twisted innocence book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

The scales of justice are weighed unfairly. Two men are dead. Another is in prison. A fourth is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. The common thread of destruction binding their stories together is a drug dealer named Leonard Miller who controls the cocaine trade in Florida’s panhandle. Wherever he goes, he leaves a wake of destruction and grief.

In her novel, Twisted Innocence, Terri Blackstock weaves together a story of intrigue and redemption finding second chances in the ashes. A master storyteller, Blackstock builds intrigue and suspense with each twist and turn. What originally meets the eye is never what it seems.

Holly Cramer has made her share of mistakes. A one night stand with Creed Kershaw leaves her pregnant, unmarried and alone. With pink tipped bleach blond hair, she doesn’t look the part of a stable parent, but more like the party girl she was. Nevertheless, she rises to the challenge, chooses to raise her daughter, Lily, alone, and supports herself driving a taxi and working part time as a private investigator.

It seems that trouble is a family business for Holly and her siblings. Several of their family members have either been killed or imprisoned due to Leonard Miller who has managed to elude capture. When Holly attempts to find Creed Kershaw, she discovers that he too is mixed up with Leonard, is accused of murder and is being hunted by gang members. In his desperation to elude police, Creed kidnaps Holly and Lily. As Holly uses her investigative skills to determine who is guilty and who is innocent, she finds herself a marked target of Leonard and his gang. When she and Lily are finally safe, Leonard turns that connection into a trap for Creed.

With non-stop action, this novel was a real page turner. With just the right amount of mystery, this Christian thriller novel will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys fast paced fiction. This was the third in the Moonlighter series, each one focusing on a different sister. However, it was the first book in the series that I had read. Normally that can cause some confusion, but that was not the case. Enough detail was given to understand the story completely without reading the earlier books in the series. I will be looking for more of Terri Blackstock’s books in the future as this one was two thumbs up!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

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