Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Blog Tour: Girl of Lies (Rachel's Peril #1) by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Girl of Lies, book one in the 'Rachel's Peril' series by Charles Sheehan Miles.

Andrea Thompson is smart, assertive and beautiful. She’s also desperately lonely. Raised in Europe by her grandmother, she struggles knowing neither of her parents wanted her, and she has no idea why.

When Andrea receives an urgent call from her older sister Carrie, she agrees to fly to the United States to help. Carrie’s newborn daughter Rachel needs a bone marrow transplant.

What Andrea doesn’t know is that her return to the United States will launch a chain of events that will uncover secrets hidden for decades. Secrets which will rock the Thompson family and ignite a political firestorm.

Secrets that some will kill to protect.

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I wasn’t entirely sure what I was expecting when I picked up Girl of Lies. I haven’t read any of Charles Sheehan-Miles books before, but have heard amazing things about them, so I was very much looking forward to this story. It was filled with intrigue and suspense and there were many things I really loved about it. So why the 3.5 stars you ask - the ending just didn’t work for me. As much as I will absolutely pick up book two, I like to have some sort of closure at the end of an instalment in a series, and I really didn’t feel like I got that with Girl of Lies.

What I did get though, was an introduction to a family filled with so many facets I just don’t know where to start. I haven’t had the introduction to the Thomson Sisters that others have, but I can tell you I will be reading the other books to learn more about them all. The six sisters all have their own stories, but what is clear is their commitment to looking after each other. The dysfunctional relationship of their parents has forged a strong bond between the girls and this bond is critical to their future in this story.

In Girl of Lies the focus is on Andrea, the youngest sister - but there is plenty of detail about the other sisters and also Adelina, their mother. What is clear is that the lives and family the girls thought they knew is not what they believed. Through the course of Girl of Lies we discover the truth behind Adelina and Richard’s relationship and the facade that was their marriage, which has serious consequences for all of the girls.

There is much intrigue in this story and I am dying to find out what is going to happen next. What I loved was that there are some many different dimensions to this story-although a couple of times I was a little confused about who was who, as there are many characters to keep track of. The girl’s father, Richard, is clearly not what he seems and I don’t like him very much at this point.

Sheehan-Miles has a fabulous writing style. So easy to read, so engaging and his capacity to build tension and mystery throughout the story is better than many I’ve read. As I said, I will absolutely pick up the next book in this series because I have to know what will happen for Andrea and her sisters - I just would have loved a little more closure to the final events in this book to feel more satisfied with the story so far.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future.

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