Review: GIRL OF LIES by Charles Sheehan Miles

 
Andrea Thompson is smart, assertive and beautiful. She’s also desperately lonely. Raised in Europe by her grandmother, she struggles knowing neither of her parents wanted her, and she has no idea why.
When Andrea receives an urgent call from her older sister Carrie, she agrees to fly to the United States to help. Carrie’s newborn daughter Rachel needs a bone marrow transplant. 
What Andrea doesn’t know is that her return to the United States will launch a chain of events that will uncover secrets hidden for decades. Secrets which will rock the Thompson family and ignite a political firestorm.
Secrets that some will kill to protect.
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Review:

Carrie's newborn daughter Rachel needs a bone marrow transplant. Carrie is not a close enough match so she calls on her sister Andrea to be tested, hoping that she will be a perfect match. Andrea, sent to Europe at an early age to be raised by her grandmother, has been ostracized by her family and has no idea why. Even though she feels distanced from her five sisters, she still jumps on a plane to help in any way that she can. The problem is that several people want to prevent these tests from taking place... but who and why?

Girl of Lies (Rachel's Peril #1) is a spin-off of Charles Sheehan-Miles’s Thompson Sisters Series. Though it is a completely different genre, suspense, it still revolves around our favorite Thompson characters. Girl of Lies picks up right after The Last Hour, so I strongly recommend that you read the other Thompson Sisters books before you read this one. You will need the background information from that series to make sense of Girl of Lies, and you also don't want the prior books to be spoiled by reading ahead here. So, do yourself a favor and read them in order. All of Charles Sheehan-Miles's fabulous books are worth the time and money.... I promise you won't be disappointed!

I loved revisiting the Thompson Sisters in this book. It was great to see their growth over time but what I really loved was seeing them band together. They formed such a strong family unit to love and protect each other. Strong, smart women are such a rare commodity in books, so to see so many admirable women in one setting was exceptional.

This is by no means a romance story like we are used to, it’s a suspense novel and we get some action right off the bat. The questions start rolling and they don't stop anytime soon!

My mind was working overtime, from trying to process the different POV’s—not just of the main, lovable characters but of ALL the characters, even the bad guys—to understanding their motives, and their powerful positions. Facts from prior books were swarming around in my head as I tried to formulate new connections to unravel this mystery. This book was carefully crafted for each of the pieces to slowly fall into place, forming a vivid picture in my mind. I was reminded of James Patterson's writing style here: short chapters alternating between the characters and clues on every page. I loved every minute of it!

The one complaint I have is that this story is not resolved completely. It does end on a cliffhanger. A cliffhanger in and of itself is not exactly the problem... the problem is that this book contains a great deal of characters with intricate backgrounds and numerous clues. Given the large cast of characters, their connections, and backstory, makes it nearly impossible to remember all of the details in any expanse of time. It is my opinion that with a novel this complex you will need to read the books together in order to make sense of the series. That means I will have to plan a reread of Girl of Lies before the sequel is released. Still, I’m so anxious to see where the story will go. Here’s hoping that Charles Sheehan-Miles is working quickly on that next book so I won’t be left in suspense for too long!

Hidden family truths are exposed and lives are threatened. You won't want to miss this intriguing novel about the Thompson Sisters in peril. I give Girl of Lies 4 stars!

Reading Order: Thompson Series (A Song for Julia, Falling Stars, Just Remember to Breathe, The Last Hour), Rachel's Peril (Girl of Lies).


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