Holly Cramer's past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.
Though Holly's stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily's father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family---she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he's a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.
Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller-the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he's innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can't trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.
Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.
When I began Twisted Innocence, I was so lost. "Who's Holly?" I thought. "Why is Michael in prison?" So I went back and read my review of Distortion, which helped a bit. I still felt a bit off kilter, but I kept reading ... and then I hit Chapter 6. In Chapter 6, Blackstock gives a nice recap of the major events of the first two books in the series through an entry on Cathy Cramer's blog, effectively reaching out to her readers who, like me, can't quite remember the events of the previous books. This recap would also bring new readers up to speed—though I do think the series is best read in order!
Twisted Innocence surprised me in a good way. While bad things definitely happen in the novel, the good things far outweigh the bad. In fact, after one pivotal plot point was resolved, I kept waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop. It never did, and I'm so happy about that! (Maybe I've just watched too many prison movies ...) That's not to say the suspense isn't there—I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. But the terrible things that I expected to happen never did. Also, the Leonard Miller thread that weaves through all three books is resolved in a satisfying manner, and it was nice to see Cathy and Michael's story continue. I also enjoyed watching Holly and Creed find redemption in Christ.
Twisted Innocence is suspenseful and intense, and it makes a great read. Fans of suspense will love this series. 4-1/2 stars.
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