The first book in the riveting Moonlighters Series from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Blackstock.
“Crisp prose, an engaging story, and brisk pacing make this thriller another home run for Blackstock.” —Library Journal, starred review
When truth doesn’t make sense, will lies prevail?
Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on high-profile homicides. 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.
“A story rich with texture and suspense, this family murder mystery unfolds with fast pacing, a creepy clown murder suspect, and threatening blog visitor to boot.” —Publishers Weekly
“Truth Stained Lies is the first in what’s likely to be a very popular new series for Blackstock. Her characters are flawed, faltering in their faith, and ultimately human. They’re the kind of people you wish you had as friends. This latest novel should appeal to millions of existing fans and millions of new fans who just don’t know it yet.” —CBA Retailers + Resources
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This uplifting page-turner from Christian suspense author Terri Blackstock follows three sisters who risk everything when their brother is framed for a shocking murder. Taunted by the real killer, legal blogger Cathy Cramer and her siblings must come together as a family to solve the crime. Inspiring, relatable characters and fast-paced plot twists make Truth Stained Lies a thrilling start to Blackstock’s captivating Moonlighters series.
Blackstock (Intervention series), who crossed over from the secular market to Christian fiction, hits her stride with the opener of The Moonlighter series. When Jay, the brother of Cathy, a former lawyer and now investigative blogger, is falsely accused of murdering his ex-wife, she and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, team up help their brother and to protect Jackson, their five-year-old nephew. Blackstock has six million books in print, and her writing is not too heavy handed; she offers a powerful scene of the accused, Jay, as he tells Jackson about the death of the boy s mother and his ex-wife. A story rich with texture and suspense, this family murder mystery unfolds with fast pacing, with a creepy clown murder suspect and threatening blog visitor to boot. Through Cathy s eyes readers see her wrestling with her faith and her pastor father s lack of faithfulness to his family: "If her father had only known the havoc he d wrought in his children when he chose his appetites over his family. Would it have mattered?"
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A suspenseful story.
This book was so well written. The plot built from beginning till I was holding my breath towards the end. And this was my second time reading it. The characters are so good, and the action so well planned, that it took my breath away even though I knew who did it.
I loved the title to start with, and found the synopsis intriguing. I read it awhile ago, and decided to read it again in order to see what clues I had missed. And I couldn't believe how fast it pulled me right back in.
There wasn't any cursing. There was no sex. There is one character who finds she is pregnant due to poor choices, like drinking. But that was handled really well, and her mistakes were not just glossed over.
In short, I recommend this book! It's wonderful.
This was an excellent book. This story doesn't drag on for hundreds of pages, it was simple and to the point. Loved it! I also like the fact that there is no adult content, suitable for readers 12+ I would say.
This book was bad. It was so predictable I thought a child wrote it, and the writing just isn't good. Plus it felt almost like propaganda from some right-wing Christian group. The whole book was focused SO much around God with undercurrents of anti-abortion that it was somewhat offensive to someone who isn't religious. Maybe if that's your thing you'll enjoy it--but I sure didn't.