Aftermath by Terri Blackstock is an exciting Christian contemporary crime suspense that will have you glued from the start.
The action surrounds a terrorist attack. The reader ‘sees’ the events through the eyes of a victim, a man who has been set up, and his long-term friend and lawyer. The reader has varying emotional responses as the chapters alternate.
There is the theme of survivor’s guilt which then exacerbates a pre-existing condition of OCD. The world seems to be closing in and crushing a life under a series of ‘what-if’s’ and ‘why didn’t I?’
Another life has been floundering since the loss of parents when he was just six years old. No one believed in him until he met the nine year old girl living next door to his aunt when he was thirteen years old. A deep friendship began but still he felt unworthy.
And the third main character is still recovering from a disastrous marriage and the loss of her drug-addicted husband. Everyone is fighting a battle no one else knows about.
Not All Superheroes Wear Capes
Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock is a marvellous
Christian contemporary suspense that will have you glued from the start.
The novel revolves around old and new crimes as
characters try to prove their innocence. As their worlds come tumbling down, it
feels like even God is absent. “The best I could do was hang on and pray like
mad. But I doubted God was listening to me anymore.” God never leaves us. He
hears our prayers and He always answers them but in His way and in His timing.
God sees our end from our beginning. It is only when we look back that we can
see His hand on our lives.
Crises will either draw you towards God or propel
you away as you feel abandoned. “I wanted to pray but I was still mad at God.”
God can handle our emotions. He wants us to be truthful and to be real. “Where
are You?… Why didn’t He fight for me?” God fights battles we may be unaware
The Miracle Working God
If I Live by Terri Blackstock is a marvellous Christian contemporary suspense. It is the third and final book in the If I Run series. It can be read as a stand-alone as background info is given. I recommend reading the previous two books for maximum enjoyment.
Once again there is the theme of trust. Villains look like ordinary people. The ring of crime runs deep – colleagues, friends, strangers – who can be trusted?
The novel is about an awakening to God. “I’m… not alone. God is on the case with me, fighting this battle.” We are never left alone but sometimes it takes the bad situations in life to realise this.
There is much to be feared but when we know God, we can have a peace and trust His timing. “Let God dictate the timing, not the fear.”
If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock is the second book in the If I Run series. It is a fabulous Christian suspense, continuing where book one ended.
There is the theme of trust as building a case against the corrupt police continues. Trusting anyone whilst on the run is nigh on impossible. One has to rely on instincts and being resourceful to survive.
At times life makes little sense. Bad things happen to good people and yet God does not step in. However “Jesus never promised to heal believer’s burdens, but He did vow to carry them.” Only when looking back on events can people see how God helped to protect them at the time
Prayer is important. It links us to God. We can pray for others whether they believe or not. What matters is that we believe.