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Justifiable Means (Sun Coast Chronicles #2)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,620 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
This exciting novel of mystery, suspense, and romance, book 2 of Blackstock's Sun Coast Chronicles, involves a cop's newfound love for a rape victim and the tough Christian choices he struggles to make.
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Published December 1st 2003 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published May 14th 1996)
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Given that this was written back in 1996, I am willing to cut Justifiable Means some slack. That was before we started expecting more from Christian fiction.

As is, it's a very predictable story with an incredibly annoying female main character. Perhaps she seemed worse because I listened to this as an audio book, so every neurotic moment came across in whiny clarity.

Clean light thriller.
Gentle romance (for those who need that in their thrillers)

Annoying main character (f
Storyline and characters: okay-ish/meh.

Factual accuracy: deficient. That is not at all how grand juries work. They do not convict or acquit, but rather determine whether there is probable cause for indictment. Witnesses are not cross-examined by defense lawyers (only prosecutors are present). The person(s) being investigated can in fact testify before the grand jury, but other witnesses are not present at the same time, nor is a defense lawyer allowed in the room. The factual inaccuracies would
Feb 07, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Nelson took a shower before she called police to tell them she had been raped. Detective Larry Millsaps takes a great interest in pretty Melissa and brings in the suspect Edward Soames. As Millsaps delves into the case, he begins to fall in love with Melissa even as her story seems to be contrived. As her story collapses, he's still convinced that he has the bad guy. He encourages her to start a relationship with God to get through this horrific event. I thought this Christian fiction wa ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Tia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robin Willis
I would have rated this book higher if it had been less predictable and more original than the first book in the series. It was practically the same plot with different characters and some of the situations changed. It was still very readable and I liked that some of the characters in the previous book made appearances. It was cool finding out what happened to them afterwards.
May 05, 2015 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the series (and still the annoying religious instruction). Good plot line, some of the same characters plus a couple more who are being rounded out (they had cameos in the first story).

I am enjoying the storyline and do know people who are this level of religious so it is realistic but for a story it comes on too thick.

A rapist gets his in this story.
Oct 24, 2015 Jeanette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
The story line was interesting, asking the question what length would you go to in order to get what you feel should be justice and will you take matters into our own hands or will you trust God to do his will. I couldn't connect with the main characters this time around. The idea that the cop got personally involved with the victim so soon after the incident felt wrong to me. A cop should know better, especially one with years of experience, and speaking of years I felt the cop was too old for ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love her writing.....this book was great. I love how it makes me fall more in love with my Heavenly Father.
Sheila Holmes
Mar 23, 2016 Sheila Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book immensely. Totally engaging from beginning to end.
Carolyn E
Jan 16, 2012 Carolyn E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Another terrific book by Terri Blackstock. I have only recently discovered Blackstock's books, although they have been around for a while, and I have loved every one that I have read so far. Justifiable Means is the second book in the Sun Coast Chronicles. I am hoping to be able to read all of her books in the near future.
Jan Jimison
Sep 01, 2014 Jan Jimison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To much praying and screaming for me.
Libby Sellers
Aug 27, 2015 Libby Sellers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd
I didn't realize the audiobook I was listening to was an abridged version. Though the multi voiced production was seamless it was really short- less than three hours where her books are usually around 10 hours give or take. Otherwise the book was excellent, I just prefer unabridged.

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Sep 25, 2015 Joi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but I don't think I liked the characters as much as I could have.
Feb 01, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew!! Loved this one too...forgiveness, redemption, righteous anger, justice...all in one book!
Jun 11, 2012 Hildegart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I normally enjoy Blackstock's books so when I found this one at a used bookstore, I picked it up. I was disappointed in this book. To me, detective Millsaps getting involved with the victim, Melissa, was not overly realistic. Normally I'm fine with the unrealistic aspects in books of fiction, but this one just hit me the wrong way. Plus, I was hoping for more mystery and less sappiness.
Jul 06, 2014 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This one was MUCH better than the first! The villain was totally creepy and had me looking over my shoulder whenever I go outside. ha. I figured out a plot twist ahead of time, but that didn't make the book any less amazing. Didn't care for the love story, but I'm incredibly picky about love stories. Awesome mystery, very suspenseful. I really enjoyed it.
Jul 11, 2014 Loretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very suspenseful story. Found I had a hard time putting it down, but I didn't want to read it at night as it was rather scary too. She comes up with some really evil people. If a scripture could have been applied to the over-riding story it would have been that "all things work together for good for those that love the Lord".
Jul 20, 2013 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining story about revenge and trust. The characters are likable, believable, imperfect. I love getting a glimpse into the lives of some of the characters of the first book in the series while getting to know the great new characters in this book. Quick moving enjoyable read.
Wer Kriminalromane gerne mag, dem kann ich diesen hier sehr empfehlen.
Zwei Polizisten, von denen der eine ein Christ ist, ermitteln den Fall einer Vergewaltigung. Zunächst scheint es eindeutige Beweise zu geben, aber es entwickelt sich dann doch alles ein bisschen anders.
Ashley Curnutt
Apr 20, 2012 Ashley Curnutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how this author gets right to the plot while still having well developed characters. Good suspense even though there is some predictability to some parts. This book was quick to read, and left me with things to ponder. I look forward to reading more Terri Blackstock
May 30, 2010 Lauren is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
better than the first one so far. I do like how she uses the same characters from the last book and slightly continues their growth. Don't think I have ever read an author that does this like she does.
Jun 18, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of God's forgiveness and love that is available to us when we finally decide to let Him be in control. It showd us how He can take the worst situations and use them for His glory.
Jul 02, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far this one has been hard to put down...another great page turner! It was a bit predictable at times but still a good book to loose yourself in at the beach or on a camping trip.
This police thriller, which is available as an audiobook, is written by best-selling Christian author Terri Blackstock, and may fill your interest in Christian adventure.
Apr 23, 2013 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise Im sure has been done before, but how about from a Christian perspective? Lots of mystery, suspense, and a plot that will make you think. Well done, Miss Blackstock.
Nov 29, 2011 Rebekkila marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 29, 2011 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A vicious killer. A woman with problems of her own, and a good cop torn between the two. I enjoyed this book. Easy and enjyable read.
Mar 12, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I love how Blackstock connects her characters from the previous book in this Suncoast Chronicles series.
Pr Latta
Sorry, I realize this is a Christian romance, but it was just too schmaltzy for me. But I did finish it.
Mar 31, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Christian mystery.. wasn't sure about reading this genre when I started, but now I really enjoy them.
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived
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Sun Coast Chronicles (4 books)
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