Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Predator by Terri Blackstock

Product Description
Bestselling author Terri Blackstock presents another stand-alone novel, Predator. The murder of Krista Carmichael's fourteen-year-old sister by an online predator has shaken her faith and made her question God's justice and protection. Desperate to find the killer, she creates an online persona to bait the predator. But when the stalker turns his sights on her, will Krista be able to control the outcome? Ryan Adkins started the social network GrapeVyne in his college dorm and has grown it into a billion-dollar corporation. But he never expected it to become a stalking ground for online Predators. One of them lives in his town and has killed two girls and attacked a third. When Ryan meets Krista, the murders become more than a news story to him, and everything is on the line. Joining forces, he and Krista set out to stop the killer. But when hunters pursue a hunter, the tables can easily turn. Only God can protect them now.

My Thoughts:
I am scarily in love with this book! Krista 's sister was murdered by a serial killer who is using GrapeVyne to track his victims. GrapeVyne is a social website that was created by Ryan when he was in college and has since sold to a major corporation. Krista takes Ryan by storm and gives him a 'human' perspective of what his creation is enabling. Together they try to discover who the murderer is and stop him, but the big question is will the murderer find them first.
This is a wonderfully horrible book. It is so plausible and realistic it makes you stop and think. If you are a parent it will have you grabbing your kids and wanting to keep them right beside you! Krista's grief over her little sister's murder is so real that you feel for her. Her father withdraws from her and it is like she is alone in the world. As a way to deal with her grief, she decides to speak out against social networking and is so passionate about it that Ryan can't resist joining her in her crusade.
There are twists, turns, and lots of suspense in this book. Ryan is a gem of a man, who only wants to do the right thing no matter what the company says. I love how it shows that even a long time, dedicated Christian can have doubts but that doesn't mean that you lose your faith. The whole cast of characters are wonderfully written and so real!
I rate this book 5/5. You need to go buy it now and read it! I would definitely suggest it for teens, parents, and anyone who has a social network or just wants a good read.

Disclosure: Thank you to Zondervan for the review copy of this book. I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


  1. This sounds like a great book. I definitely will have to add it to my shopping list :)

  2. I always enjoy stories that have 'real' characters. Character always comes first to me, instead of the plot. The plot itself is intriguing though.