Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

This conclusion to the Moonlighter's trilogy centers on Holly Cramer. The novel is much more about relationships than it is suspense.

Holly has made some bad choices in the past and they have finally caught up to her. She'd been a party girl but has settled down, giving her newborn daughter a more stable life. But when the police come to her and want information about Creed Kershaw, the father of her daughter, she realizes her life has just gotten a whole lot more complicated. Holly's plan to find him and talk to him backfires and she and her daughter's lives are in danger. The rest of the family gets involved when it becomes known that Kershaw has been associated with the murderer of Joe.

While this novel can be read as a stand alone, one would appreciate it much more if the previous books in the series have been read. Much of the emotional content of the book makes sense only when the earlier books have been read. Also, Michael is still in jail, again, only understood from prior books. Finally, the murderer of Joe comes into this novel, the full force of which would be understood only by reading the prior novels.

This is the least suspenseful novel in the series. The plot deals much more with the concept of redemption. Holly and Creed are two people who have made unwise choices in the past. Both are in need of a new life, including forgiveness and redemption. The gospel is clearly presented to Creed as he and Holly consider their past and future.

There is some suspense in the novel but not very much. This is the least suspenseful book of the series. I would have liked more suspense for this final book, but the relationship aspects of the characters do provide a fitting end to the series. I would recommend this book to those who value redemption of relationships over suspense in a novel.

While the egalley I read did not have discussion questions, it appears some will be provided.

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book and you can read more reviews here.

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times bestselling author with over six million in book sales. You can find out more at http://www.terriblackstock.com/.

Zondervan, 320 pages. You can purchase a copy here.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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