About this book: When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack. Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?
About the author: (from the Litfuse website) Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters. Connect with her online at TerriBlackstock.com.
Judge this book by its cover? Perfect: slightly sinister with dark hints of the novel’s riveting opening scene
If this book were a movie, I would rate it: PG. Though it contains mature themes (murder, adultery), every word on the page is family friendly.
Reminds me of… Brandilyn Collins, Richard Mabry
You’ll want to buy this book if … you enjoy stories of suspense paired with a strong faith message.
Why did I read this book? As a Litfuse blogger, for Zondervan for review
Would I read another by this author? Probably not; I’ve read a few of her novels and now conclude that they are not to my particular taste. But her NYT Bestselling status shows that many feel otherwise. See what other Litfuse bloggers are saying here.
My take: If you are a Terri Blackstock fan, you probably already know a bit of her history. Once a highly successful romance novelist in the secular publishing industry, she experienced a spiritual awakening and decided to quit writing mainstream novels in order to write inspirational ones. She also chose to change genres from romance to suspense. As a result, she now writes intricately plotted suspense novels that carry a strong Christian message.
Distortion, the second in her Moonlighters series, opens with a compelling, attention-grabbing scene. Dark twists and turns follow, but I have to admit that my credibility was stretched to discover that this story featured the third murder in a few years within one extended family. Though in time this unlikelihood was tied together, the explanation still didn’t ring true for me. Then too, the overt spiritual message felt too churchy for my taste. Nonetheless, I was impressed by the degree to which the author was willing to let her characters suffer (that’s harder for a writer than you might think), and this story does possess a satisfying, hopeful ending that is sure to please Terri Blackstock’s many fans.
Thanks to Zondervan for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
Distortion releases March 11th, and Terri will be kicking off the release with a fun Facebook Distortion party and giving away a Kindle Fire HDX. PLUS readers can pre-order the ebook for just $4.99 before 3/11 everywhere ebooks are sold.
One winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
- Distortion and Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends tomorrow, March 11th. Winner will be announced at the Distortion Facebook Party on March 11th. Connect with Terri for a “suspenseful” book launch party with prizes, a book chat, and more.