When Jay is framed for the murder of his ex-wife by a man dressed like a clown, his sisters, Cathy, Juliet and Hope must work together to find the real murderer. With Jay's unbelievable story, the police follow the wrong clues leaving the sisters to work as part-time private investigators to solve the crime.
Inevitably, as the sisters get closer to the truth, danger closes in on them. Can they convince the police that they have arrested the wrong man?
As "Truth Stained Lies" opens, we meet Cathy Cramer, a former lawyer turned blogger who writes commentary on high-profile homicide cases. She finds a threatening note on her car. When her former sister-in-law is murdered, her first thought is that the crimes are related. Though the letter is mentioned several times throughout the book, the issue is never resolved. Will there be a follow-up book, or will readers be left hanging? I am a reader who doesn't like loose ends, so I'm hoping a future book will answer the question of who sent the threatening note to Cathy.
Somewhat predictable, Terri Blackstock tries to throw readers off unsuccessfully. It is relatively easy to solve the murder though the motive is at first ambiguous. Not light reading by any means but definitely a quick read.
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A fantastic hook, great writing voice and quick pace through the entire book. I thought the suspense was right up there among a couple of my favorites of the genre.
To be critical, I thought the ending came a bit soon, or rather we found out who the killer was a bit soon, but as I read further, I thought it was tied up nicely without leaving me as though the ending was just extra words.
Loved the subplots and deeper characterization into the secondary characters. It gave the story depth that impressed me and kept me working harder towards the ending and the transformation of these character's lives. This is obviously the first in a series that will remain consecutive. The book, of course, gave the happy ending the reader is craving, but left it open enough for coming titles.
Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors. She hooks the reader immediately and the story begins to unfold. I had difficulty knowing who the murderer was and didn't really know until almost when it was revealed. The story was woven tightly so it was difficult to know each character's part in the story. Can't wait for the next book!!