Review of Truth Stained Lies

Posted January 27, 2015 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review of Truth Stained Lies

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Genres: Christian, Suspense
Published by Zondervan Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley


Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she's about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief ... until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation---the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers and commentators like her have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously.

Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators, working to solve their brother's ex-wife's murder. Juliet, a stay-at-home mom of two boys, and Holly, a scattered ne'er-do-well who drives a taxi, put aside their fear and lack of confidence to learn the art of investigation. But will it be too late to save their brother from a murder conviction, or his five-year-old son who's the killer's next target?

This one should have been reviewed a long time ago. Digging down at the bottom of my netgalley reads that have been pushed to the side. 🙁 Read this one for the Dusting of your Shelf Read-a-thon for #COYER.

First Line

The email from Jay’s wife clearly demonstrated that miracles happen.

What I thought of this book

I think my mood played into how I thought of this book as I was reading it. It wasn’t a bad book but I have been in a reading slump these last few days and nothing is really grabbing me. I did like it but I thought I would have enjoyed it a bit more. I do want to say up front that this is a Christian Suspense novel and so there are some religious aspects so you must take that into consideration if you decide to try it.

Cathy’s fiance was murdered and the killer was acquitted so she starts a crime blog. In her blog she pretty much haggles criminals, and tells everyone what she thinks. Is he/she innocent or guilty. One day she gets a note that pretty much tells her that her life is going to soon be altered and see if she will blog about that.

Then her brother’s wife is murdered and he is arrested for the crime. Cathy knows he was set up and with a ridiculous claim on who actually did it. Cathy and Joe’s brother Michael along with Cathy’s sisters are not going to stand by and let this happen to her brother. Cathy think’s it’s connected to the note she got especially after she gets a few more notes.

“No wonder they think I did it!” He sucked in a ragged breath. “Jackson. Would you get Juliet to go get him? He needs somebody he loves. I don’t want him left at the babysitter’s.


It was really interesting to see how someone could totally disrupt another person’s life and when the killer is revealed even though I started leaning towards that person, I was still a bit shocked. I couldn’t believe some of the things he was doing though I guess in a way I could. I can’t really say anymore without giving away something and that would be bad.

Cathy is a pretty head strong character who is dealing with a lot of things and never thought her blog would get someone in her family in trouble. Juliet is the oldest sister and the strong one. Holly is the youngest and has a few problems of her own to deal with and is an emotional mess. Jay though I understand he is being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, really got on my nerves some times. Michael, is steadfast and a rock for Cathy to lean on and even for the whole family.

It’s about a normal family who struggles with their beliefs and how in times of crisis it seems are the times when we want to involve God in our mess. I am not going to say that it’s preachy because I didn’t find it to be so but I do know that some topics might make some people mad which could have a factor into what they thought of the book.

I enjoyed it and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was not in a slump. If you enjoy Christian Suspense with a tiny bit of romance then you will probably enjoy this one.

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