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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Proof Of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Proof of Lies

A guest review from Lady Techie

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach is a completely awesome, exciting book. I received a free copy from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Proof of Lies fits right in with one of my favorite topics to read about, in fiction and non-fiction, espionage and spies! Anastasia and her sister Keira are both in a "funk" even years after losing their parents to a car crash. Move after move. They move to new locations all over the world following their parents' work as engineers at Dresden. It has taken its toll on Anastasia. Each time she's been told this was home for a while so she has made friends and become involved in activities at her school in Boston. Then suddenly they are gone. She is left with Keira, who is just the age of adulthood herself, to finish raising her.  Anastasia is trying to keep herself going and Keira appears to be going off the rails with partying, drinking and bad boyfriend after boyfriend.

Keira disappears and Anastasia is devastated by the way she disappeared and by yet another loss of a loved one. Their roommate Charlotte is there for Anastasia and she is doing what she can for Anastasia. But, things have changed. Anastasia is lost this time and Charlotte is doing what she can to help her find her way back even if it means to find out what really happened to Keira. Anastasia is convinced that Keira is not dead and is doing what she can to find her. Charlotte is a computer genius that is with her every step of the way and the search takes them across the world and they have no idea who they can trust because no one is who they seem, including Keira’s last boyfriend.

Proof of Lies is one of those books that resonates with the reader if they have a sibling, even if they are the older sibling who has been made responsible for a younger sibling even for five minutes. The resentment, arguing and sometimes ill-treatment of that sibling. Parents do not mean to have a hand in that relationship, but, sometimes they do because they cannot help but treat the children different. Maybe it is not because they like one better than the other, but, because the children are different with different needs and personalities. The parents also have personalities that just seem to mesh better with one child, not because they like the other one less, but, because they have things in common. Sometimes, just the age difference is enough for the siblings to not have as close of a relationship as they could.  Keira and Anastasia seem to have a pretty close relationship but that is put to the test with the loss of their parents. Keira’s disappearance makes Anastasia realize her part in how their relationship has turned. But, what is one of the best parts of this story is that Anastasia knows her limitations and despite all of them she uses the people and tools she must search for her sister. But, in the middle of understanding more about her relationship with Keira, she learns more about herself and her parents. Proof of Lies is the great start to an action-packed thriller with a great mystery and I look forward to the next book! 

This Review was originally posted at  LadyTechie’s Book Musings.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett

Will To Live

The Kay Hunter series from Rachel Amphlett is shaping up to be a very good one indeed. I really enjoyed the first offering, ‘Scared To Death’, which I reviewed here. And the follow up, ‘Will To Live’ is just as good.

This outing sees Kay Hunter investigating a series of deaths linked to the railways. At first they were thought to be suicides, until a dog walker chances to see one victim’s final moments. Could there be more to what is going on than meets the eye. Is the murderer actually using trains to kill people? Who would do that and why?

Kay and her team have to look for links between the victims, and as they do, an event from the past gives them the first glimpse of an insight into the killer’s motive.

This story is packed with action, intrigue and peril and, as with the previous one, is very well plotted.

One of the things I like about this series is that we have a satisfying character arc running through the books that is based on Kay’s ongoing personal and professional issues.

I love her husband, who is a vet with a tendency to bring his work home with him. Last time it was a snake, this time a pregnant Great Dane. Being familiar with her family situation also raises the stakes for the reader when Kay finds herself at the sharp end of some criminal activity which hits her way too close to home.

This book continues the thread started in the last one about Kay’s professional past and the issues she has had to deal with. There is no let up for her in this instalment and we are left wondering just who is trying to blacken her name and why.

All in all, a thoroughly compelling story and I look forward to reading more in the series.

Thanks very much to the author for a review copy of this book.

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