Monday, June 3, 2013

Truth Stained Lies - A Book Review

From the Back: Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on high-profile homcides.  When she finds a threatening note warning her that she's about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief...until her brother's wife is murdered and all the "facts" point to him.  The killer has staged the crime to make the truth too far-fetched to believe.  Working to solve the murder and clear her brother's name, Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators.  Juliet, a stay-at-home mom of two boys, and Holly, a scattered ne'er-do-well who drives a taxi, put aside their fear to hunt down the real killer.  Stakes rise when their brother's grieving five year-old son is kidnapped.  As police focus on the wrong set of clues, the three sisters and their battered detective friend are the only hope for solving this bizarre crime, saving the child, and freeing their brother.

Synopsis: Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer who's turned her investigative skills into a successful blogging career.  She's shocked when her brother Jay tells her his wife has been killed and that a clown did it.  She's even more dumbfounded when all the evidence points to Jay as the killer.  At the same time, she's being taunted my a mysterious "new friend."  As the case continues, Cathy teams with her sisters, Holly and Juliet and their friend Michael to try to prove Jay's innocence.  Things get even stranger as Jay's son Jackson becomes critically ill.  The four have their suspicions about who could be at fault but the truth is stranger than fiction.

My Review: This is the first in what appears to be another great series by Terri Blackstock.  While a little slow (and hard to believe at first), the storyline picks up quite nicely.  There's a sense of urgency at the end of most chapters that make you want to keep reading.  There is a tendency for "preachiness" in parts of the book but the story was so good, I overlooked that.  Blackstock writes a complex storyline and threw in lots of nice twists and turns to keep you guessing.  I did have the criminal identified by the end of the book but was pleased with how Blackstock tied the ending together.  I debated putting this one down at first but I'm glad I stuck with it.  I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.

My Score:  4.5 bookmarks out of 5

Zondervan/Thomas Nelson Publishers gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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