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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

For quite a few years now my friend has been encouraging me to read Terri Blackstock’s books. “They are so worth the read!” my friend would say, “She’s such a great writer! You won’t be disappointed!” I don’t know what has taken me so long (perhaps the thought of how many books I would have to buy if I fell in love with yet another author’s work!), but what better book for me to start out with than Shadow in Serenity.

Shadow in Serenity is actually a re-write of Blackstock’s first book out under her real name and as a decidedly Christian author. A mainstream company published the first printing, and therefore, much of the purely Christian aspects were edited out. Having reacquired the rights to the original manuscript, Blackstock has reworked and renamed that manuscript to give us Shadow in Serenity as she truly intended. It is a marker, so to speak, gateway into the Christian market, and how far she has come since then (1995).

Shadow in Serenity is a story of suspense and guessing. Logan Brisco, a highly talented con artist is out to take the town by calling them all to invest in an amusement park to be built on its outskirts. Carney Sullivan, an implant to this small town and a daughter of con artists herself, can see right through him. The question is, will the town that Carney has come to love for its peacefulness, forgiveness, and trust believe her warnings that Brisco is just out to scam them, or will Carney begin to trust him as well and end up being scammed herself?

Blackstock shows great character development throughout the novel in multiple characters. The townspeople are completely endearing, Carney is a wild ride, and Brisco… well, sometimes you want to ring his neck & other times he’s quite endearing himself!

I can’t ruin the storyline with too much detail, but it is a great ride and, as my friend has told me numerous times, definitely worth the read! Now which Blackstock should I pick up next? Hmmm…

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copies were provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.