Hiding Lies

Hiding Lies

by Julie Cross

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Overview

At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.

Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school's upcoming field trip quickly consume her.

But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.

Now, more than just Ellie's reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.

The Eleanor Ames series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Chasing Truth
Book #2 Hiding Lies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633758179
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Series: Eleanor Ames Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 586,125
File size: 721 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credits, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.
JULIE CROSS lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never wrote fiction before May of 2009, but since then, hasn't gone a day without writing. She is the author of The Tempest Trilogy.

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CHAPTER 1

It's been nearly a year since I decided to give up my conning ways for the honest life. But here I am again, hiding up in a tree, studying an asset. I lift the binoculars to my eyes so I can get a better view of the hot guy walking toward me. Despite the chilly, December night (why in the world did the Founding Fathers consider Virginia "the South"? It's freakin' cold here!), he's not wearing a coat. Probably because one of his arms is in a sling. He approaches the building slowly, carefully, his gaze never holding one place but scanning the area.

I shift my binoculars toward a car in the distance. The headlights are off, so I can see a man and a woman inside. They're sitting in the dark, looking perfectly comfortable. Nothing exciting. I go back to spying on the dark- haired hottie, but I'm distracted. My butt is painfully going numb. The tree branch I'm sitting on is covered in snow. I shift, trying to find a dry spot. The hot guy stops, holds perfectly still, and then tilts his head upward. His beautiful, blue eyes seem to land on me. This is confirmed a second later when a dimple appears on each cheek. I used to never trust anyone with dimples. Recently, I've become more flexible with this rule. But even so, my heart plummets to my stomach at the sight of them.

Caught.

My feet have been dangling. I start to lift them up, attempting to conceal myself. But I'm not fast enough. Warm fingers wrap around my ankle.

"Got you," the guy says. "How long have you been up there spying on me?"

"Spying? On you?" I shake my head. "Don't know what you're talking about. I'm waiting for someone. He'll be here any second."

The hot guy takes the binoculars and looks them over, analyzing the zoom- in and recording switches hidden on the underside. "Fancy. Not exactly for recreational use."

That's because they're Aidan's. My sister's boyfriend. Up until two weeks ago, when he was forced to resign, Aidan was a Secret Service agent. He used all kinds of spy gear in his former job — like these high-tech night- vision binoculars.

I hop down from the tree, assessing the intruder, searching for body language that says friend or enemy, even though I already know the answer. No harm in having a little extra practice. Role-play is definitely a skill of mine, but it's also a muscle that must be worked regularly. "Just so you know, I am trained in self-defense. Wouldn't try anything if I were you."

"Yeah?" He lifts an eyebrow. "That's good because this place is sketchy as hell."

We both glance around the deserted warehouse building beside us, the vandalized lumberyard nearby, and the questionable items strewn across the walkway leading to the giant warehouse door — condom wrappers, broken beer bottles, cigarette butts.

"You're right, it's sketchy," I say. "I better take off before something bad happens."

"Wait ..." Hot Guy reaches for me, his fingers curling around my waist. He tugs me until my back rests against the tree and we're hidden from anyone on the street. "Tell me about this other guy you're waiting on."

I stare up at him, taking in the cocky smirk, perfectly messy dark hair, and blue eyes that hold dozens of secrets. "What other guy?"

He grins, showing off two perfect dimples to go with the rest of his perfects. "Good answer."

Then, before I can refocus on the role I've been playing, he leans down and kisses me. It's only been a week but feels like a month. Maybe longer. His cheeks are cold, but his lips are warm and tender. I bring him closer and closer until his slinged arm is lodged between us.

"Miles," I mumble against his lips.

"Uh-huh."

"Miles," I repeat, too caught up in this kiss to celebrate the slip he just made. "That's his name. The guy I'm waiting on."

"Miles. Sounds like an asshole. Forget him." He pulls away just enough to see my face. His good hand rests against my cheek. He looks like he's about to dive into kissing me again but hesitates. "It's really cold out here."

"And sketchy," I add. "Why would you pick a place like this? You can't coast forever on the whole mysterious-hot-guy persona. So if that's your plan, I'd rather meet at the Y or Planet Fitness like a normal person."

He rolls his eyes. "Yes, that's my goal in life. Devote all my time to training to be a spy so I can impress girls."

"Doubt you would be the first." I plant one more kiss on those warm lips, and then step around him and head for the door to the warehouse. He really does need to get out of the cold. "Hopefully someday you'll be able to wear a coat again."

"And dress myself," he agrees. "My mom had to button my shirt today."

"And drive you here." I nod toward the parked car where his parents, Agent Beckett and Agent Beckett, are waiting. "How much longer with the sling?"

"Another week or two," he says with a hint of longing in his voice. Not surprising. Since the day I met him last September, I've watched him swim thousands of laps in our apartment complex's pool, go for runs and not come back for two hours. He's good at concealing his frustration most of the time, but without those outlets he must be so restless right now.

We enter the warehouse, and Miles flips on the lights, revealing the large square of blue mats covering part of the floor, a weight bench beside the mats, and a punching bag dangling from the ceiling. Like a good student, I kick off my shoes before stepping onto the mats. When we're in this building, like we've been for the past three Sundays, the kissing gets left outside along with sarcasm, whining, and pretty much any talking on my end. And considering Miles's personality invites constant opportunity for sarcasm, this is no easy feat. But after Miles and I were kidnapped two weeks ago and nearly murdered, I've decided it's probably a good idea to take these self-defense lessons seriously.

He can't drive until his shoulder fully heals (an injury obtained during the previously mentioned kidnapping incident), so the Becketts have been nice enough to make the drive from their house outside of Baltimore. Every Sunday.

"What have you worked on this week?" Miles asks.

He's all business now, too, though his eyes roam over me when I toss my coat aside and reveal a skin-tight workout top. It's a reaction I expected and even planned for. What kind of partner would I be if I didn't test his strength of focus every once in a while? I stand there for a long moment, making eye contact but not moving a step toward him. Sure enough, his feet shuffle my way, his good arm rising a few inches, as if his hand is planning to land at my waist.

My mother told me something years ago, when I first began helping out with the family biz. She said, "The ability to command the attention of others is mastered through actions, not words, through the way you walk, the way you hold yourself. The very air you exist in must bleed charisma, confidence, and believability. That skill will be your greatest weapon."

If I can distract a military school — trained, compulsive rule- follower like Miles, even for a few seconds, that means I've got at least one weapon on me and ready to use at any time.

Miles stops, the movement abrupt and deliberate, his good arm falling back to his side. He shakes his head and his lips twitch, fighting a smile. Caught me for the second time tonight. "So ... what have you worked on this week?" he repeats.

I laugh under my breath and then grant him a response. "Lots of cardio, weights, and a little bit of work on escaping a chest mount."

During the week, I have training sessions with a woman who is a friend of Aidan's from his days in the Marines. She does a good job, but she approaches our lessons like I'm a girl who wants to avoid sexual assault in college — which I definitely am. But I'm also a girl who might need to escape highly trained assassins. Everything that happened a couple of weeks ago, though, is top secret, so I can't exactly ask her for more offensive tactics without raising questions.

"Good," Miles says. "Cardio is good. Running away is often your best defense."

Okay, maybe my weekly instructor isn't the only one focused on defense. "My best defense or anyone's?"

"Anyone's," he clarifies, putting a note of finality to this conversation.

I asked my mother the same question when she gave me her "greatest weapon" advice, worried that she was really trying to tell me that all I had going for me were my looks. She answered exactly the same as Miles just did.

"Start on the bag," Miles commands.

I retrieve my gloves from a storage closet and approach the punching bag. I keep one gloved hand close to my face and use the other to strike the bag. This exercise used to be nearly impossible for me. Now it's not so bad.

"Don't let your elbow lock out," he says. Then with his good arm, he demonstrates a punch. "You're making yourself vulnerable to having that arm twisted behind you."

I do at least a dozen more punches with my left arm until I've earned Miles's approval and he orders me to switch hands. After a while, my arms begin to feel like Jell-O and sweat trickles down my face. Whenever I start to get tired, I imagine being locked in that cold, dark room where Miles and I were held a couple of weeks ago. I visualize the door opening, offering me a chance to escape, but first I've got to get past Agent Jakowski — Jack — who was Aidan's boss and a trusted friend turned murderer.

The bag morphs into Jack's face. I clench my jaw and strike harder, devoting every ounce of strength in my arm to that punch. And the next one. And the one after that.

"Hey ..." Miles's hand wraps around my wrist, holding it in place. "I said stop."

"Sorry, I didn't hear you." I tug my hand away from his and loosen the Velcro on my gloves, preparing to take them off. "Weights next?"

He just stands there studying me, his forehead wrinkled. "What were you thinking about just now?"

"Not locking out my elbow, keeping my front foot planted, using my hips, protecting my face," I rattle off, but I can't look at him. Instead I focus on unfastening my gloves.

Unfortunately Miles isn't buying it. "Maybe we should call it a night? Head over to Clyde's early?"

Miles's uncle lives in the apartment beside ours. Clyde and Miles's parents are hosting an early Christmas dinner at Clyde's tonight, and they invited my sister, Aidan, and me to join.

"Can we finish, please?" I need this. I really do. But he needs honesty from me and won't go forward without it. I drop my arms and turn to face him. "It feels good learning this, but at the same time ..." I release a breath and force out the worst of my current fears. "I hate imagining situations where it might come in handy."

Miles is silent for the length of several heartbeats but finally says, "Me, too."

In those two simple words, I can hear his own fear, can feel it pulsing in the space between us. It's both a comfort and a source of anxiety.

"So you think it might come in handy?" I chew on my left thumbnail, a clear sign of doubt, my father would tell me if he were here. "In the near future?"

I know Miles's parents (and possibly Miles, too) have far more information than I do about what happened to us a couple of weeks ago. About the rogue group of assassins and whether or not the organization is still intact. Part of me wants to push for details, and the other part would love nothing more than to return to being just another student at Holden Academy, oblivious to the world of secret government agents gone bad.

"I hope not," Miles says, and then he breaks his own all-business-on-the- mats rule, moving closer to me and laying a hand on my cheek. "But it's definitely possible."

My stomach twists with fear, and my heart picks up, but I give one sharp nod and clap my hands together. "Okay, what's next?"

I just have to hope the near future allows time for me to learn enough to stay alive.

CHAPTER 2

A shirt-size box wrapped in red paper printed with Santa heads all over it lands in my lap.

"That's from us, Ellie," Mrs. Beckett says, resting a hand on her husband's arm.

My face warms, though I don't know why. Guess I'm not used to people just giving me things with no strings attached. I tear the paper carefully and slide the lid off the box. Inside is a very old book, worn from years of existing and likely multiple readings. My fingers brush lightly over the leather cover. I've assessed enough valuables in my lifetime to guess that this is a first edition. It's also a story so familiar to me, if I close my eyes and draw it from my memory, entire sentences will leap out at me.

"'I could tell you my adventures — beginning with this morning,'" my mom read from the worn book in her hands, the paper cover hanging by a thread. "'But it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.'"

"Like us," my five-year-old self said. "Yesterday Daddy had a mustache and you had black hair."

Mom laughed, the sound ringing with truth and etching itself into my memory. "Yes, just like us."

I rub the goose bumps on my arm, willing them away. It felt real. Her voice in my head. I haven't heard it in nearly a year.

"Saw you admiring that book when you and Miles came for the weekend," Mr. Beckett says, referencing the two-day vacation Miles and I took last month at his beautiful house in the woods near Baltimore. I'd almost refused to go. The idea of meeting CIA parents freaked me out a little. Especially since my own identity and criminal past had still been a secret then. Now Miles, his parents, and his uncle all know. But not anyone else, like the kids I go to school with.

"We're gone more often than we're home," Mrs. Beckett adds. "Figured we should find a safe spot for some of our valuables."

"Who better to keep your precious items safe than a skilled con artist?" I tear my eyes from the book and look at Mr. and Mrs. Beckett. "Sure you don't want to rethink that?"

They both laugh. So does Clyde. My sister, Harper, looks like she's not sure how to react. I'm not the only one who's still adjusting to the idea of people knowing our family secrets.

Miles, who had been in the bathroom, returns to the living room and glances around, picking up on the weird tension. "What'd I miss?"

He plops down on Clyde's couch, beside me. I offer him the box, and he lifts the book from it. "Wow, guess I know who my parents are leaving all the good stuff to. Clearly not their only son."

My face flushes again, even though I know Miles is joking. He's not at home much, either. His school, Marshall Academy, is a military boarding school. One he's been attending since the sixth grade.

With Simon Gilbert, I can't help thinking.

As much as I try not to think about Simon, it's hard whenever I see Miles. Simon's death was the reason we met. Long before I came to Holden Prep and became Simon's friend, he and Miles were best friends and roommates at Marshall Academy for three years.

Miles's hand brushes my shoulder, and I try to shake off all thoughts of Simon. Miles and I did what we'd set out to do — prove that Simon's death wasn't a suicide. Now I just need to figure out how to put it all behind me. Would probably be easier without the revenge of the Government Agents Gone Bad hanging out in the near future.

But it's Christmas. It's only December tenth, actually, but we're celebrating Christmas. Which means I need to shove all that future crap to the side for now and enjoy the last few hours I get to spend with Miles until the middle of January.

My sister offers the Becketts and Clyde the tins of cookies we made for them. Well, mostly Aidan and I made them and assigned Harper as many fireproof tasks as we could think of to keep her busy.

"I have a present for you." Miles leans in closer, his lips resting against my temple. "Leave your window unlocked, okay?"

I turn my head toward him and whisper, "I've kept it unlocked since the first time you climbed up my balcony."

He grins at that memory, but the smile fades quickly. "You should definitely lock it. After I leave."

The happy Christmas bubble pops. My stomach twists and knots all over again.

After we leave Clyde's, after Aidan and Harper turn in for the night and I'm left alone with thoughts of agents gone bad climbing into my window instead of Miles, I turn to my gift from the Becketts for comfort. I flip to a random page, then drop into my desk chair, allowing the small built-in lamp to illuminate the words. My insides warm more and more with each familiar name or place. But then I remember that the person who brought these words to life for me is currently locked up in prison, and the warmth turns to cold dread.

It wasn't supposed to be her. When I made that deal with Agent Sheldon and the FBI team, it was supposed to be him ... my dad. The man who kept me from seeing my sister for five years. The man who wouldn't allow even so much as a mention of Harper after she left. A small part of me is still stuck there, in that bank parking lot with half a dozen FBI agents.

(Continues…)


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Hiding Lies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LadyGraymalkin More than 1 year ago
I feel like I should be out of breath. The action just kept coming in this one. Ellie, our snarky, Veronica Mars-esque heroine is back and things have gotten more complicated than ever. So many twists and turns. The plot just ran downhill like a snowball building. I also adored the increased character development of side characters like Dominic, and Ellie's teacher Mr. Lance. I am not ready to let go of this series yet, so I am already desperately hoping for a book 3.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Julie Cross continues her Eleanor Ames series with Hiding Lies. A story of prior con artist Ellie Ames and her teen FBI boyfriend Miles Beckett. With Miles gone for a month long vacation with his government secret agent parents, Ellie stays home ready to start a new semester at Holden Prep but when she finds out that someone from her past is planning a scam that’s way in over their heads in NY, the same destination as her approaching school’s field trip, she decides to intervene using her talents to right some of the wrongs she’d done. Even with the help of her well-meaning friends, this operation is could go lethally wrong. As with the previous book in the series, Julie Cross delivers an intensely addicting story with a witty and independent heroine, a fiercely loyal hero, appealing secondary characters and a fast paced plot with so much action, suspense, twists and turns, I could not put down. The tale crackles both in its moments of intrigue and manipulation when Ellie tries to put all the pieces and players of the con into place as well as the growing relationship between Miles and Ellie. While Ellie practically throws caution to the wind jeopardizing her legitimate future as an Ivy-League student trying to help the FBI for the sake of the people she cares about, Miles’ role in this installment remains a bit of a mystery that was extremely enjoyable to guess at and untangle. Their characters continue to engage, Ellie with her snark and wit and Mile with his devotion and protectiveness. I enjoyed Dominic’s, one of Ellie’s classmates, more fleshed out role as well as the insight into Ellie’s background. Even if some loose ends were left which of course beg for another story and made it a bit less satisfying that the previous book, Hiding Lies is a fun, thrilling read with entertaining espionage and covert dealings. Hiding Lies is book #2 of the Eleanor Ames series by Julie Cross. It is standalone young adult mystery/thriller romance told by the heroine’s point of view with a happy ending.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Hiding Lies is just as thrilling and nail biting as the first. Eleanor has been trying to lead a semi normal life. But nothing is normal in Eleanor’s life. She hears the heartbreaking news regarding her mother. And is uncertain of the choices she made in the past. Her relationship with Miles continues to bloom. I really love them together, their the perfect match.   There are so many twists and turns in this story. You pretty much don’t really know what the heck is going on. But it’s perfectly written that way. It keeps you guessing till the end. The truth is there but it’s not easily found. Cross has quickly become one of my favorite, go to authors. Her writing style is brilliant. She’s able to make this characters come to life, you almost feel as if you’re there yourself. Fighting alongside Eleanor. Will there be a #3 in this series? I don’t know. But I honestly believe there should be. I know I’ll be first in line to read. This is a great young adult thrilling mystery series and I can’t wait to jump in again.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
WARNING – Spoilers Ahead for Book 1 It’s been over 18 months since I read CHASING TRUTH by Julie Cross, yet the characters and story were still so vivid in my memory, I didn’t need any refreshers. HIDING LIES picks up where CHASING TRUTH left off, with life returning to relative normal, considering Ellie’s past and Mile’s future. With Miles returning to his military academy after spending the holidays with his family abroad, Ellie fills her time with her sister, Harper, Harper’s former Secret Service boyfriend, Aidan, and her classmates from Holden Academy. When Miles fails to meet her as planned after returning from overseas, and Miles’s CIA Agent father makes an unusual request of Ellie, she can’t help but worry about Miles. Things get more interesting when Ellie’s past confronts her in her present, setting up an opportunity to undo the damage from one of the biggest regrets in her short life. With one twist after another, this was the first page-turner I’ve read in a while. I’m a huge fan of Julie Cross, and HIDING LIES reminds me why. Plot The plot is flawless. Everything flows with important information is sprinkled throughout so when something unexpected happens, you realize the hints were there all along. This is a “stay up late and read until your eyes blur” kind of story. While some of it on the surface seems implausible for teens, the author always explains it in a believable fashion. And if if she didn’t, I wouldn’t care, because it’s just that good. The Characters I have so much love already for former con-girl, Ellie, straight-laced Miles, flakey Harper, and G-man Aidan, but in HIDING LIES, Ellie spends more time with Dominic, the moody secret love interest of Ellie’s tragic friend, Simon. Dominic and Ellie forge an almost friendship and I grew to love him in this book. A number of new characters are also introduced who add a lot to the story, and I also got to know and respect Justice just a little bit more. All the characters are deeply drawn and realistic. Top Five Things I Loved About HIDING LIES 1. Miles. He drove me nuts with his conflicted feelings, but he totally redeems himself in the best possible way. 2. Ellie. She’s changed by the events in the first book and is less confident, leading her to make choices I might not have expected before, but given everything she’s been through, they are completely within character. I loved seeing a more vulnerable side of her. 3. Surprises. There were so many unexpected twists, I couldn’t put this book down. 4. The ending. Well done and even more exciting and satisfying than the first book. 5. Teen angst. While different this time around, there is no less drama surrounding Ellie and Miles’ romance. Bottom Line Julie Cross upped her game and wrote one of my favorite young adult novels ever! Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Phew! Once again, Ellie and friends lead us on a non-stop ride with twists and turns that no one can possibly see coming. Don't plan on doing anything until this one's done--seriously, it's pretty much un-put-downable. Who's really on which side? What, exactly, are the sides? Who can Ellie truly trust? Where is Miles, and what has he been doing? Gah! So. Many. Questions. So. Much. Stress. It's definitely a good idea to read this book with the events of book one ( Chasing Truth ) fresh in you mind, because a lot of what happens here is connected to previous events. Since I've literally read dozens of books since I read that one, those events were a bit fuzzier in my mind than I would have liked, kind of like that dream you vaguely remember but can't quite grasp the details of...even so, this book kept me turning the pages. If you haven't yet read Chasing Truth, though, I absolutely recommend taking the time to read it before tackling this one. Ms. Cross left Ellie (and Miles--thank goodness!) in a good spot at the end, but there's certainly room for another book if she is so inclined...and I for one will be early in line for it if she does, because Eleanor Ames! (I'd prefer not to wait another whole year, though. Just sayin' ;)) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating 4.5/5* Hiding Lies is the second book in this series and I have to say I thought it was even better than Chasing Truth - and I enjoyed that one! Actually, I think it important to read these books in the correct order as they show events in chronological order, building on events from the previous book. However, I also acknowledge that the author has included reminders of previous events so it could be read as a standalone. Now my problem with writing this review is endeavouring not to include any spoilers for anyone planning to read the first book . . . . so I’m going to give most of that a miss. I’ll just say that the main character in both stories continue to be Eleanor Ames but in this story the focus is on the con Ellie’s Dad and other members of her extended family are involved with in New York. When Holden Prep take Ellie and other students on a visit to New York, it offers her the opportunity to catch up with her family - but does she really want to be drawn into their cons once more? Again, the FBI are involved as they continue to try to bring her father to justice. It is a story where family loyalties are tested. One where initial assumptions can so easily prove inadequate or flawed and one where friendship proves to be so essential but lies and secrets can be so disheartening and destructive. The great character development, intriguing plot and surprises make this a very entertaining read and I only have one problem now - I’d love to read the final two books in this series straight away! Unfortunately they aren’t published yet, so I’ll just have to wait but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for their release. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys fascinating teen mysteries with compelling writing that makes them a real page turner - even if you left your teens decades ago! I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
Refreshing and vibrant. 5* I'm totally in love with Julie Cross's books. This is my fourth and I just can't wait for more! If she's writing I'm reading! Her stories are always colourful and her characters are complex. Hiding lies is the follow-up book to Chasing Truth. It can be read as a standalone (It has all the catch up you need) but I would recommend reading book one first. Eleanor Ames has been compared to Veronica Mars and in many ways, she's the closest famous character to relate to her, but Ellie is so much more. Who is Eleanor Ames? Well, that's just it. Not even Ellie knows who she really is. Her mother is in jail and her father is a notorious con man. She now lives with her sister and they have a fake name but Ellie doesn't know her real name anyway. Ellie feels bad about how things turned out for her mother. She feels her dad should be the one doing the time. Ellie is now settled into a normal high school teen life. She studies and is actually considering college. Two things Ellie never thought she could have. Her boyfriend Miles aka secret agent in training is visiting her for Christmas before he vacations in Turkey. His parents have accepted her and he is keeping her self-defence skills in top form. Ellie's family are all con artists. Her cousins are probably not related to her and all family members have special talents. Her father is the mastermind behind the cons and her mother was the conscience that kept them safe. Now she's gone her father has taken his tricks to a whole new level. Ellie's cousin, Oscar has managed to hunt her down and wants her help. The family are in trouble and Oscar thinks Ellie is the only one who can turn it around. Dominic was close to Simon and Miles. Now he will become Ellie's new best friend. We get to see a whole new side to Dominic and I'm loving his character. He's smart and brilliant when he puts his mind to it. Miles and Ellie's relationship is taken to the next level. I love these two and their relationship is just so complex. The criminal and the federal agent. It works so well. They both have a trick or two up their sleeves. Their relationship is intense and passionate. The great thing about this book is that we get to see all the characters again and the story follows perfectly. We get to know more about Ellie's past. There is no black and white everything is grey. We are going on a schools trip with Holden Prep to New York City. The trip will be educational in more ways than one. There will be an opportunity to meet with college representatives, write a school report and enjoy the delights the city has to offer. The problem is Ellie is taking more than her school friends. She has to juggle school work, meet with her father and did I mention the FBI? They have decided to join the party too! Ellie has a new mission. She's hoping to help her mum get out of jail but this ride is going to be bumpy. I absolutely love this story. It's exciting and full of twists. The characters are dynamic and interesting. I really like Julie Cross's writing style and she keeps me hooked on every word. There is so much more I could tell you about this book but I don't want to spoil anything. In my opinion, this is a must-read. Highly recommended. It has romance, dangerous missions and loveable characters. 5 stars out of 5. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. *I received ARC in exchange for a review.
PreppyBookQueen More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Eleanor Ames is back with another explosive adventure in Hiding Lies, and readers will be quickly drawn into the complex world that our heroine once again finds herself wrapped up in. Surprises, truths, and shocking revelations will all come to light as Eleanor comes to terms with just how far she's willing to go to save the ones she loves. Back in book one, Eleanor had collaborated with the FBI to try and put her con artist father in prison. Unbeknownst to her at the time, her parent's decided to switch places for the current con, and Eleanor was left watching her mother get dragged off to prison, and living with the notion that it was her who put her there. However, in Hiding Lies, she has a chance to redeem herself. It was her father the FBI truly wanted in the first place, and after she learns about the harsh terms of her mother's upcoming sentencing, Eleanor's ready to make a deal. She'll go undercover as their informant in her dad's newest con, if it means getting her mother clear and free in the process. When a blast from her past shows up in the form of her "cousin" Oscar, Eleanor finds her opening, but she may be vastly unprepared for the job ahead of her, as this con is unlike any her family's ever pulled off before, and it's got Oscar shaking in his boots. With the FBI on her side, Eleanor embarks on Holden Academy's academic trip to New York, which serves as the perfect ruse to get her to the city. Soon she's right back in the family business, helping her father con innocent people, although she definitely didn't plan on having Dominic working along side her, or Miles finding out what she's planning to pull off. Told in Julie's signature writing style, with twists and turns around every corner, Hiding Lies is a great follow up to the first book, and kept me engaged in the story right from page one. I enjoyed getting the extra glimpses into Eleanor's past, and the way her and Miles struggle to trust one another having been brought up the way they were. I've come to expect to be blown away by the ending of every Julie Cross novel, and I was most definitely not disappointed with this one. I thought I had a pretty good idea how everything was going to go down, but I was mind blown with the last plot twist, and just how well it all came together. One of my favorite parts of picking up any of her novels is the romance element, and readers will definitely not be disappointed on this front. No one can write a book boyfriend as well as this amazing lady can, and while Miles and Eleanor's relationship isn't as much of a focus in Hiding Lies as it was in the first one, I loved all the moments we did get between the two of them, and it only served to make an amazing book even better. Hiding Lies was exactly what I was hoping for and more, and I undoubtedly recommend this one to anyone who's a fan of Veronica Mars, Nancy Drew, or suspense/thriller type mysteries. I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series releasing, to find out if Eleanor's story can ever truly be wrapped up! I rated this one four out of five stars, and I only wish they were a little bit cleaner, as I wasn't a huge fan of how much language was contained in it throughout. All in all though it was a great story that I found myself truly drawn into, and I most definitely recommend! Thanks so much to Entangled Teen and Net
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Hiding Lies by Julie Cross! Ellie is living with her sister Harper and her brother-in-law Aidan and she’s trying to figure out her life, her relationships and how to deal with her past. Miles and Ellie are falling in love and are great for each other. Miles and his family leave the country for a while and when Ellie hasn’t heard from Miles in almost a week, she starts worrying. When Miles’ father calls her and asks her to erase Miles’ records from their school and doesn’t offer any information other than her mission, her worry compounds. Little does she know that she will be face to face with Miles while they’re both in the middle of a huge con. Dominic brings more interest to the story and Miles and Ellie bring suspense, especially with the intrigue and never knowing who they can trust. Fun and suspenseful, Hiding Lies is the perfect sequel to Chasing Truth, 5 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Hiding Lies by Julie Cross! Ellie is living with her sister Harper and her brother-in-law Aidan and she’s trying to figure out her life, her relationships and how to deal with her past. Miles and Ellie are falling in love and are great for each other. Miles and his family leave the country for a while and when Ellie hasn’t heard from Miles in almost a week, she starts worrying. When Miles’ father calls her and asks her to erase Miles’ records from their school and doesn’t offer any information other than her mission, her worry compounds. Little does she know that she will be face to face with Miles while they’re both in the middle of a huge con. Dominic brings more interest to the story and Miles and Ellie bring suspense, especially with the intrigue and never knowing who they can trust. Fun and suspenseful, Hiding Lies is the perfect sequel to Chasing Truth, 5 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
It was so fun to read about Eleanor and Miles back at it again! I highly recommend that you read these books in order starting with Chasing Truth. Eleanor is a reformed (sorta) con artist. Miles is her boyfriend who happens to be a teenage FBI agent. When trouble from her past comes knocking, Eleanor finds herself in the middle of something that will have Miles flipping his lid. Don't miss this great YA read that's filled with mystery, romance, and a whole lot of fun. I recommend it.
KendalH More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book for me to get into, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. It is a fast-paced, thrill ride that picks up right where the last book ends. This book builds on the events of the previous book, with the same action and suspense I loved in it. Ellie and Miles are one team I would not want to go up against. My only issue with the book was having to fight to really get into it. I'm glad I didn't give up and finished it. It was well worth the read.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Hiding Lies" was a really great continuation of Ellie (Eleanor) Ames's story. This second book is much faster-paced and more action-packed than the first and really wraps up the story. I highly recommend reading them back-to-back, as you'll need a lot of the context from the first to enjoy the end to this duology. I am actually pretty sad that things were wrapping up, because I loved the whole cast of characters, and I definitely wanted to continue with them- I could easily see this becoming a whole great teen detective series! Ellie is a former con-artist who escaped from the game when she turned FBI informant. While she intended to turn over her father, due to a last minute role switch, she turned in her mother- something she has regretted ever since. However, since then, she has been living with her sister Harper (eight years senior) and her sister's secret service boyfriend (Aidan), who is actually now former secret service. Upon finding out that her mother may get 10 years in prison instead of the 15 months expected, Ellie is ready to cut another deal with the FBI- become informant for her father in exchange for reducing her mother's sentence. However, things aren't as black and white as they once appeared, and Ellie is dealing with the complications of also being on her private school Holden's winter course in NYC while also trying to protect herself from the FBI and turn in her father- who is in deeper than even Ellie could have imagined. To top it all off, her FBI-in-training high school boyfriend Miles whose parents are in the CIA has been out of contact, and she has no idea what he's up to. It's all a recipe for an intense book that will keep you turning pages all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this sequel- Ellie is such a great main character- she has mad skills at conning plus is just a generally good person who has big dreams of living a normal life. Her private school friends are really entertaining and also skilled at protecting and helping Ellie. Add to that the steamy scenes with her boyfriend, and there's a whole cast of characters you will absolutely love. I really wish this had been drawn out into more books with more smaller mysteries, just because I am sad to say goodbye to these characters. This is a fantastic duology for older teens due to death/violence, sexual situations, and drug mentions (although drugs are hardly a part of the second book), and I highly recommend it for people who love mysteries and romance. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.