Thursday, August 20, 2009

Krista's book review: Double Minds by Terri Blackstock


Tonight is my first attendence to our churches new book club, and the book we read this month was Terri Blackstock's "Double Minds." I have to admit, it's not one I would normally pick up in the bookstore. I've confessed before, but I'm a romance novel junky (of the non-smutty sort) and I'm not a fan of "scary" books.

But....

Oh wait. Let me give you the official blurb about the book:

Amazon Blurb

The young girl with the Bohemian style was on the floor where she’d fallen, between Parker's computer case and her file cabinet. She wore a long, flowing skirt—lavender, the color of calm—and camel-colored Uggs. She lay on her back, her long, wavy blonde hair matted with blood.

For struggling singer/songwriter Parker James, the music business has just turned deadly. Her desk in the reception area of a busy recording studio has become a crime scene, and Parker finds herself drawn into a mystery where nothing is as it seems.

Unraveling the truth puts her own life at risk when she uncovers high-level industry corruption and is terrorized by a menacing stalker. As the danger escalates, Parker begins to question her dreams, her future, and even her faith.

Double Minds is a double treat—combining a compelling suspense novel with an inside look at the world of the Christian music industry in Nashville. Terri Blackstock grabs readers at page one and keeps them riveted until the final plot twist is untangled.

Krista's Review:

I was delighted to find there was at least a HINT of romance in this book. I won't tell you who with though. And I really did like it! First, it was set in the town I live of Nashville, so it was cool to recognize places. It also kept you guessing as to the ending (although, I admit that I figured out half-way through, "who-done-it" but alas, I'm a former Law and Order watcher and well, I'm just goofy that way.) I kept on reading though because I wanted to see how it all played out and how they caught the bad guy (and to make sure I was right! I was!)

AND! Another wonderful thing I found is that as reading, I FORGOT THE RULES! All those guidelines we study, all the rules we growl at... well, I didn't think of them once. A sign of a good book is when a fellow writer can finish it and realize they didn't try to "edit" something even once. Now, she may have broken a ton of them, but I wouldn't know it. I just read and enjoyed:-)

So, I give the book two flexible thumbs UP, especially to those who like Suspense novels (and really, even to you romantics out there!)

8 comments:

Eileen Astels Watson said...

You know, Krista, no matter what genre, there is 99% of the time a hint of romance, I've found. When there's more than a hint, then I'm really happy. :)

I'm like you, Romance (the non-smutty type) is tops on my list!

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

see...i'm the kind of person who wants at least a 75-80% romance. no hints here...i want to be HIT upside the head. :)

T. Anne said...

Sounds interesting. I need more romance too! I'm not sure what that says about me though....hmm..

Jody Hedlund said...

Thanks for sharing, Krista! It's hard for me to find time to read, so I hardly ever venture out of what I really like! So congrats on pushing yourself into a different genre!

Rachel said...

I buy and read everything Terri writes. Don't care whether or not there's even a lot of romance in it. She's just that good!

If you want something with a stronger romance thread and really enjoyed her writing, hunt down the Newpointe 911 series, and then read the Restoration series.

Tara said...

Way to broaden your genre reading. :] I'm glad you were able to turn off the rules and just enjoy a good book.

CMOM Productions said...

That sounds like something I would pick up! :) I love it when I'm reading and I get lost in the story (rules or no rules).

robin prater said...

Hi Krista. I too loved this book. she is one of my favs as a writer. I too am an aspiring writer as you. I have my blog at robinsnest66 come by and visit and share with me your thoughts. I have to say as I have been following your blog I have learned a great deal. Thanks so much for sharing:)blessings, Robin