In the third of the best-selling Cape Refuge series, mayoral candidate Ben Jackson seems to have the election locked. But when Jackson's wife turns up murdered, things begin to shift. Was this the act of a jealous lover? A dangerous client? Or is this all about the election?
This well-crafted suspense novel picks up immediately following the second installment in the Cape Refuge series: Blair has just become a Christian and a newspaper owner; Morgan struggles with infertility; and Jonathan faces two opponents in his quest to become the mayor of Cape Refuge, their small Georgia island town. When the wife of one of Jonathan's opponents goes missing, among those the chief of police suspects are the third mayoral candidate (who is, unsurprisingly, an atheist), a prosperous fertility doctor and a local psychic who appears to have uncanny knowledge about the case. Despite some didactic moments (a biblical exposition of the dangers of divination, for example), the novel manages to be more plot-driven than message-driven, a step forward for evangelical Christian suspense. Numerous red herrings in the meticulously plotted story will keep readers guessing, and they will be delighted by the skillful surprise ending.
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1 . Another Amazing Book
Posted November 28, 2010 by Tina , HuntsvilleThis is my fourth book by Terri Blackstock in one month. This series is so true to life. She goes beyond the crime drama, and asks the same questions that we all ask when we feel our Faith is being tested. Amazing series!!!
2 . Couldn't put it down
Posted February 13, 2010 by Rebecca , Boiling Springs, SCAlthough I found this book's plot line a little more predictable than the first book in this series, I still throughly enjoyed it. Held my attention; I couldn't put it down. Would recommend any of the books in this series.
August 31, 2004
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Excerpt from River's Edge by Terri Blackstock
River''s EdgeCopyright � 2004 by Terri BlackstockRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBlackstock, Terri, 1957- River''s edge / Terri Blackstock. p. cm.-(Cape Refuge series; bk. 3) ISBN 0-310-23594-4 1. Married women-Crimes against-Fiction. 2. Mayors-Election-Fiction. 3. Fertility clinics-Fiction. 4. Georgia-Fiction. I. Title. PS3552.L34285R58 2004 813''.54-dc22 2004008340Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible�, Copyright � 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Published in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680 Goddard Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.Interior design by Beth ShagenePrinted in the United States of America04050607080910/v DC/10987654321@1BM_FIRST = The cramps woke Morgan at 3:30 a.m., startling her out of a deep slumber. She''d been immersed in a dream about a little girl on a swing set, her long brown hair flowing on the breeze. She knew without a doubt that the child was the baby she was carrying.The cramps offered a stark warning, as if her anxiety had shaped into a blunt instrument that bludgeoned her hope.She sat up, her hand pressed over her flat stomach, and looked at Jonathan, who slept peacefully next to her. Should she wake him to tell him she was cramping, or just be still and wait for it to pass?She had taken the home pregnancy test yesterday morning, then followed up with a blood test at her doctor''s office that afternoon. Jonathan sat in the examining room with her, fidgeting and chattering to pass the time. When the nurse came back with the verdict, he sprang to his feet, muscles all tense, like a tiger tracking a gazelle."Before I tell you the results, I need to know if I''m bearing good or bad news."Jonathan glanced at Morgan, and she knew he was way too close to calling the woman a smart aleck and warning her not to toy with them. "Come on, just tell us.""But do you want to be pregnant? Is good news a yes or a no?"Before he could grab the nurse by the shoulders and shake the playfulness out of her, Morgan blurted out, "Yes! More than anything!""Are we going to have a baby or not?" Jonathan asked."Congratulations!" The word burst out of the nurse''s mouth, and Morgan came off the table, flinging herself into his arms, and they yelled like kids as he swung her around.They agreed not to announce it until today, so they could share that first night of giddy excitement, crushing the secret between them.They waited until Caleb, their eighteen-month-old foster child, was sound asleep, then went across the street to Hanover House''s private stretch of beach. They giggled and danced under the May moonlight, to the music of the waves whooshing and frothing against the shore. When they''d finally gone to bed, they lay awake until close to midnight, wondering if it would be a girl or a boy, and how soon they would be able to see their child on a sonogram. Jonathan held Morgan and whispered about soccer games and ballet, piano lessons and PTA.Finally, they had both fallen asleep, and now she didn''t want to wake him. It was probably nothing. Just something she ate last night. She would have to be more careful now.But as the moments dragged on the cramping grew worse, and she couldn''t ignore it. She folded her arms across her stomach and slid her feet out of bed. She sat up and realized it was worse, even, than she thought. There was blood."Oh, no." The words came out loud and unbidden, and Jonathan turned over and looked up at her in the night."Baby, what is it?"She turned on the lamp. "Oh, Jonathan ..."