A husband’s lies can have deadly consequences. When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack. Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?
My take: 2.5 looks
If you have followed by blog for a while, you know that Christian Fiction is not my favorite genre. I find it either in-your-face with doctrine, full of sugary-sweet-too-good-to-be-true characters, or headed too far in the other direction. This is where Distortion falls.
There is a lot going on in this book. Centered on four siblings, with a Danielle-Steel-type series of tragedies in their past, it is over-the-top. In the first book of the series, combined with the action from this one, their Christian-deacon father ran off with his secretary, Holly is unmarried and pregnant (not to mention that she drives a cab for a living), Cathy’s fiancé was murdered and she is now dating his brother, Jay’s wife was murdered and he is a single dad to their 5-year-old son, and (finally) Juliet’s husband is gunned down in the first chapter of this book.
See? Too, too, too much. Wow.
And the characters are irritating. Sure, they are real people with real problems, but they are caricatures. Holly is pregnant so she can’t help her siblings when she is moving to a better neighborhood, but she can run through the woods at night to track a killer.
Juliet is reeling from the fact that her husband was not at all the man she thought he was, but the main thing on her mind seems to be how she can find it in her heart to forgive him, giving her young sons a good Christian example.
Jay is relegated to babysitter for all of the kids while the others run off to “help” the police and FBI solve their case. Why not put Holly there, since she can’t lift a box?
You see where I am going with this. If you love the genre, you will probably like this. It’s fast-paced and full of action. It’s just not my thing.