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