Lying with Strangers

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2013-10-01
A journalist's world unravels when her husband dies after being shot in a convenience-store holdup. After a rocky start, Diana Walker seems to have hit her stride. Her job writing a twice-weekly newspaper column leaves her plenty of time with 7-year-old Jeremy. Her prickly daughter Emily, the child of Diana's disastrous first marriage, is thriving at college. And her husband, Roy, is everything Emily's father was not: steady, loving, devoted to the children and conscientious to a fault in his career as assistant district attorney. When Roy Walker is shot to death by a young thug, Diana is shocked and grief-stricken but also puzzled. How did her husband, who said he was playing golf in Oakland, end up in a corner store in a sketchy San Francisco neighborhood? In the meantime, the shooter sends his pregnant girlfriend to the Walkers' home armed with Roy's keys and instructions to steal anything they can sell. But in spite of 18 years bouncing from one foster home to another, Chloe Henderson has a strong sense of right and wrong. Not only does she leave the house without taking anything, she refuses Diana's help when Jeremy runs into her with his bike. Chloe and Diana begin a fragile friendship that could implode at any moment if Diana learns who killed Roy. Chloe's secrets, however, are dwarfed by Roy's. Not only did he lie about his plans on the day of his death, but Diana learns that he managed to drain both their savings and brokerage accounts. Then she receives a call from Roy's mother, supposedly long dead. Finally, a reporter from Littleton, Ga., where the remains of a teenager killed over 20 years ago have just been unearthed, brings the most startling news of all. Jacobs (Paradise Falls, 2012, etc.) takes too long to bring her pot to a boil. Smart readers will solve this one long before the puzzled spouse or the pokier-than-ever police.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781432827311
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/11/2013
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 604,351
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

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    Read on November 11, 2013 Book Info  Hardcover, 348 pages E


    Read on November 11, 2013




    Book Info 
    Hardcover, 348 pages
    Expected publication: December 11th 2013 by Five Star (ME)
    ISBN 1432827316 (ISBN13: 9781432827311)
    other editions (1)
    Source:EARC from Author 




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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    Lying with Strangers is the provocative story of two very different women and the tragic event that brings them together, opening the door to second chances. Against her better judgment, Chloe Henderson becomes the unwitting accomplice to a murder committed by her boyfriend. The victim's grief-stricken wife is shocked to discover the lies and secrets her husband has kept from her. When her young son plows into Chloe with his bike, the women's lives become entwined in ways neither of them could have imagined. Joel Richards, an enthusiastic young journalist covering recent developments in an old murder, has his own reasons for being interested in the victim, and in Chloe.




    My Thoughts








    The choices we make define the consequences we have to live with. What if those choices led to a chain of events that tore apart every belief you had about the life you had been living? What if those same choices endangered your future? What choice would you make, to tell the truth or to lie and take your chances on never being found out? These are the questions asked of Diana Walker and Chloe Henderson and the answers may surprise you more than you expect them too!




    This story is built in stages, with each stage leading into the other seamlessly. The different characters come together to form a group who is bound by the secrets and lies of the past but held together by the hopes and dreams of the future. 




    More than just a murder mystery thriller this tale is full of rich insights into human nature that we can all learn a lesson from, especially the one that holds true that if it sounds too good to be true than it probably is not the truth. Filled with tension and suspense, tears and sorrow as well as joy and laughter this is a heartwarming look into the lives of fictional people who become real as we follow along with them on their journey to the truth. 




    A twisted web of deceit and murder tempered with hopeful new beginnings.
    [EARC from Author in exchange for honest review]

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