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Double Minds by Terri Blackstock
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DOUBLE MINDS was an enjoyable novel that delved into the darkness of Christian Music. The skeletons portrayed in the Christian market seemed to have no limit. Murder, betrayal, anorexia, thief, it's all there in its ugliest.

Parker James, is a Christian songwriter that waits in the wings while her good friend, Serene, reaches superstardom with the songs Parker has penned. Parker works at a recording studio, dreaming of the day when she will be able to record her own music and make a name for herself instead of just being a mention on Serene's liner notes.

Serene is anorexic and on the verge of self-destruction all because she feels pressure to fit into a cookie cutter mold of what a singing sensation should look like. When she crosses over into the secular realm, she asks Parker to "generalize" her clearly Christ-centered songs so they can reach a broader audience.

When a teenage girl is murder at Colgate Studios, working a shift that Parker was slated for, her brother, Gibson James, a detective on the case worries that the murder has something to do with Parker. When the news is released that the teenage girl was actually the daughter of one of Colgate Studios rivals, the murder is no longer treated as a random act of violence.

When Serene offers Parker a chance to come on tour with her, in lieu of her agreeing to rewrite her songs, Parker feels she's finally going to get her break. But when another murder occurs, a suspect goes missing, and Serene's tour manager gives Parker the boot, nothing is turning out the way if should.

DOUBLE MINDS kept my interest throughout most of the story. There were areas that dragged, but over-all I felt pulled to read to the very end.
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