Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

About the Book:
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Litfuse
Publication Date: 2015  
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Series: Moonlighters, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5

This 3-book series has been my only introduction to the award-winning Terri Blackstock though if this is all I read by her (for a while anyway), it was a great trilogy. This title is the third and far as I know final book about a quartet of siblings who’ve had their faith tested not just years ago as young adults, but again as adults trying to live their lives to the fullest for God. 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 plans on becoming a person her family can be proud of… and then Lily’s father comes back into her life.

Of the three books, this one was my favorite. It’s the most unique story and though its pace moves ridiculously swift, I liked the themes of redemption even though I did not agree with all of the religious beliefs. Holly is the “wild child” of her family. She’s that girl who never grew up and put her bad behavior off as being the fault of her father, who – in her mind, tore their family apart. Over the series, it’s Holly who changes the most, the character who grows the most and it’s a lovely transformation kind of story. Her story does feel “rushed” as so many suspense novels suffer this fate, however if you’ve read this entire series, her change of heart doesn’t feel “convenient” because we’ve “grown” with Holly throughout the books. It’s great to catch up with the other primary characters of this series as well – including Michael and Cathy (Truth Stained Lies), Juliet (Distortion) and then we meet Creed. He's the guy we want to trust (and generally can) but have a niggling of doubt in the back of our mind.

I liked that Terri linked the books through one villain tormenting the family and that his progression helps to build up the festering suspense that insures we’ll keep flipping those pages, curious how the story will end up! The family relationships that support and encourage help keep the book on level footing (from the danger that is closing in) and while I’d have liked to see more of their brother, Jay, I was glad the family bonds remained 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 liked Terri Blackstock’s prior novels or are looking for a good mystery read (I read most of it in one day!), 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.
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Twisted Innocence Terri Blackstock

Synopsis: When Holly s secrets backfire, is the mess too big to unravel?

Holly Cramer has worked hard to keep the identity of her daughter s father a secret, shamed and embarrassed by the one-night stand. But when the police knock on her door searching for Creed Kershaw, she realizes his identity isn’t as hidden as she thought. The fact that Creed is a person of interest in a recent drug-related murder only increases her humiliation.

When Holly s and Creed s paths cross, Holly is unsure whether to be terrified of him or trust him. His tenderness with their daughter makes her want to believe his story that he had nothing to do with the murder. Then she discovers that Creed has a connection to Leonard Miller who killed both her sister’s fiancé and her brother-in-law, and kidnapped her nephews and things only become more complicated.

Will Creed lead them to the man who has plagued her family, or become another of his victims?"
- Goodreads

Coming Next from Terri Blackstock: An anthology by three bestselling romance authors

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock
Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert
Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren
Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?
– Goodreads, May 2015

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


  1. 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.

    1. 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. :)

  2. 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!


    1. 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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