Sunday, January 11, 2015

Distortion by Terri Blackstock

Distortion by Terri Blackstock
(Zondervan 2014)

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 sons. But a threatening voicemail escalates 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 her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?





A continuing story of Truth Stained Lies, Distortion delves deep into the faith and life of Juliet and her family.

"These are the good days." These words were spoken to Juliet by her husband, Bob. Before long she discovers that what she thought was the truth had been a distorted illusion.

Terri Blackstock brings the reader on a fast-paced adventure dealing with a family of brothers and sisters.

If you think you know the culprit, Blackstock throws in a red herring bait. Do you take it and be reeled in or ignore it and keep circling for the answer to the mystery.

Either way--you still end up with a long list and everything connecting but no closer to the truth.

Distortion is not only a twisting and turning suspense novel, it is also a story of faith. The characters are not perfect, just as no one is perfect. The faith and love within the book flows naturally, as do the anger and hurt from feeling betrayed. The characters bring forth tough questions about people's preconceived assumptions of Christianity and a Christian's walk. They make you think: what would you do in that situation?

This is the Scripture that drives the storyline: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 

It's the perfect verse for this story. Small nuances throughout the novel show you the grace and love of God, evident in the some of the choices the characters make.

One thing I have always enjoyed about Terri Blackstock's novels is the heartwarming ending. She never fails to bring a page turning story full of action, emotion, and forgiveness. 

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