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Posted February 11, 2014
Where to start? First, if you have not read the other books in the Thompson sisters series, you should do so before reading this one. There are too many characters and references to the other books here that would make it impossible to understand what's going on. Second, the other three books are beautiful romance novels about each of the oldest sisters with a backsplash of the mistery surrounding the parents. This one is just full blown suspense and action and no romance. But it is as good as the other ones. And, man, do we start to learn about the family's secrets! The book feels a bit slow at times, introducing so many characters that are crucial to the plot. But the last chapters make up for it and leave you with palpitations, a big cliffhanger, and a dropped jaw. This author writes superbly and, to my delight, he also masters suspense novels. I hope the next one comes out soon, because I cannot wait to find out what happens next.
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Posted June 10, 2014
Wow! I don't even know how to write a review for this book! There are so many things behind the scenes with the Thompson family that I don't know where to begin. In this one, we find out why Adelina (their mom) is so cold and a general b*&ch. There are so many twists and turns that it makes your head spin.
I think that Charles does a wonderful job of weaving it all together even if he left us with a cliff-hanger!
I am VERY excited to read the next installment!
Posted December 26, 2013
Actual rating: 3.5
Girl of Lies is not the book I thought it would be. I've read A Song for Julia and The Last Hour from the first trilogy, Thompson Sisters, and although those two are by no means fun, sunny reads, this one is on a whole other level of distressed. I was introduced to it in The Last Hour, but in this book, the threat that the girls are in because of their family's connections to positions of power in the government is solidified and made very apparent.
The Thompson girls may have grown up with financial security, but that is all their dysfunctional parents have ever provided them with. They all feel neglected in many ways, but no one more so than Rachel, the youngest child in the family. I found it very strange how Rachel was shipped off to Spain to live with her grandmother when her mother would have kept her other daughters in a vise-like grip if she could. Rachel has long ago accepted it as a fact that her parents simply don't love her, but when her sisters start questioning it themselves, they all start digging around, finding answers to questions they'd - I'd - never thought to ask.
There was no moment of rest for any of the characters in this book, may they be the Thompson sisters or even the villains themselves. Everyone basically went around either looking for answers or covering up their asses, and although that made the story move painfully slow, I still couldn't stop reading. But soon enough, I got impatient and just wanted to get to the juicy parts; I think the author could have done without a few of the perspectives here and sped up the pace. Yet, as always, I was awed by how good he is at creating such diverse, fleshed-out characters and never confusing me even when they're all in one room.
Girl of Lies ended somewhat abruptly, making it feel like little to nothing was actually resolved, and that's something I didn't encounter in the first trilogy. I also think people who haven't read the previous books would be at least mildly confused when they read this because a truck-full of emotions carry over from those to this one. This book provided shocking answers to questions I'd asked in the previous books - "just what the hell is wrong with the Thompson parents" being the most major one - while raising a ton of new ones. So one thing's for sure: I'll be devouring the next book as soon as I can.
MY FAVORITE PARTS were learning the truth about Adelina, the girls' mother.
Posted December 21, 2013
I received this book as an ARC for free in return for an honest review.
Andrea has lived with her grandmother for years. She was sent to live there when she was younger. She does not know her parents or sisters very well. She is really only in contact with two of them. Her mother and father seem to want nothing to do with her and she is very lonely and can't help but wonder why she is not wanted. When she gets a call from one of her older sisters to come home and help she is on a plane home in no time. Her niece has a medical problem and needs a donor and Andrea is going to go get tested to see if she is a match. Right away after she lands though she is kidnapped. Through some quick thinking on her part she outsmarts her kidnappers but is that the end of Andrea's terror?
This kidnapping unlocks a whole heap of secrets and problems. Not just for Andrea, but for the whole Thompson family. The Thompson sisters go through one obstacle after another trying to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and discover the secrets that could tear their family apart, or bring them closer together.
I gave this book 5 stars, I thought it was great. This book was gripping and kept you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. There was never a dull moment in this book. Always something going on that will get and keep your attention. I definitely recommend reading this book. I can honestly say that this book can be read as a stand alone although I just realized there is a whole Thompson sister series. I am going to be getting that series for sure, and I am highly anticipating book 2 in this series!
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Posted December 20, 2013
Perhaps because this is a different type of book I'm used to from CSM - but something was just a little off about this book. The writing wasn't a lyrical and it didn't feel as developed as his other work (perhaps because it's a trilogy?). Overall, it was an interesting read. I honestly think I'll buy the second one more out of loyalty and the need to know about Carrie and Rachel then the overwhelming desire to learn more about Andrea. I didn't LOVE Andrea or connect with her the way I did with the other sisters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2013
Posted December 19, 2013
Girl of Lies is the first book that I have read by Sheehan-Miles, and I found that I enjoyed the book very much. I understand that this book is part of a spinoff series for his Thompson sisters, but I don't think that you necessarily need to have read those books to enjoy this one. I wasn't sure what to expect with Girl of Lies, but what I got was an exciting read full of suspense, intrigue, drama, and action. The Thompson family is threatened by secrets of the past when the youngest member of their family needs a bone marrow transplant which opens up a can of worms that many people want buried. The book begins with an attempted kidnapping and ends with a cliff hanger that left me wanting to know what happened next. I really enjoyed how the author gives the reader multiple viewpoints so that all of the main characters are well developed. Overall Girl of Lies was an amazing read that I would most definitely recommend.
Received a copy of Girl of Lies from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted December 19, 2013
I absolutely love all of Charles Sheehan-Miles books. I received and ARC of Girl of Lies and I cannot rave about it enough. The story was great and it was a real page turner - cannot wait for part 2. I'm not one to leave reviews with spoilers mainly because I hate writing but I do love reading and I will say that all the Thompson sisters are featured in this story and you will not regret buying/reading this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2013
Charles Sheehan-Miles has done it again! A book you just can't put down! This follow up to the Thompson sister series is amazing. You get answers to a lot of questions and then develop more questions. This new book is a slight change from the original series but it does not disappoint with action and suspense. I can not wait to see what happens next. If you have not read the other books I suggest you get them all and find out what you are missing! Happy readingWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2013
I've been a fan of Charles since reading Just Remember to Breathe back in April. I read one, then the next one, then the next one, then the waiting game. Itching for any mere morsel from the Thompson Family. You see, you don't merely read the Thompson family's stories, you LIVE them. You experience them. You pack up all your belongings and move in with them. I read almost a book a day, and for a story to stick with me this many months later is rare. Not only rare but the sign of a phenomenally talented author who weaves tales with such layers and intricacies. There is a depth that comes with his stories that rocks you to your core. He is one of my go-to authors because like a fine wine, his books simply keep getting better. There are no fillers, no dull moments, never a time where you wish the book would just be over already. You are taken on a journey and left searching your soul for answers to questions you never knew you had. His books make you think, they are filled with angst, soul-shattering heartbreak, and endings that while not typical, perfect nonetheless (no matter how much grief we give him for The Last Hour). Charles writes with a purpose, and end-goal, and any tidbit of information you find, you can be certain it's there for a reason.
Girl of Lies is a slight departure from what readers will be used to with his other Thompson Sisters books. Have no fear though. He writes so flawlessly that you won't even mind the slight disappearance of romance. While there are still romantic undertones, this is largely a suspense novel. The perfect mingling of John Grisham and Melissa Brown, Girl of Lies dives into action within the first few pages. You are literally flying by the seat of your pants the entire journey. Truth after truth, lie after lie, perilous danger, deception, murder, fear, revelations; these are all things you have to look forward to. You may think you know the Thompson family, but we haven't even begun to scratch the surface!
Unlike his previous books, this new spin-off trilogy will be a continual story. You have been forewarned; go into this book expecting a major cliffhanger. I welcomed it! This is a book that crosses genres, and will be loved and enjoyed by many. It has a little bit of everything for everyone. For all the revelations that will be uncovered in this book, I imagine there will be many more to come. We have only just begun this journey my friends...... I cannot wait to see what unfolds next!
5 resounding, heart-pounding, action-packed, web of lies stars!