There’s no lying there that Terri Blackstock’s newest suspense novel, Truth Stained Lies is her most intense work to date! There’s enough detail and action to keep readers engaged from cover to cover. Cathy Crammer, a speculative and judgmental investigative blogger, receives a mysterious death threat from a reader looking to turn the tables on her with her own judgements. Then her family is shaken up when her brother’s wife is murdered and he is accused of it. The couple was emotionally heated in the process of divorce and fought for custody of their five year old son. Cathy and her sisters, Holly and Juliet, serve as part-time private investigators teaming with a family friend to prove their brother innocent, release him from jail, and gain him custody of his son. Meanwhile the child becomes life-threateningly ill and hospitalized, and later kidnapped! Beyond the mystery and suspense, the characters deal on a personal level with things like bitterness, grudges, a broken family life, poor life choices, and questioning of faith.
Blackstock explains that Truth Stained Lies was inspired by the Casey Anthony trial. She followed some of the blogs written by people with legal backgrounds who went behind-the-scenes for details on the case, “some of which wasn’t being allowed in court,” Blackstock says. Seeing how people were often angered by the speculation from the blogs, Blackstock says she began her “usual What-If routine… What if someone set up a crime to turn the tables on the blogger? What if that crime put the blogger in the position of being judged?” From this she created the lead character, Cathy Crammer, “a former prosecutor who started her blog after her fiance was murdered. She’s determined to make guilty people pay—so she investigates and speculates, and posts her findings” until the threat and the murder of her sister-in-law.
Fans and readers will not be disappointed! In fact, many will be begging for more! Many Amazon customers love the story, rank Truth Stained Lies with five stars, and anxiously await the following book in this new Moonlighers series. The Library Journal calls it, “Crisp prose, an engaging story, and brisk pacing make this thriller another home run for Blackstock.”