Book: Distortion (Moonlighters Series Book 2- read fine as a stand-alone)
Author: Terri Blackstock
Source: ARC from Harper Collins
Morality Rating: PG-13
Readability Rating: 4 stars
Juliet thinks she is having a normal night helping her sister move when her husband is murdered right before her eyes. If that isn’t enough, she receives a threatening phone call that makes her fear for her life and wonder if her husband’s death was random after all. This leads her on a quest to uncover the real Bob- but she never expected to find the secrets and lies she uncovers. This leaves Juliet with the lingering question: Did she even know her husband?
I didn’t know what to expect from a Christian murder mystery, but I was pleasantly surprised. Blackstock created a believable universe where the main character’s faith fit perfectly into the unusual events of the story. Juliet reacted to her husband’s death and investigation in a life-like manner, which is quite unusual for this genre.
Plot: The basic premise of the story is that Juliet Cole sees her husband murdered, and thinks it is random at first. However, she receives a threatening phone call that makes her question if the death really was accidental. She spends the rest of the story untangling the mystery that was her husband. I was rather surprised by the direction of the plot, and I definitely did not expect the ending.
Characters: Each character is carefully drawn out and more realistic-feeling than is often found in the thriller/mystery genre. I see how Terri Blackstock became a New York Times bestselling author with characters like these. Nothing about the characters is particularly groundbreaking, but they are solid, and each has their own unique personality.
Setting: This story is surrounded in mystery and intrigue. Consequently, Juliet and the other characters (who all seem to run some sort of tragically-doomed family private eye business) spend a lot of the time in dank, seedy settings. This book, like most thrillers, focuses more on events than descriptions.
Writing: For a thriller novel, I was impressed with the writing. Most of the chapters were short, which makes for a quick and easy read. If you wanted to read the story in short settings, it would be easy to do so. Each chapter had enough drive to propel the story forward, which kept me interested until the end.
I don’t normally love thrillers, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The Christian part of the story did not seem strangely out of place, like occurs with many “inspirational” books; and the plot itself was solid and interesting. Anyone who likes thrillers should enjoy this book-Christian or not.