but it is a good mystery. There is lots of action and the suspense intensifies as we get near the end. Sometimes I felt the plot was a little convoluted but it was believable.
Also, the characters in the novel certainly have more of their story to tell. Now that I know Michael's back story, I look forward to the next in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.