House of Lies

House of Lies

by S. R. Claridge
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House of Lies 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TrueBlueEbookReview More than 1 year ago
House of Lies - FIVE STARS - Mesmerizing House of Lies is a political cult suspense about a woman who sets out on a mission to save her sister from what appears to be a religious cult group; however, as we move through the novel we discover that the religiosity of the group is merely a cover to hide the real agenda, which is quite political in nature. An anonymous tip leads her to a private investigator and a cop, who begrudgingly agree to assist her quest. That’s really all I can say without giving anything away. This book has it all. There are plot twists that literally and figuratively take the reader to the edge of their seat and tauntingly leave them there. There is angst and suspense, action, romance and a little bit of sex. But, strangely enough, those things aren’t what drive the story. The character dialogue is the cohesive agent that skyrockets this book to a whole new level of storytelling. I was so enthralled I felt as if I were watching the story like a movie; that’s how powerfully written is the character interaction. But it doesn’t stop there. S.R.Claridge’s ability to tie together past and present events and weave them into a believable storyline is impressive; not to mention this author succeeds at doing something of which most mystery writers fail. She incorporates humor at precisely the right moments, when the reader needs a release from the mounting tension. As I read, I began to wonder if the book, though fiction, held any truth about cult groups and their potential hidden agendas. I found myself contemplating if the author had once been involved in a group like the one described in House of Lies, and if so how much of what happens in the novel actually happened in real life. It was a similar feeling to what I had when reading Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code years ago. In fact, if I had to liken this book to one that is currently on the market, I would say it is The DaVinci Code, and I wouldn't be surprised if we find some controversy developing as word of this book gets out. I give House of Lies a full five star rating. If you enjoy suspense novels, you will not be able to put this book down. Without giving away the ending, I can assure you that a sequel is to follow and I only hope it will be released soon. What an exciting way to start off TrueBlueEbookReview! Believability: Five Stars Cohesive Flow: Five Stars Characterization: Five Stars Dialogue: Five Stars House of Lies by S.R.Claridge - Overall Rating: Five Stars
TriciaRiley More than 1 year ago
It will remind you of The DaVinci Code because it's a political cult suspense and really makes you think about what goes on behind closed doors. Easy, fast read even though its a longer book then what I'm used to reading. I can't stop thinking about the story and hope there's a sequel. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has everything a suspense reader likes, it has cults, politics, romance, thrill and comedy. I love Ernie and I could personally relate to the deception of the P3 group and the lies of Sagan and the other leaders. This is one of those books that is hard to put down and then when you do have to walk away, you find yourself thinking about it and not being able to concentrate on anything else. This was an easy book to give 5 stars. By RealReadersRGR8.
MichaelCrighton More than 1 year ago
House of Lies captures a hidden human fear, a fear of being deceived and for some it may even tap into real life experiences. With a Pelican Brief feel to it, this novel gives suspense a new twist by incorporating every sinister element known to mankind. There is sin, drugs, addiction, corruption, deceit and murder. Torn between a vigilante group with a revengeful motive, though one in which we could all relate; and a pure desire to rescue those innocently blinded, Skylar has to wade through the proverbial crap of a pseudo-religious corruption that has become mainstream and find strength in her own faith. This is not a novel for the weak minded. It’s terrifically twisted and leaves readers pondering the premise long after they’ve finished the book.
StephanieLovesReading More than 1 year ago
My only complaint about this book is that it ended abruptly and left me hanging, sort of like watching the Keiffer Sudderland tv series, 24. It’s that action packed but has a great blend of romance and wanting, though it’s way more about action than romance. I was worried Skylar was going to be a needy character but she stifles tears and attacks when needed. She has trouble following instructions sometimes, but that was something I could relate to. And Braznovich is the protector and lover every woman dreams of having. This book is different from anything I’ve ever read because it felt like there was truth in the story, like these things really happen right under our noses and there really are people trying to save their loved ones from dangerous cult groups. My favorite character is chain-smoking Ernie who always has a funny remark to add to a tense situation. I highly recommend this book. It’s suspenseful, funny, romantic and wildly action packed.
BelkinBabe More than 1 year ago
Great read! It reads fast and furious. There’s nothing but action, well, and a little bit of romantic play but the story focuses on the action, the romance is a sideline thing. I liked the characters and could relate to almost all of them except for the bad guys. It’s one of those stories you find yourself thinking about while you’re driving. It just keeps popping in my head and I wonder how much of this sort of thing happens in real life and we just never know about it. If you like suspense and not being able to figure out who done it, you will enjoy this read.
WyatteJ More than 1 year ago
I don’t normally read novels that have romance in them so I was hesitant when I saw that this was labeled a “romantic suspense” but it came highly recommended so I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised. There was more action than romance by far and I would even say that even though the book’s main character is a woman, it suits a male audience well. Skylar is stubbornly likeable and I enjoyed the humor between Braznovich and his pal, Ernie. I’ve read the controversy surrounding this book as far as whether it speaks truth about the house of prayer cult movement in the United States or whether it is purely a work of fiction, and the idea that the author could weave fiction and fact into such a suspenseful plot fascinates me. It’s a great read with plot twists that surprised me at every turn and it’s the kind of story you’ll find yourself thinking about long after you’ve put it down.
NavyBrunoBob More than 1 year ago
Super book, great story! I like books that I can't stop thinking about after I've finished it and this is one of those stories. It's got a lot of action and there wasn't any part that I wanted to put it down and walk away. I already recommended it to my wife because she'll like the romance parts but I think this is a great book for guys too because of all the action.
DLHicks More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Mixes action with romance well. Will gladly read more books by S.R. Claridge. Interesting theme, developed well, would have liked a little more background material. Definitely recommend!!!
RobertWestinBWMag More than 1 year ago
This was an exceptional read, very fast and filled with action. I enjoyed the characters both individually and relationally. I like the interwoven religion and political base and look forward to seeing how it all plays out in the sequel, rumored to hit the shelves in October 2013. This is not the first book I've read from this author but I think this may be one of my favorites. Quick style, fast pace and lots of twists that make it hard to walk away without continuing to ponder the plot. Good book for people who love suspense and action without a lot of frills and fluff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CanadaReviewers critiques many novels in the suspense genre and we see the same plot fall out in countless books. I am happy to report this book is different. The plot twists enough to keep readers on their toes but is held together by the depth of characterization and conversation throughout the novel. Reading almost like a film script, the book lends itself to big screen believability and billing. Following Skylar on her journey to save her sister, the reader cannot help but cheer her on as we see the depth of her strength emerge in the first few chapters. By chapter ten we have a budding romance between Skylar and a private investigator, Braznovich. We give the book five stars and await the assumed sequel, since this book ended abruptly and left us wanting more. Jonathan Reid, CanadaReviewers
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Loved this book. It kept me on edge the whole time, wondering who would make it out alive and who would die and if Braznovich was ever going to give Skylar the spanking she was curious about. Great story and am going to read more of this authors books. Really liked it. HeatherWright.
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