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Sunday, March 9, 2014

DISTORTION By Terri Blackstock ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Distortion by Terri BlackstockPublisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  March 11, 2014
Pages:  352

Book Description:  When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is gunned down in a dark parking lot before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning. When she’s finally allowed to return home to break the news to her boys, she hears a voicemail that takes the situation from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack. ‘Mrs. Cole, we know you have access to the supply and the money. If you don’t turn fifty million over to us and give us the codes, then you’ll be burying more family members.’ Suddenly, Juliet realizes that she and her children could be in danger. She teams up with her sisters and PI Michael Hogan to dig into the sham Bob has been living for years. The more she learns, the worse the betrayal. A drug trafficking history, a fortune in cash, and a secret family all emerge to turn Juliet’s belief system on its head, and threaten the things she loves.
Are she and her sisters skilled enough as sleuths to get to the truth?

Wanda's Thoughts:  This was my first time reading a Terri Blackstock book and I absolutely loved it! It is a page-turner, for sure, with skillful storytelling that just draws you in. 

The first chapter opens with a somber scene as Juliet Cole's husband is murdered in a U-haul parking lot as she watches. Juliet and Bob had two sons, and she thought a good marriage, but Bob seemed to have another life which she knew nothing about. She had loved Bob, and if there were clues to his deception, she certainly didn't see them. She only saw the best in him. She and her family were entangled in grief and shock and all she could see ahead of her was heartache. There are many startling revelations, and Juliet takes many blows to her heart. She wanted to give up, but she had to go on for her two sons. Juliet's husband had a past life that had taken her to the lowest of the low, but she was determined to persevere because of her faith and hope. And the story unfolds ---

The author spun a tale of mystery that was complicated, and it will keep you guessing, and a storyline that ended with a big crescendo of suspense. The characters were well drawn and likable and I liked the subtle spiritual aspect of the book. A lot of depth to this story - a great read! I highly recommend this book, written by an incredible author! 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review of this book. All opinions shared are my own.

Terri BlackstockThe Author - Terri Blackstock - Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. 

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Recent books include Truth Stained Lies (Book 1 of her Moonlighters Series), and her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Predator, Double Minds, the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re valued by God and that their trials have a purpose.