Terri Blackstock’s books are filled with intrigue and suspense and that’s why was excited to read her newest book Aftermath. This book will hold your attention from the get-go.
Taylor Reed and her friends Desiree and Mara are at a political rally, the draw isn’t Presidential candidate Ed Loran, but instead their favorite band Blue Fire is playing. What happens next is the things nightmares are made of. An explosion, smoke, people screaming. The only thing Taylor can think of is getting out alive. Later that night, Dustin Webb is driving home and suddenly the police are pulling him over. Certain that he wasn’t speeding nor was there any cause to be pulled over, he consents to the police searching his car. What they find will land him in jail and Dustin will be the suspect in the bombing that left dozens of people dead. His one phone call will be to his friend Attorney Jamie Powell, whom he hasn’t seen in fifteen years. If anyone will believe him, it will be Jamie.
Aftermath seems like it could have been ripped from today’s headline news. It’s fast-paced and filled with twists and turns. What I liked best were the characters Dustin and Jamie, their personalities and friendship that spanned many years. Taylor was an interesting character, I found myself asking how I would handle the trauma that she endured. I also found her irrationality and thought processes very disturbing. Dustin’s friend and business partner Travis and his wife Crystal are going through their own battle as Crystal is fighting for her life. Dustin understands why Travis can’t be there to help right now, but Dustin’s fighting for his own life, and the world’s about to turn against him unless he can prove his innocence.
I liked the storyline and it grabbed my attention from the beginning. I liked the main characters Dustin and Jamie, but I was frustrated when Dustin seemed to be making illogical decisions and didn’t believe the evidence that showed who the bad guy was. I figured out who the bad guy was and his motivation, but had to see how the story all fit together. In many respects, Taylor seemed like a loose cannon and the most illogical. I liked the fast clip of the story, it fit the narrative but the end of the book seemed to drag a bit and the story came to an abrupt ending.
The Christian faith wasn’t a big part of the story, I think that the characters’ development would have been richer if their faith had been included. I appreciated that the story did not have sexual immorality and or profanity. Aftermath was an interesting story with likable characters, but it could have been richer. I would like to see the main characters in other books.
If you like mystery, intrigue, and suspense I recommend that you read Terri Blackstock’s newest book Aftermath. This book is being released on May 11, 2021.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Aftermath by Terri Blackstock. I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book but was not obligated to give a favorable review.