Monday, May 4, 2015

DISTORTION by Terri Blackstock

Sandra Ardoin reviews.

For years, Juliet has been a loving wife and mother to a doctor, the man she met in college. When Bob Cole is gunned down, it’s not only the end of Juliet’s marriage, it’s the beginning of a nightmare in which her husband’s secret life puts his whole family in danger.

Someone wants what they think Juliet possesses and they won’t stop at threatening her. It’s up to Michael Hogan and his part-time investigators to discover the truth behind Bob’s activities before Juliet and his children are caught in the crosshairs of desperate criminals.

Terri Blackstock is an author whose stories proved instrumental in beginning my reading of Christian fiction on a regular basis. Distortion is the second book in her Moonlighter’s series about three very different sisters who moonlight as private investigators for a company owned by Michael Hogan, the boyfriend of the middle sister.

This is a book better understood if the series is read in order, which of course, I didn't do. It took me a while to sort out the back story of all the characters involved. So I recommend reading Truth Stained Lies first. Then again, because you’re reading this blog, you probably don’t need a recommendation to read a book by Terri Blackstock.

The mystery surrounding the life and death of Juliet Cole’s husband is the focus of this book, however, she is not the only major character affected by the crime that underlies the whole series. The story is told from the points of view of several characters—among them, sisters Cathy and Holly, as well as Michael.

If you’re looking for romance, it’s there, but light. The characters and their relationships are realistic, sometimes heartbreaking. But what intrigued me most about this story was a twist inserted toward the end. Ms. Blackstock could have taken the expected route in the plot that would wrap everything up in perfection, but chose not to do so. Maybe it has something to do with the third book’s story, Twisted Innocence, but I guess I won’t know that until I read it. J

Sandra Ardoin is a multi-published author of short fiction who writes inspirational historical romance such as her Christmas novella, The Yuletide Angel. She’s the married mother of a young adult and lives in North Carolina.

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