Watching her husband murdered in a U-haul parking lot right before her very eyes, Juliet Cole's life turns upside down. Initially treated as a random shooting, Juliet and her sisters soon discover there may be more_much more_to the act. Could innocence turn to guilt, victim turn to criminal, love turn to hate? All quite possible_
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With an intensity not found in most books, Distortion opens with a shocking event which only leads to more suspenseful, thrilling and heartbreaking disclosures. With a subtle Christian thread included throughout, Terri Blackstock does a brilliant job of writing with an electrifying purpose; thus, the obvious reason for her New York Times Bestselling Author distinction. As a first-time reader of this author, as well as taking a huge step outside my usual genre, I was not disappointed but instead will avidly read more. As a second installment of a series, having not read the first, I was not in any way confused nor perplexed. Very well done.
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Distortion from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan Publishers for my honest review*
I just finished one of the best books I have ever read, Distortion. Distortion is the first book I have read by this author. I know it will not be the last.
Terri Blackstock described the characters and scenes in this book with such detail that I was there! I went for a roller coaster ride of mystery, suspense, and horror. It was a page turning read for me because I love the unknown. I loved sitting on the edge of my seat wondering where this author was going with this story. She keeps you guessing until the end.
Please pick up a copy of this book and enter into Juliet Cole's nightmare of a life. Follow along as she tries to unravel the mystery of why her husband was murdered. It's a wild ride. One you will not soon forget.
I have to admit, before choosing this book, I was already a Terri Blackstock fan. So, I had expectations that I would enjoy, Distortion. I most appreciated how the author was able to really share the thoughts of the character and help us understand their different perspectives and frames of reference. The main character, Juliet, is former pastor's kid, who's father shamefully left the ministry and his family for the his secretary. Ironically, of her siblings, Juliet appears to be the most "together" on the outside. Her husband, Bob, is a respected doctor in the community, they are part of a church family, and they have 2 boys from their 15 years marriage.
While returning a U-Haul truck, after helping, her sister move, Juliet Cole's husband is shot and killed. In shock and disbelief, Juliet initially believes that the horrible murder is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. After listening to her husband's cell phone voicemails, she realizes that Bob's murder is not a random accident, but a deliberate act and that her life and the lives of her boys are in danger.
As she fights to figure out who was after Bob, she works with her sisters and a private detective, Michael Hogan. Slowly, they realize that Bob was not who they thought he was. At each turn, Juliet learns more and Bob's life is not at all what she thought it was - it's full of real life sorrow and betrayal. Throughout, Juliet must deal with the consequences of Bob's choices and how they now affect her and their boys.
Once I picked up Distortion, I wanted to finish it to the end. Some of the dialogue was a bit predictable, but the twists in the story were not necessarily what I expected. Since the storyline moved in directions that surprised me, I was engaged throughout the book. It was very entertaining!
Once again the author starts the action early and keeps it going until the very end. In the opening pages we see Juliet witness the murder of her husband of 15 years. As a typical woman thrown into a situation like this she is shell-shocked, but soon realizes her world was about to spin out of control.
One of the things I like about a series like this, is the development of the characters. In book one, Juliet was the hesitate one of the group when it came to the idea of being a PI.
She was content to be the office person. In this book she is front and center to protect her family. I really liked Juliet in this book. She questioned everything she ever believed as she dealt with her grief and the grief of her sons as well as coming to terms with her husbands past.
The ending totally surprised me and I'm looking forward to where the author takes us in this series.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher, Harper Collins, for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than to provide my honest opinion.
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.