Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: Distortion by Terri Blackstock

It's no secret that I am a Terri Blackstock fan.  Her books are decidedly Christian, but they have an edge that  most Christian fiction doesn't have.  Distortion, the second book in the Moonlighters series is no exception.  The action begins from the very first chapter, and builds from there.  It is a story full of drugs and deceit, murder and money.  It was well worth reading.
Distortion continues the story of the Cramer sisters, Juliet, Cathy and Holly.  They are now officially working as part-time private investigators with Michael Hogan, who is also Cathy's boyfriend.  The story centers on Juliet and her two boys, Zach and Abe.  Late one night while returning a U-Haul in a shady part of town, Juliet watches as her husband is gunned down in cold blood.  What first appeared to be a random shooting, turns out to be much more as Bob's secrets come to light.  Juliet and her sisters must work with the police, FBI and DEA to uncover all the lies and bring those responsible to justice.  But Juliet isn't sure if she has the strength to proceed with an investigation that brings so much pain and heartache to her and her family. 
I loved this book just as much as the first book, Truth-Stained Lies.  At first it seems a little strange that one family could encounter so many random murders, but when it's revealed that they're all connected, it becomes a little easier to believe.  The plot was great, and full of twists in true Blackstock fashion, but I did find the ending with Cathy and Michael to be a little awkward and strange. 
Cathy, Juliet and Holly are all believable characters.  They were betrayed by their pastor-father and each one has dealt with it in her own way.  Juliet is the rigid Christian with a deep sense of right and wrong.  Cathy is the one who has forsaken her belief in God, but she will call on Him for help when she's in trouble.  Holly is the rebel with pink hair, who's expecting a baby out of wedlock, and still clings to some remnants of her childhood faith.  But even though they don't see eye-to-eye, they are fiercely loyal to one another.  They snap  at one another, and have disagreements, but they don't let anyone else cause pain to the others.  I think the family dynamic is what makes the story so successful.
Now that the reader has explored a little of Cathy's and Juliet's lives, I'm excited to read the third book to learn a little more about Holly.  I'm also curious about what's coming next for Juliet, Cathy and Michael.  I can't wait until the third Moonlighters book!
I definitely recommend Distortion, and any other Terri Blackstock book you can get your hands on!  She's one the best!!

Happy Reading!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.

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