Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.
The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.
In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.
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About the Author
Emily Bleeker is a former educator who discovered her passion for writing after introducing a writer’s workshop to her students. She soon found a whole world of characters and stories living inside of her mind. It took a battle with a rare form of cancer to give her the courage to share that amazing world with others. Emily lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and four kids. Between writing and being a mom, she attempts to learn guitar, sings along to the radio (loudly), and embraces her newfound addiction to running. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at emilybleeker.wordpress.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn’t know what to expect of this book but I did expect the plane crash, some romance, and intrigue. But I got much more. The story is about the survival of Lillian and Dave after a plane crashes and the survivors come upon a deserted island. It is two years before the survivors are found. There are secrets kept by the survivors, quite a few secrets. Secrets kept from family, friends, the media. How can life return to normal after what they have been through? Can it return to normal? Both Lillian and Dave are married…not to each other. A ruthless journalist tries to get them to reveal their secrets – she knows they are keeping them. And what the other people were on the flight? What happened to them? I loved the book! I could feel the emotions of the characters – the fear, the despair, the hopelessness, the grief, the joy. There are even surprises for the reader. No, I won’t even hint at them. I just advise that you read this book. I had trouble putting it down.
What a a great book! I really enjoyed reading this book, you keep thinking you know what is going to happen next and something new pops up! It keeps you guessing until the very end! I don't know what I would do in Lillian and David's situation. There are so many variables but it really makes you think! I can't imagine going what they went through, but I loved how strong the characters were! Good book!
Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive. I guess sometimes you might have to lie, but I was thankfully taught to tell the truth. We usually learn (sometimes the hard way) that the truth always comes out, just as it did in this novel. The truth just cannot be hidden forever. Perhaps Lillian Linden lied so others wouldn’t see how delicate she really was, perhaps she didn't want anyone to think or know she was a crybaby. I believe the public is always fascinated with the saga of castaways and what goes on after they are rescued. This one will keep you busy trying to figure out what the characters are going to do. It is not a bad read. The good thing about fiction is that the author can make the ending go any way he or she wants it to go. I think you will follow this story from the beginning and then you can form your own point of view. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
A friend borrowed this book to me after highly recommending it. It's an indicator of a good book when two readers go through a 300 page book in less than a week. In the book the two principals, Dave and Lillian, married but not to each other, survive a plane crash in the Pacific. They are rescued after about 20 months on an otherwise deserted island. The book does not follow a straight forward time line. Chapters in the book alternate between flashbacks to survival on the island (in many ways resembling the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away), difficulties between and within their families following their return (recogniable to returning military people), and interviews with a TV reporter who has her own agenda. The chapters are written either from Lillian's point of view or from Dave's. This may seem an overly complicated way to tell the story but as done here it adds to the suspense and makes the story more interesting. The Lillian and Dave characters are well drawn, likable, and believable. While reading I found myself caring for them. The third major character, Kent, is not believablle. While reading I kept wondering how the author was going to end the book: disaster for Dave or Lillian or both, or if there was going to be a happy ending. The resolution surprised me although looking back through the pertinent chapters the hints are present. The book leaves some questions unanswered: Kent's mother at one point threatens a law suit which, if filed, would be embarrassing for Lillian and Dave. At the end of the book Lillian and Dave arrange for their families to meet but Dave's wife does not know the true story of what happened on the island plus Dave and Lillian's husband are seriously hostile. Sequel planned? Whether Ms Bleeker's next book is a sequel or a different subject with different characters I'm anticipating another good read.