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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Deadly Consequences as a Result of a Husband's Lies

               By Terri Blackstock

About the book: Juliet Cole's life has been dismantled by the murder of her husband. She doesn't know who---or what---to trust when everything she has believed to be true about her marriage has been a lie.
A husband's lies can have deadly consequences.
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?

My Thoughts, as a reader:

"Distortion" is another winning novel from Terri Blackstock! The amount of suspense she packs into a novel is unbelievable!! From the gunning down of Juliet's husband on the first page of the book, to the last page, I was captivated by this fastmoving thriller. This book is a roller coaster ride through Juliet's life and as she discovers, the secret life of her husband. Just when you think you reach the top of the hill, you are plunged down into the valley with deep fear filled with despair.  This plot had so many twists, turns and surprises, that I  constantly was afraid of what would happen next! How could life get much worse?? But it does!  I must admit, although I always try to predict what will happen next and how a book will end, this one had me completely stumped. Every time I had the situation in hand, everything would fall apart, as another complication in the plot arose.

The characters are everyday people, as you and I are, making all of the events so realistic and believable.  They have to deal with such lies, tragedies, fears! Characters with whom I can relate, are what to me, makes a superior book, and this is certainly one of them. This novel, as a chilling mystery, does not delve deep into the characters' beings, however, that does not hinder the action. With all of the constant upheaval and challenges, you don't seem to notice this . 

"Distortion" is of the  Christian Fiction genre, but would appeal to any reader of suspense tales. It is definitely one of the best "sit on the edge of your seat" books that I have read in a while. 
I can hardly wait for the next in this series!  All I can say is "WOW!" 

About the Author:
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an 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.
In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. As she was praying about her transition, she went on a cruise and noticed that almost everyone on the boat (including her) had a John Grisham novel. It occurred to her that some of Grisham's readers were Christians, and that if she wrote a fast-paced thriller with an added faith element, she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre, so she quickly sold a four-book series to Zondervan. Since that time, she's written over thirty Christian titles, most of them suspense novels.
Besides entertaining her readers, Terri tackles issues that she hopes will change lives. Her recent book, Predator, was inspired by her experiences on Facebook and Twitter, and her concern that people posted too much personal information about themselves. The book deals with an online predator who uses social networks as his playground. She hopes the book will change readers' online habits. Her New York Times best-seller, Intervention, was inspired by her own personal struggles with a daughter on drugs. In the book, a mother hires an interventionist for her drug-addicted daughter. But on the way to treatment, the interventionist is murdered, and the daughter disappears. Barbara, the mother, sets out to search for her daughter. Terri modeled Barbara after herself, and poured many of her own emotions and experiences into that character. As a result, many families experiencing drug addiction have written to thank her for telling their story and giving them hope.
Other recent books include her stand-alone novel Shadow in Serenity, and Vicious Cycle (Book 2 in her Intervention Series). She's also known for popular series such as the Restoration Series, the Cape Refuge Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as "The 700 Club" and "Home Life," and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

Learn more about Terri at: http://terriblackstockbooks.com

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This book was supplied by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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