Double Minds by Terri Blackstock

Bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock’s book, Double Minds, is an interesting look at how people can show both compassion and greed. When Christians battle against the sin in their lives, they often feel weak.

Do we let the side of righteousness win, even though it’s a hard battle? Or do we succumb to the Beast (sin) that looks good but isn’t?

How is Christian songwriter Parker James going to move from obscurity to fame and fortune? Her journey gets more confusing when the desk where she works as a receptionist turns into a crime scene.

I thought I had figured out who the killer was in the middle of the book. My guess was wrong. I loved that there were enough twists and red herrings to keep me wondering. The ending was satisfying and logical.

I was hooked into the story about Parker, a songwriter who has exceptional talent, but little hope of becoming rich. She seemed like an underdog I could cheer for. The people in her life gave her encouragement about her talent, but they also made her realize that nobody’s perfect.

Parker’s brother, Gibson, is a homicide cop who wants Parker to stay out of the way while the police get answers and arrest the killer. He works to protect his sister, but he isn’t the hero of the story. Les Paul, Parker’s other brother isn’t the hero, and neither is her dad. Her dad’s an alcoholic who wants to prove to his family that he can stay sober.

Serene, who loves Parker like a sister, is the young Christian singer who wants bigger audiences so badly that she’ll starve herself to get there. Parker’s mom seems perfect, but even she has a weakness, albeit a minor one.

Does Parker have what it takes to succeed in the music industry? Not if the killer finds her first. Parker must push herself to make things happen for her career while keeping her eyes open for clues to who the killer is.

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