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Don’t trust what you are told!

Sometimes I Lie Book Cover Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney
psychological, mystery, thriller, literary fiction
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2017-03
384

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me.

1. I’m in a coma

2. My husband doesn’t love me any more

3. Sometimes I lie

Now Amber has OCD and notices when things move in her environment and finds it a stress reliever to put things right and repeat her daily patterns.

It would seem that she has a lot of stress to cope with as we read her diary and hear about her job and familial relationships.

But.

It’s Xmas Day when the book starts and Amber is in hospital in a coma after a car accident. She also has bruises around her neck from hand s as though someone tried to strangle her and on her legs as though she was raped. But who did this? Was it her husband?

Amber is awake under the coma and we read her thoughts. She thinks that she never drives – especially her husband’s sports car – but she crashed through hi windscreen through not wearing a seatbelt when the car hit a tree. No one else was in the car.

But as the book progresses we hear different versions of her story told by Amber, who admits that she lies.

What is the truth of her childhood? Was it as portrayed in the diary entries? And who is Claire, because the child writing the diaries was an only child. So how can she be her sister?

So reality changes until we read the end and we are surprised by what we find out.

A very well written story that you can’t put down until you what happened and who did what and yes, we are shocked at times by what we learn. Excellent.

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Sometimes the time is right

Wrong Place, Right Time Book Cover Wrong Place, Right Time
Bourbon Street Boys #2
Elle Casey
romantic comedy, romance, women's fiction, new adult
Montlake Romance
(5 July 2016)

Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.

When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.

Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?

 

As a mother of 3 herself, author Elle obviously know something of the chaos that 3 children bring – and as a grandmother of 3 myself, I am very familiar too. And thus the story really rings true about the children’s activities and behaviour and attitudes. There is always one in trouble, or who needs extra attention, or is sick or fallen over or lost something and if you have a single mother with a demanding job, then…  It is really tricky to cope and Jenny is finding out the hard way. Her douche of an ex-husband isn’t helping. So perhaps a change can be beneficial?

An amusingly written story with the glass ceiling well illustrated and some nice romantic touches.

I hadn’t realised that this was book 2 in a series until I went to find out how the story continued.

I bought books 3 and 4!

 

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When knowledge is useful

Deadly Crimes Book Cover Deadly Crimes
Det. Sophie Allen
Michael Hambling
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Police procedurals
Joffe Books; First Mystery edition
April 22, 2016
282

Detective Sophie Allen faces her toughest challenge in a gripping new mystery by best-selling author Michael Hambling A young man's mutilated body is found on top of the Agglestone, a well-known local landmark on Studland Heath It seems that he was involved in a human trafficking and prostitution gang. But why is DCI Sophie Allen keeping something back from her team? Is it linked to the extraordinary discovery of her own father's body at the bottom of a disused mineshaft, more than forty years after he disappeared? Discover an intricately crafted mystery that will have you gripped from start to finish. DEADLY CRIMES is the second in a new series of police detective thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the recently formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. An English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

This is a police procedural where we encounter a gang involved in people smuggling – girls from Romania for prostitutes. The usual story, they are promised a better job in the UK. They pay for passage and papers and then find themselves raped and addicted to the heroine that the gang uses on them.

The gang is based in Poole, Dorset, in a very pretty part of the UK coastline. Poole Harbour is a very large natural harbour with many small inlets and lots of wild places along it that are easy to use with a small boat.

DCI Sophie Allen takes on the case when she finds a naked girl – and escapee – as part of another case they had been working on.

She is unusual in that unlike so many fictional fictional female detectives she is not alcoholic, nor is she single. She also not rude but empathetic and helpful to her team. She has a husband and happy family.

But she does have one issue. Her father abandoned her mother before she had even told him she was pregnant – at 16 – and so she was brought up by a single mother, and had always hated her father, until this case and its web of interconnections, shows her she was wrong.

This story shows us that data sorting and combining often provides information that combined with intuition and experience becomes knowledge that can be acted upon. And just how long it can take for that data to be transformed.

The knowledge web that linkages can reveal demonstrates the inter-connectedness of us all – the concept of 7 degrees of separation that is ably shown here  as the distance from one person to another can link to yet another and cold cases are solved and old crimes discovered.

 

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Which Person?

First Person Book Cover First Person
Richard Flanagan
literary fiction,
Chatto & Windus
November 2, 2017
336

What is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost-writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl -- and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

Oh Dear! I tried but only got 1 percent through and gave up. I couldn’t follow the story and was not interested enough by the opening to bother to try.

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