This was a great book. I loved every paragraph, every sentence and every word of this masterpiece! I read it in 12 hours, which is a lot for me to do! It had everything and more laid out in the novel! I sure hope There is more to come from this author! I am totally hooked!
This was a beautifully written book, with a feel good factor. The book would make a great holiday read, be prepared to binge read and become absorbed into the storyline. I am biased as love Willow Rose books and was so excited to receive this copy.. thank you netgally and publishers
I was hooked on this one from the beginning. What an amazing book! The chapters were short and kept me wanting more. I didn’t like the font at the beginning of each chapter though. It overlapped with the other words too much
Willow Rose's "Don't Lie to Me" stirred a whirlwind of emotions in me, evoking both anticipation and disappointment as I navigated through its pages. As an ardent reader who cherishes depth and authenticity in character development and dialogue, I found the narrative's execution lacking. The dialogue often struck me as unnatural and dissonant, detracting from the believability of the characters and their relationships. Eva Rae Thomas, the protagonist, despite her intriguing background as a former FBI agent, failed to resonate with me due to her unconvincing actions and lack of adherence to protocols expected of her profession.
Moreover, the portrayal of Eva Rae's personal life, particularly her role as a mother, was fraught with inconsistencies that made her character challenging to empathize with. The narrative's exploration of familial and romantic relationships felt superficial, and several plot threads seemed to meander without reaching a satisfying conclusion.
Despite these critiques, my fondness for Willow Rose's ability to weave dark, compelling tales in the mystery genre remains intact. "Don't Lie to Me" presents a blend of suspense and true-life horror elements that showcases Rose's versatility as an author. While the book may not have met my expectations in certain aspects, it lays the groundwork for a series that holds the potential for growth and evolution. My hope for deeper character development and more gripping storytelling in subsequent installments remains undiminished, driven by my passion for literature that captivates and challenges its readers.
This was a fast read, but was just too unbelievable.
Eva Rae is supposed to be an experienced FBI agent but acts like she has no experience and doesn’t know police protocols. She goes busting into one of the suspect’s homes without a warrant and just apologizes afterward, but is allowed to keep doing whatever she wants. She goes around asking questions and inserting herself into the investigation even before she’s asked to consult. She doesn't behave like a seasoned law enforcement agent.
She’s also a terrible parent. She’s going through a divorce and has moved her kids across the country to start over. Her ex-husband was the primary caretaker so there’s some leeway there because she wasn’t as involved with the day to day running of her children’s lives, but she knows absolutely nothing about them. Even when they tell her things she can’t be bothered to remember because she’s so focused on the crimes instead. There’s a killer out there targeting children of divorce and half the time she doesn’t know where her own children are. She gets mad at her daughter for getting in a stranger's car but doesn't take any responsibility herself for forgetting about her daughter's event and not answering the multiple calls and texts from her child. There were a lot of times I wanted to reach through the book and shake her.
The killer was a surprise, but that was more because there was nothing in the story that would have led us to them. There were clues that led us to some of the other suspects, but nothing that pointed to the actual killer. We were given a description of a suspect as well as the car they drove, but those were kind of clues in a void because we weren't given a description of the killer when they were introduced to us in the story, nor were we given any hint about what kind of car they drove. It just seemed like an easy way out for the author.
There were also some twists that played a big role in the story that weren’t directly related to the crimes and a budding relationship between Eva Rae and an old flame. There were just a lot of things thrown into the story. Too much.
This is an OK book.
Woth a coffee in hand and a light music to drown our the noise, this is a cozy thriller. Wouldn't say that this deserves a 5 star-rating but it definitely got me out of my reading slump.
I saw this title and decided to give it a try! I’ve enjoyed Willow Rose’s writing in her other series. Once again I was not disappointed.
This is a quick and easy read. Eva Ray is going through a divorce and a move back to her hometown. No longer working with the FBI, she still manages to get drawn into several murders in Coco Beach.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I really tried to but I did not finish it. I was getting lost in the chapters and could not keep up with the characters. It failed to draw me in and I couldn't get attached to any of the characters.
Thank you to the publisher for an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of this book.
Willow Rose did it again with this suspenseful page turner based in Coco Beach Florida. The sleepy surf town hadn’t seen anything like what rocked their world in this book. Eva Rae got more than she bargained for when she moved back home after her divorce to be closer to her parents. She never would have guessed who was the killer and I bet you won’t either!
I enjoyed the writing style of this book and the plot.....there was only a few things I'd change, like the way they described their baby.....it felt so disconnected imo......but overall it was a good read!!!!!
You Just Never Know About Some People
Former FBI Agent Eva Rae Thomas has a hard time adjusting to being just a regular mom in Willow Rose’s psychological thriller, “Don’t Lie to Me,” after her husband leaves her and their three children for another woman.
Returning to her small Florida hometown of Cocoa Beach—where at least she has parents nearby to support her emotionally—Eva Rae finds that not only aren’t her children safe there, all children are at risk because a child serial killer is on the prowl.
Before long, Eva Rae is consulting as a profiler with local authorities trying to identify and track down the perpetrator(s) of these heinous attacks on area youths. What ties the crimes together? What messages are being sent? The explosive and unexpected surprise twisted ending is a real shocker.
JoyReaderGirl1 graciously thanks NetGalley, Author Willow Rose, and Publisher Buoy Media for this advanced reader’s copy (ARC) for review.
This was a good one that left me completely surprised. Eva Rae quit her high profile job as an FBI profiler and moved with her children back to her home town after her husband left her. She has a book to write but she is struggling as a single mother who had not previously been responsible for keeping schedules straight. When a second child disappears from her small town she can't help wanting to be involved in solving the crime and eventually her old flame in the local law enforcement requests her help. This has the possibility of a good series and I will look forward to sequels. Thanks to NetGalley for and arc and for not influencing my review.
When Eva Rae Thomas' husband abruptly leaves the family for another woman, she quits her job at the FBI and moves south to Cocoa Beach to be near her parents. Her ex was the stay at home parent, while Eva brought home the bacon and the move is showing her just how inadequate she is to take care of her three children.
Not long after the move, children start turning up dead in her hometown and Eva gets pulled into the investigation into a serial killer. Add an old boyfriend on the local police force into the mix and a cold mother who is hiding major secrets, this book is complicated from the get go. Too complicated. There is too much going on IMO. This is not a bad mystery. It is just an average one and the red herrings thrown to distract don't seem to really add to the narrative. There is also a very big reveal that should have evoked more emotion in the aftermath and it was just treated as a kind of..."oh well." I would round down and give this a 2.5/5.
I had never heard of WIllow Rose, but I like a good detective/murder/suspense book. I'm glad I gave this book a chance! It was fast paced and was a quick read. I was excited to find out this is the first in a series - I'm sure I will check out more in this series! I liked Eva Rae - she was smart and seemed to know what to do under pressure. I will say that I thought there was a lot happening in this book. Would it have been possible to have removed some of the details without compromising the story? I don't know, but I felt like there was a lot going on. But in the end, it didn't matter because I enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read more Eva Rae adventures! Thank you NetGalley and Buoy Media for a digital arc of this title.
Synopsis (From Netgalley, the provider of the book to review)
When twelve-year-old Sophie Williams went on a Girl Scout summer camp, she never returned home.
Three months later, her body is found inside her sleeping bag in the most frequented area of Cocoa Beach, and the town is outraged. The girl isn't just any child. She's the town's most beloved surf idol, and it was believed that she could be the next Kelly Slater.
As another child, the son of a well-known senator is kidnapped, and the parents receive a disturbing video, FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas — who has just returned to her hometown, divorced and out of a job — plunges into the investigation, breaking her promise to her children not to do police work again.
Local law enforcement, with her old flame Matt Miller in charge, are the ones who ask for her help in a case so unsettling that only she can solve it. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier it becomes for Matt and Eva Rae. Soon, everyone she holds dear is in grave danger as this case hits a little too close to home.
I am 99.99% sure that I read this when it first came out in 2019 but it was wonderful to return to it and read it once again. The first in a series, I recommend picking upas it is a great stand-alone book and thrilling mystery. Highly recommended.
The opening paragraph had me right away! The story unfolded in such a way that it kept you engaged with suspence and information about the characters. I did not predict the ending til the last chapter. Was put together very fast and did not seem as good as the story. Felt flat to me and felt rushed. Liked the story and recommend.
The twist at the end was unexpected and the book overall was enjoyable. There were some parts that were unrealistic and some parts that were slow moving but a good read overall.
"Don't lie to me" delivers a gripping and suspenseful thriller that plunges readers into a world of crime, abduction, and high-stakes investigations. The story opens with a haunting mystery as a beloved young surfer idol is found dead in Cocoa Beach, sending shockwaves through the tight-knit community.
The author wastes no time in setting a tense and engaging atmosphere, as the abduction of a senator's son adds another layer of urgency to the unfolding drama. At the center of it all is Eva Rae Thomas, an FBI profiler with a complex past who is drawn back into the world of crime-solving against her own promises.
Hays skillfully weaves a web of intrigue and danger, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as Eva Rae Thomas and local law enforcement, including her old flame Matt Miller, race against time to solve the case. The plot is filled with unexpected twists and turns, making it nearly impossible to predict the outcome.
One of the strengths of this novel is the character development, particularly with Eva Rae Thomas. Her internal struggles, personal sacrifices, and determination to solve the case make her a compelling protagonist. The supporting cast of characters, each with their own secrets and motivations, adds depth to the story.
The pacing is well-executed, with a perfect balance of investigative work, suspenseful moments, and emotional depth. As the investigation deepens, the danger escalates, and the stakes get higher, drawing readers further into the story.
"Don't lie to me" is not just a thrilling mystery; it's a story about resilience, redemption, and the enduring bonds of family and love. Willow Rose has crafted a captivating tale that will keep readers hooked from the first page to the heart-pounding conclusion. If you're a fan of suspenseful thrillers with well-developed characters and a plot that keeps you guessing, this book is a must-read.
I was surprised how much I liked this book. This book was so creeoy because it was so plauible and relatable because it is every parent's worst nightmare. Each character's story is related but how..... hmmmm. The twists were well placed and I thought this book was going to be a predictable mess; it was not!
I have never read anything by this author prior but if her next book is as good as this one, I am here for it. Definitely recommended.
Thanks to Netgalley, Willow Rose and Buoy Media Mystery Series for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ex FBI agent Eva Rae Thomas and her three children find themselves to be on their own when Eva’s husband leaves the family for (wait for it) a younger woman. Eva returns to her Florida home town to be closer to her parents and literally comes face to face with her high school boyfriend (a cop…..what else) as well as a serial killer of young children.
Now I am probably one of the few readers who found this novel less than satisfying. First, the plotline has been done over and over and over again. Then there are a bevy of characters who are dead on the page…….no backstories to speak of and no reason for most of them to be included since they do nothing to advance the story. All I really got from this saga is that Eva has questionable talent and motivation in the areas of romance and motherhood and that divorce damages the developing psyche of young people.
Sorry, but this is an indigestibly sour work of fiction that lacks juiciness but overflows with messiness.