Double Minds

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Title: Double Minds
Author: Terri Blackstock
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 336
Released: February 3, 2009

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Parker James is a struggling singer/songwriter and the music business turns deadly for her when a girl is killed at her desk at a busy recording studio. Parker is drawn into the mystery where nothing is as she seems and she realizes that her life might be at risk.

She needs the help of her brother and the support of her whole family to solve this mystery so she can breath easy again. Unfortunately, the case is long and arduous and covered in a tangle of cobwebs that show that just because a person claims to be Christian doesn’t mean that they don’t have skeletons in their closet.
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I’m a huge fan of Terri Blackstock and her Up All Night Fiction, so naturally, when this book arrived in the mail I was so excited to dig in and devour this book. Unfortunately I had to wait and fulfill other obligations before I could read this book. But, it finally moved to the top of the list and I got to read the book that I was so looking forward to.

Mrs. Blackstock didn’t disappoint my expectations with this book. She’s one of my favorite suspense writers so my expectations were pretty high. One thing that did disappoint was the mystery. I guessed who did it about a third of the way through the book. A little disappointing.

However, despite that fact, this book kept me on the edge of my seat and showed just how fitting her saying, Up All Night Fiction, really was. With creepy phone calls, stalkers, break-ins, and a tangled web of secrets that doesn’t want to be unraveled this author will grip you and won’t let you go until you turn the very last page.

I won’t say who the murderer is, but I will tell you that if you don’t guess who it is you’ll be shocked as to who it is. The author was very clever in that fact. She chose a killer that is the least likely to be one. It shocks you, not just the fact the they are the killer, but also why they killed and how they feel about it now. It was just genius.

This book is all about the mystery and suspense, so unlike all the books I’ve read in a while, it has no romance in it at all. It’s nice for a change. The author wasn’t forcing any romances when they weren’t appropriate and where they didn’t belong. It shows just how long this author has done this.

This book is extremely well written and the characters have appropriate depth. The author is a master of deception when it comes to her books. Characters that seem nice really aren’t, characters say one thing but mean another. It’s all executed really well.

The story line is interesting in a good way. Christian music industry gone wrong. It’s well executed well too. The story doesn’t struggle and starts out with a murder. It’s fast paced and doesn’t slow down. It’s a wonderfully made suspense that leaves a knot in your stomach until the very last page.

Overall, wonderfully made suspense, though the mystery does lack. I recommend this to any suspense lover. I give this book four out of five.

I received this book from Zondervan in order for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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