Truth Stained Lies
Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief … until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation—the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers and commentators like her have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously. Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators, working to solve their brother’s ex-wife’s murder. Juliet, a stay-at-home mom of two boys, and Holly, a scattered ne’er-do-well who drives a taxi, put aside their fear and lack of confidence to learn the art of investigation. But will it be too late to save their brother from a murder conviction, or his five-year-old son who’s the killer’s next target?
This description captivated my attention. I was really looking forward to this read – what I thought to be a good crime fiction, a riveting read. I was wrong.
I found the plot formulaic, the characters weak and predicable and worst of all I guessed the villain quite early on in the piece. I was very disappointed, more so because my expectations were so high. I took the synopsis provided by the publisher at face value, I read comments other readers made about the author on the web, they said things like “ how her books kept me awake at night”, how “I could not put them down”. I did not bargain on getting a religious fiction either. I feel I have been misled. I actually I feel stronger than that, I feel I have been conned – there are so many other books that I might have enjoyed, that I could have read instead of this one. I wasted precious reading time on a book that was wasted on me.
Now not wanting to be totally negative – I do see how this type of narrative could /should be branded as crime and religion meets Mills and Boon (no offence intended to Mills and Boon readers, romance does have its own place in fiction). It might succesful in this category.
I tried hard to enjoy this book but failed.