‘TWISTED INNOCENCE,’ BY TERRI BLACKSTOCK

February 25, 2015 4 Comments

‘TWISTED INNOCENCE,’ BY TERRI BLACKSTOCK. A woman tries to live a better life for the sake of her daughter only to have danger find her. Text © Rissi JC

This 3-book series is my only introduction to the award-winning Terri Blackstock. However if this is all I read by her (for now), it’s a great trilogy. This title is the third and final book to follow a quartet of siblings who have their faith tested as young adults, and now again as adults trying to live their lives for God.

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This story centers on youngest Holly Kramer who has had the toughest time rectifying her relationship to God and the fact that she feels abandoned by not just Him, but the father she once adored. When a one-night stand results in a pregnancy, Holly cleans up her life for her daughter, Lily. With the help of her siblings, she hopes to become a person her family can be proud of, and then Lily’s father comes back into her life.

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Of the three books, this one is my favorite. It’s the most unique, and though its pace moves ridiculously swift, I like the themes of redemption even when I don’t agree with all of the religious beliefs. Holly is the “wild child” of her family. She’s the girl who never grows up and puts her bad behavior off as being the fault of her father (no personal responsibility). Over the series, it’s Holly who changes the most, the character who grows, and it’s a lovely transformation. Her story does feel the suspense “rush,” however if you’ve read this entire series, her change doesn’t feel “convenient” because we too “grow” with Holly. It’s great to catch up with the other characters of this series as well; including Michael and Cathy (Truth Stained Lies), Juliet (Distortion) and we meet Creed. Here’s a guy we want to trust, but have a niggling of doubt in the back of our mind.

I like that Terri links the books through one villain, and that his progression helps to build up the festering suspense that insures we’ll be curious how the story will end up! The family relationships support and encourage, and help keep the book on level footing. To be honest I’d like to see more of their brother, Jay, but am glad the family bonds remain intact. As I stated in reviews of earlier books, I really like the P.I aspect since it steps away from the rigidity of law enforcement while still being a profession that opens doors to some mystery solving.

If you’ve like Terri Blackstock’s prior novels or are looking for a good mystery read, you’ll like Twisted Innocence. It’s worth reading – and might just be that perfect book to stay in with during a cold Saturday afternoon.

About the Book:

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Author: Terri Blackstock
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Litfuse
Publication Date: 2015
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Shop the Book: Bookshop.org ǀ Goodreads
Series: Moonlighters, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5

Sincere thanks to Litfuse (and the publisher) for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

About Rissi JC

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4 Comments

  • Amanda Holmes February 25, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    I just read this one too! It was hard to put down.;) I agree that it was the best series, since I thought that Holly was the easiest to relate to.

    • Rissi February 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      It was hard to put down – but then maybe that's because I was most interesting in Holly's story. She was the rebel child and that's always a fun story to read. :)

  • Gidget Girls Reading February 26, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    I Love Terri Blackstock, the next series you ought to read if and when you get a chance is the Restoration series. That was my first introduction to her and I've been hooked ever since. I loved the Moonlighters trilogy and wish it wasn't ending. My favorite was book 2 but they are all great!

    Shannon

    • Rissi February 26, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Thanks for the recommendation, Shannon! I'll have to check out Terri's Restoration books, too. I'm sure more of them will be awesome and someday I will be likely to read more, so it's great to have a place to start. :)

      Glad you enjoyed this series – same here. It was great for suspense. :)

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