Friday, May 21, 2021

Review: Aftermath by Terri Blackstock

by Terri Blackstock

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Criminal attorney Jamie Powell will accept the consequences for defending her lifelong friend, Dustin, when he’s accused of setting the bombs that killed dozens at a local political rally. But she hasn’t seen him since he aged out of foster care, and he’s always lived on the edge. Can she still trust him?

As Jamie investigates his case and the people in his life, she realizes the facts coming to light could be devastating. Someone is setting him up . . . but proving it might destroy Dustin more than the accusation itself. Dustin overcame his childhood, but how can he overcome this?

Kritters Thoughts:  Jamie Powell is a renowned criminal attorney fighting to help the wrongly accused get justice, but she never thought someone from her past would call needing her professional advice.  Dustin is that guy from the past who didn't have the best childhood, but has risen above it all, but is accused of causing a bombing at a political rally.  

I will always love the reuniting with someone from the past trope.  For me it allows the characters to jump to a more familiar ground fast because there is a history that the reader may not see, but knows that it is there.  

I have said this a few times (maybe a lot) on my blog, but I judge a mystery book based on the culprit and while I won't divulge the outcome here, I will say I was satisfied completely.  The person didn't come out of left field, but I know there were clues that I missed that could have lead me to them and I loved how it all unraveled.  I am thankful I didn't guess this one too early.  The pacing was just right as from chapter to chapter I was hoping for a clue or the reveal - I loved it.  

While the book is Christian fiction and it was evident in a few parts, the author didn't sacrifice plot to check the Christian fiction box.  I love when an author can hold up their values while also writing a great story that all readers can enjoy.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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