Monday, September 15, 2014
Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
2.0 out of 5 stars -- This is a formulaic and predictable attempt at suspense thriller that falls flat for many reasons. One of the major reasons I didn't like it was that it was heavily laced with religious overtones and emphasis on Christianity and prayer. Nowhere in the synopsis does it mention this, so readers who avoid this genre need to be aware that a great deal of the narrative focuses on examination of conscience, themes of judgment and morality, and lengthy ruminations on abortion. Much of it sounded preachy and I felt it was overdone as it took up so much of the book.
The story itself was fairly lame as far as plot -- when their soon-to-be ex-sister in law is killed, 3 sisters team up with a disgraced former cop to clear their brother who is arrested in connection with the murder. Red herrings aside, it was simple deduction to identify the killer very early in the book. No chills or thrills here. I probably wouldn't have bothered to finish it if I hadn't agreed to write a review. It's murder lite. I have the second book in this series on my shelf as well, but I do not plan to read it for all the reasons I've listed. It's not one I would recommend unless you're truly a fan of Christian fiction.
The author's note is a sermon.
I received this e-book ARC from NetGalley and Zondervan Publishers for review.