I did not find this story as interesting as I thought I would. Once again, as he did with THE 6:20 MAN, the author deals a great deal with finances and money, much of it found online with bitcoin and other digital money. I lost interest when these subjects absorbed much of the story. Two women are mysteriously working together to find out who killed a local man found dead in his almost-empty mansion. The backgrounds of some characters are vital to the plot and are described in much detail. I did find the two women characters interesting and believable. Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing an ARC.
She had to lie. It was what she did. You simply lie to everyone about everything. It becomes a way of survival.
I always enjoy a good Baldacci thriller. This one was very complex in characters and in plot. I concentrated on the two main characters Mick and Clarisse.
Mick is a daughter of a retired police officer who herself worked in different fields of police work. Now being a single mother of 2 young children she works at home doing computers. Searching for money on dead beats. Her job is very complex but with a well seasoned writer, I got the feel and the jest of what Mick did. Her life took a life and death turn when she took the call of a woman who identified herself as a co-worker requesting that she go to a house to take pictures of assets. What she finds is a dead body with a clue. It this turn of events that these two women play each other. Are they foes or friends?
I loved the candor between these two women. The only connection they have is by phone, a dead body, clues of a treasure. Mick is like a dog with a bone. She cannot let this go. Mick needs answers it is how she is wired. Clarisse picked Mick for this job. She is wired by writing in her many notebooks. This is a life and death play for her. She needs redemption. There are many threads to this plot with the mob, witness protection, mob money, Biocon, and the dark web. I hope there will be more!
A special thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
This was a fast paced book, with a lot of twists and surprises. The main character is Mickey Gibson, a single mother who does a lot of computer investigative work. She is sent to check out a mansion and inventory its contents for that company, only to stumble across a dead body - and then finds out the company didn’t send her - so who did! The plot was very interesting and with all the surprises it kept me thoroughly engaged. I thought the characters were very well done and there was a lot of mystery surrounding so many in the book it was gripping to find out truths and lies along the way. I really loved the character of Mickey Gibson - I’m hoping we will see her in future books!
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a Baldacci fan.
Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read this exciting ARC.
Private investigator Mick Gibson has been asked to do inventory of an old home but what Mick finds is about to send her on a chase like no other.
This deals with a prior mob accountant that has been in the witness protection program for years but he's come out and changed his name in order to find a cache of missing money.
Now everyone is on his trial from the mob, the mob member's grown children, to the FBI and they're all looking to see what Mich has found along the way.
Time is running out for everyone and Mick doesn't know who she can trust.
This is a great read, it's fast and full of so many twists.
Thank you #NetGalley #GrandCentralPubllishing for this ARC
This book is a winner! I quickly found myself invested in the characters and their story. I loved Mickey and was engrossed in how she got enmeshed in the story with only a phone call. The author kept me guessing and turning pages just as quickly as possible. Fans of the genre will love this book.
David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors so I was thrilled to be able to read Simply Lies which is a perfect title for this book! What seems real, isn’t. What seems true, isn’t. Who seems credible, isn’t. Who seems evil, isn’t.
I often use the rollercoaster analogy for twisty, turny thrillers but I found myself thinking more of a tilt-a-whirl ride while experiencing this book. I was constantly thrown off my balance, in an exhilarating way, as I thought the plot line was playing out one way, but isn’t.
Excellent character development - from the beloved to the despicable. And a person who we credit with one attribute, we often find out isn’t. A truly riveting tilt-a- whirl of a novel…
My thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read this exciting ARC.
This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher and author. Mickey is a single mother balancing her family life with her career. Single, she has her parents for backup. Her husband left. She stumbles across a dilemma in her job, and the twists and turns begin. Red herrings abound. It is difficult to determine the ending of this mystery, written by a talented and gifted author.
In a flimsy effort of full disclosure, I worship David Baldacci. Not only are his books always wild rides that tickle all of my senses, my non-reading husband also enjoys them: In the beginning, I had to nag him to try them, but now, he’ll reach for them all on his own. Any author who can accomplish that feat wins my allegiance for life. Baldacci books are the perfect choice for any reader, regardless of personal genre preferences. There’s something waiting inside each of his offerings to delight his audience. He guarantees a good time, plenty of heart palpitations, sweaty palms, and an explosive finale that will leave fans breathless. Of course this will be a glowing review—because as always, he‘s earned it.
In this one, we follow Mickey Gibson, a single mother and a private detective, as she navigates a dangerous game of cat and mouse. After she is lured to a location under false pretenses and happens upon a body, Mickey finds herself the suspect in a murder investigation and trapped in a battle of wits with a mysterious woman. Surprises await as she discovers hidden motives and dangerous truths. Who will prevail? You’ll have to read to find out.
Readers beware: This book moves at breakneck speed. Its short chapters will ensnare you from the very beginning, and before you know it, your day is gone and the book is done. If you don’t make a conscious effort, you’ll forget to eat or even blink. It’s impossible to tear yourselves away from this high-tension and high-stakes thriller. It’s Book of the Year material. As I said, Baldacci is always a winner, but he’s outdone himself this time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It deserves all the praise.
I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review-
Baldacci does it again!
Gibson works at home for ProEye and investigation company. She is called to inventory a home and when she gets there she discovers a dead body… a man with mob ties. And what a mess she walked into - now she is considered the prime suspect. She must prove she is being set up. Add to this a women sending her a phone and the game of the two of them finding the treasure hidden from the mob.