Author: Terri Blackstock
Review: This is a fast paced murder mystery that starts with a bang. Poor Emily and her family are caught in the middle of something they have no idea about. Past experiences shade the way the family response to Emily and this crisis. In life we all shade our experience from what we know about the person or events. It’s hard to give someone a second chance, I mean a real second chance with no prejudice or shading of any kind. Most of us learn from our mistakes and expect that from those around us. The saying ‘Slap me once shame on you…slap me twice shame on me.’ I think that is why seeing someone as a new person after poor past choice is difficult.
This book is well written and fast paced. I read it in a few hours while home one day sick. I enjoyed the characters and even the idea of having to let your child go, if necessary. The religious aspect of the book was on repentance and becoming a better ‘New’ person. The book is not preachy or overly religious in any way. We all face challenges and the challenge of a child abusing drugs is huge….I think most mystery fans would love this book. Give it a try….this author can weave a good yarn.
Publisher: Published February 16th 2012 by Zondervan
Quick Review: 4 Stars out of 5.
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: Despite Emily Covington's sobriety, she can't escape her past. Her years of active drug addiction have made her the scapegoat for everything, including a murder. Now she has to identify the real killer to clear her name and protect her family.
In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin 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 element—a strong Christian message—she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were just getting interested 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.
Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer