Thursday, September 10, 2015

Review: Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Crooked Little Lies
by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 346
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.
Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two leading ladies in this book and each take turns telling their side of the story.  Lauren Wilder had a horrific tragedy occur and she is still in the midst of recovery and is not the most reliable character.  At the same time Annie Beauchamp is the sister of the missing man and is highly emotional as her mother suddenly passed away in an accident and she is trying to hard to keep the family together as they all go off in different directions.

Both of these women were fantastic characters and I loved each of their perspectives.  I loved how I couldn't trust either of them at face value and who knew what they were saying was the whole truth?  I love when there are unreliable characters and I know it - made the book so interesting.

The author dropped hints and bits of knowledge at just the right moment.  Each puzzle piece fell out of the book at the right time and slowly but surely the whole story came together, the timing was just right on.  

The best way to describe this book is to say that a women's fiction and a mystery got together and made a baby and their baby was this book, it was an interesting combination of women's fiction with addiction and family issues along with a mystery of a missing man.

This is my first Barbara Taylor Sissel read and will most definitely not be the last.  I am excited to see her backlist and look for her future titles.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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