Saturday, 24 September 2016

Trust Me I Lie by Louise Marley

Trust Me I Lie by Louise Marley
Published in June 2016

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Women In White

Where to buy this book:
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How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'When Milla Graham arrives in the picture-perfect village of Buckley, she tells everyone she’s investigating the murder of her mother who died eighteen years ago. But there’s already one Milla Graham buried in the churchyard and another about to be found dead in the derelict family mansion.
Obviously she’s lying.
Detective Inspector Ben Taylor has no life outside the police force. Even his own colleagues think he’s a boring stick-in-the-mud. But now he’s met Milla and his safe, comfortable life has been turned upside down. She’s crashed his car, emptied his wallet and is about to get him fired.
He knows she’s a liar because she cheerfully told him so.
Unless she’s lying about that too …

I enjoyed reading Nemesis by Louise Marley last year so was eager to buy her new crime thriller when I saw it released. There are similarities between Nemesis and Trust Me I Lie with both novels being driven by the solution of a past crime and the revelation of family secrets. We also have an amazing heroine here in Milla Graham, a devious and mouthy young woman who is sorely lacking in social niceties. She is great fun to read although I did struggle to remember that she was supposed to be in her mid-twenties. I often felt she seemed much younger. On the downside, I couldn't quite get a handle on Ben who, at times, did seem just a tad too naive, but I liked his colleague Harriet a lot and also icy Lydia.

The twists and turns of Trust Me I Lie do require concentration on the part of the reader which I appreciated. I like a book which makes me think! The vintage fairytale references provide added depth to the story and I now find myself wanting to go find a copy of Alice In Wonderland as this classic is beautifully entwined in our mystery. Marley again makes great use of her location research and I loved the idea of the impersonal new Graham house having been built practically alongside the fire-damaged ruins of the old family home. This juxtaposition worked really well for me, especially with chocolate box Buckley close by.

If you're looking for a satisfying mystery to cosy up with as the evenings draw in, I would happily recommend Trust Me I Lie to you. And that's not a lie. Promise!

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Books by Louise Marley / Crime fiction / Books from England

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