Sunday, April 23, 2023

Review: Aftermath by Terri Blackstock

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: May 11, 2021
320 pages
About the Book:

A devastating explosion.
Three best friends are at the venue to hear their favorite band. Only one makes it out alive.

A trunk full of evidence.
When police stop Dustin Webb with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows there’s been a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when the officers find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for an old friend.
Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first person he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐⭐

Taylor is at a concert with her friends and a bombing happens at the concert. She is able to escape and get out but cannot find her friends. Meanwhile Dustin gets pulled over by the cops because they have received an anonymous tip that he has explosives in his trunk, he doesn’t know what has happened and tell them to go ahead and search as he doesn’t have anything to hide. Apparently, he shouldn't have let them search because someone has set him up and placed explosives in his car. Who set him up and why? What happened to Taylor's friends and how does Taylor deal with the trauma of what’s happened. Dylan calls his childhood friend who he grew up next door to even though they haven't spoken in 15 years.  Dylan is five/six years older than Jamie and he thought he was protecting her staying out of her life but now he's in jail and needs her help as she is a criminal defense lawyer. She knows that her friend is not guilty and as she begins investigating she suspects she knows who is setting him up, but how does she tell Dylan and how does she prove it? Meanwhile we meet Travis, who is Dustin's business partner, and is dealing with a family emergency with his wife in the hospital dying of cancer and his mother-in-law helping him care for their twin two year-olds. Lots of emotional stuff happening in this book. I really enjoyed following Jamie trying to figure everything out and catching the people responsible. I felt for Dustin and Taylor’s situations. I did not want to put it down. 

(I was gifted this book by a friend; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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