Think about it. Just for a minute. Go back in time to that one book, that one author that has made the most impact in your reading life. For me, that's Terri Blackstock. I can't remember any book that she has written that I haven't devoured. And after reading Distortion, there still isn't one. This is the second in her "Moonlighters" series of books.
Helping her sister, Holly, move into a new home wasn't Juliet's idea of a great way to spend the day, but it was done and she was family. All that was left was to drive with her husband to drop off the rental truck and call it a day. After pulling into the lot and watching him lock up the truck, she's horrified to see someone drive up and shoot him. As she frantically tries to stop the bleeding, the killer takes off. As Juliet deals with the death of her husband, a different side of him begins to emerge. Secret bank accounts, other houses, unknown vacations, drugs, another woman! None of this makes sense and she is set to find out the truth. With her family again by her side, can Juliet uncover the truth without getting herself or her family killed? Was her husband the man she always thought he was or did he have a dark side she didn't know about? Was this a random killing or was there more involved? Gotcha! Now go BUY YOUR OWN COPY!
As much as I would love to gloat about always figuring things out from the start, I will confess this one had me going. The plot line was such that it kept you thinking, "Ok, this couldn't get much worse" and then it did. The strength of character that Ms. Blackstock pours into her characters is what always fascinates me, and this one doesn't disappoint. Her main character, Juliet, has been through it all but continues to take more. And as she takes more, it appears that he character continues to build rather than weaken. The message to me on that is that when we lean on His strength, there isn't anything that we can't endure. That's one of the traits of her characters that always connects with me, in all of her books. The outcome of this book is nowhere near predictable, but it is one that will melt your heart.
Is this a "guy's book"? From the start, this book has suspense that doesn't end. As the characters search towards a solution, there are all kinds of obstacles in their way. Drugs, intrigue, police interaction, all fine hallmarks of what any guy would enjoy in a book.
It has been a while since I read one of Terri Blackstock's books, and now I am wondering why. This book was fast paced, on the edge of your seat action. And the suspense was great! I didn't start getting a feel for who the real bad guy was until nearly the last fourth of the book. That kept me coming back for more, I had to know more to figure out who was the person behind it all. And once I figured it out, I was disturbed because well, you will have to read it and figure it out yourself. But just know that things are not always as they appear. Great book, great writing!! 5 stars from this reviewer.This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. I did not read book one in this series and had no issues following the story.
Distortion by Terri Blackstock is book #2 in her new Moonlighters series. I thoroughly enjoyed book #1, Truth Stained Lies, so I have been eagerly anticipating the story's continuation in Distortion. Distortion picks up the story with Cathy's sister, Juliet Cole, featured. Juliet's husband of 15 years is murdered right in front of her. She believes this is a random attack, but soon discovers that it was planned, and she and the children are still in danger. Secrets and a web of lies are untangled as they hunt for the killer.
Distortion is Terri Blackstock at her best. She's perfected the art of writing Christian suspense with a tinge of romance. I loved this book. I highly recommend it to any Christian who enjoys a good thriller, but I'd suggest reading Truth Stained Lies first, if you haven't already, so you will be caught up on the storyline and characters. This one is a page turner that will keep you up at night (with the lights on!). Don't miss this one. Terri Blackstock is back and better than ever.
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I love Terri Blackstock's writings. Her novels are the best. They always combine suspense and a good story, which makes them pretty near perfect.
Distortion is the story of a woman whose husband gets murdered. While trying to solve the case of who did it, she and her siblings - along with the police and FBI - discover some things about the deceased that she'd rather not know.
Who the book is for:
Those who enjoy suspense. Teens and adults.
What I liked:
The characters in this book are the kind that you fall in love with and want to just keep on reading about.
The story was interesting.
Quick read - at least for me. I finished it in a day.
What I didn't like:
The suspense could have been a bit stronger, but it was okay with me just the way it was.
Overall, this was a really good read.
I give Distortion 5 out of 5 stars.
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I enjoyed this book a lot. Exactly what you would expect from Terri Blackstock, drama, suspense, twist, turns and keeps you guessing. This is book 2 in the moonlighters series and can't wait for book 3. This is about Juliet and her husband being shot in the dark of the night and now she must protect her two sons. The story involves Juliet with her family and friends becoming a part of solving her husbands murder. From the crime scene to many twist and turns that deepen the story by each chapter. This is a page turner, I finished the book in an afternoon because I couldn't put it down. (all of Terri's books I finish fast because they keep you interested and wondering what is going to happen next.)
I would recommend this to those readers that enjoy a good mystery with a GOD message wrapped all into one. I love all of Terri Blackstock books and can never get enough, the countdown begins until the next one, which the ending of this book will make you want book 3....now....... (it doesn't leave you hanging, however, leaves the imagination to wonder if some of the characters will be in book 3 and how they will be involved.)
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