About the Book
Publication Date: March 4, 2020
From the USA Today bestselling author of THE SILENT WOMAN comes a new Cat Carlisle mystery!
In a time of war, nowhere is safe…
While World War Two rages, Cat Carlisle runs a women’s refuge to protect beaten wives. But when one of the women is found dead in the woods behind the house, Cat’s world shatters.
Was the killer a violent husband seeking revenge? A secret lover? Or is something more dangerous at play? Because Cat and her fiancé Thomas have a secret: they’re hiding a precious golden chalice, keeping it locked safely away from the plundering Nazis until the war is over. But someone wants that treasure, and no one will be safe until they get it…
You guys, I’ve been so excited to read this book! I mean, just read that synopsis! Amazing! AND what’s even more amazing is (well, not really, I expected to say this but I’m feeling *melodramatic*) that I absolutely loved this book! I mean, it kind of hits all of the buckets for my favorite things in books so… Yeah, it’s just realllyyyy good!
Honestly though, I think the best part of this story is just how many different subplots are seamlessly interwoven into the main plot. It takes skill to pull this off so successfully! I mean there was the mystery aspect (and I’m a sucker for a good mystery book), to societal issues aspect, and then just all of the character development! Yet even amongst all of these seemingly difficult aspects the book is still a soothing read. I keep talking about “soothing” books lately because those are the ones that are holding my interest in these trying times. I want a book that feels like an escape where I can just relax into the story, and House of Lies was just perfect for that!
Now, I want to point out that I read this book as a standalone. Yes, I know, I’ve been doing this a lot! But, I really like all of these series that I have been coming across lately that I can read the latter books as standalones (and then become obsessed and go back and read the rest). Let me just add in my new favorite phrase again, it takes skill to write a series where each of the books can be read as a standalone. You have to balance the character development and the plot just right to make it work and Thomas is most definitely successful at that!
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About the Author
Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret released to critical acclaim in March 2019. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn walking in the woods with her dogs or visiting historical cemeteries in search of story ideas. http://www.terrylynnthomas.com/
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review