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A fantastic debut novel that is perfect for fans of Megan Miranda and Sally Hepworth. What started out as a slow burn quickly developed into a deep world of deception, intricately designed characters, and a ton of suspense. It was about halfway through the book where the stakes started to rise and I was fully invested. I found myself rooting for both main characters. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that loves reading about Deception, Family Drama, and most importantly….Revenge!

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This book is all the rage right now with my thriller loving friends with @thrillerbookloversthepulse I am so appreciative to @hannahdsharpe @risingactionpublishingco for the gifted copy!

Liars, cheaters, stealers, blackmailers and con artists galore! This one was such a fun ride because when you mix all that together what you get is some intense and shocking moments! 😂 This was told in multiple points of views and I loved how each character seemed to be opposites….or were they?! 👀 This book was filled with twists, turns, toxic relationships, and extreme tension and when it was all said and done we were left with such sweet revenge. WOW!

Elle is a skilled con artist on the run. She is conniving and sneaky and good at what she does. Olivia is the opposite and much more sophisticated however struggles financially, with fertility, isn’t truly happy and she too has some important street skills….eh hmmm blackmailer. 😅 When Elle see Olivia wearing her stolen necklace she has a lot of questions. She will stop at nothing to get it back especially because it was taken at a very impactful event in her life…when her brother was killed! 😳 In the end, they are left with a relationship that will surprise everyone!

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I refuse to believe Between Lies & Revenge is a debut novel. With expert narration & sharp character edges, this author writes with a sure hand.
BL&R is a story about a lot of things to be summarised as such, but it can be described as a domestic suspense. When Elle & Olivia collide, it becomes a read to behold!
Written in a 2 POV format, the book oscillates between the last and the present, delivering important facts along the way leading to necessary character development. The twists & turns are enough to keep you hooked throughout, & the cover justifies the setting of the book.
My favourite aspect of the book remains Elle's narration for the first half of the book. She really seems to be in her 'done with all this BS era' which was AWESOME TO READ. Parallel to this runs Olivia, who jumps off the page as a meek, gullible wife. These voices captured my attention.
EG. Elle's ringtone😂😂😂😂
The second half of the book becomes increasingly fast paced & more story driven. Though it was fun to read, I definitely preferred the first half. I enjoyed where the author took the story, but to me this direction also diluted a badass piece of Elle. Regardless, the revenge plot was engaging though a bit rushed.

The author's commitment to representing IVF, infertility, MLMs duping, the cultish behaviour of upper class housewives in gates communities, stalking, crime & a douchebag husband were appreciated. She delivers the point without being preachy.

OVERALL, this book is a revenge plot done well, even though it's about a lot more than just that. This becomes the ultimate pro as well as the con for this book. The easy, flowing writing is a huge plus point though.

I'd recommend this book for sure! It's fun & it's an amazing debut. I hope this author keeps writing!

Meanwhile I'll go add a Zane to my shopping cart!

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What a debut! Who doesn’t love a con artist, thrilling twists and drama? This book has it all! Instantly you are drawn to both Elle and Olivia. Told is multiple point of views and from a past/present perspective.

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Between Lies and Revenge masterfully weaves themes of trust, betrayal, and redemption into a suspenseful narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The characters of Elle and Olivia are richly developed, their stories intertwining in unexpected ways that highlight the complexities of friendship and survival. This novel is a must-read for anyone who enjoys intense domestic suspense with a strong emotional core.

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First off… this cover!! Right?! Absolutely stunning!! I admit that was the very first thing that made me have FOMO about this book!! 🤩

Pub date is September 3rd! 🥳

I can’t believe this is a debut!! This was such a twisted web 🕷 of cleverly crafted lies… As they started to unravel… I might have even gasped a time or two. 😳 ..Okay I definitely did! 😉 Here’s why I loved it..

Olivia and Elle have nothing in common… 🤷‍♀️… Or so I thought. 😳.. Elle is no stranger from living on the run 🏃‍♀️ and pulling cons. In fact.. she’s a pro. 😏

Olivia appears to have it all together… yet it’s all a face she puts on each day to make it through the day. Struggling with bills 💵…and a blackmailer..😳…

When Elle sees her missing necklace on Olivia’s neck… well she has ALOT of questions… Especially since it was taken off her neck when her brother was killed. 😳 She’s getting it back… no matter what…😏

This book was packed full of twists and turns!! I couldn’t put it down. Shocking secrets revealed one by one… DEFINITELY kept me flipping the pages late into the night!! 👏👏 I LOVED how this wrapped up! Revenge is sweet! 😉

My cup there lists some of the things I absolutely love about Instagram… but it’s missing a couple. One is finding fantastic debut authors….and this my friends is one!! I can’t wait to see what @hannahdsharpe comes out with next. 😍

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I can’t read this because the paragraphs are blacked out on the Kindle app. Publisher, please help. I tried to go to my settings and see if it was something with the Kindle app, it’s not.

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Told in my favorite format of dual POV/ dual timeline, this story follows two intriguing women.

Typically, I think of jewelry heists as big, daring jobs but this was more of an under the radar con. While the first tends to be more flashy, this subtle con played out nicely, still eliciting the same sense of suspense. As the story builds you feel a sense of danger and the tension is palpable. This story is definitely a must read for fans of domestic suspense.

Please note infertility is heavily mentioned in this book so if that is a trigger for you make sure to proceed with caution.

Thank you Rising Action and Netgalley for my review copy!

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If you love your domestic suspense with a side of bitchiness and intrigue, this book is for you! I absolutely loved the concept of a jewel heist in suburban disguise!

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Wow!!!! This book was twisty and suspenseful, which I love of course! Definitely must add this one to your TBR!!

Thank you for the advanced reader copy!

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If I could give the book 10 stars I would!! The first half of this book had me hooked but that last half was even better!! Lies and revenge was a suspense filled book that I couldn’t put down!! Two strangers who meet and become friends go on a journey scheming, and seeking revenge together.

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Between Lies & Revenge
By: Hannah D. Sharpe

Olivia and Elle are two women who share an interesting connection which brings them together.

Told in alternate POV. Elle is on the run and is a con artist. Olivia is trying to have a baby and fertility treatments are expensive. Her husband wants to stop treatments.

Money, cons, jewelry, lies and more have these women teaming up together to each get what they want.

This story is long and you have to pay close attention to the details.

Thank you Thriller Book Lovers The Pulse for this gifted eARC.

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I liked this book pretty well, a unlikely pair of women team up to run a jewelry con. I liked the development of their relationship and was rooting for them to succeed with what they were ultimately after. I had a few problems with the book, I kept feeling confused in the first third with too many characters, that I was mixing up and not sure, why one of the plots was even in there. It felt like the book was trying to do too much, the main storyline was interesting enough without it and it also made the ending more flat, trying to tie up so many loose end It was her first novel so I suspect, some of these issues will be resolved in other books.

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Who doesn't love a con artist story? I'm surprised we don't see more of them, honestly! This one did a great job having dual narrators but with very distinct voices. That is less common than you'd think! It really built suspense and kept me interested to see what was going to happen next. The con was as complex as you'd hope which helped a lot.

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This was a really good and promising debut novel and I look forward to more from this author.

The story is told in dual POV with some flashbacks throughout. I enjoyed how the characters developed as the story progressed, especially as I wasn't sure what to think of Elle or Olivia at the beginning. Some of the twists were a bit predictable but there were a few that shocked me. Overall a good read.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

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Elle and Olivia are two women from two different walks of life who come together to plan the ultimate scheme. The women start a jewelry cleaning and appraising business together, where they service wealthy housewives' jewelry and con them out of it in the process. Both women share this big secret, but they also have their own secrets. For most of her life, Elle has been a con artist and now she is currently on the run. Olivia does not have the perfect life and puts on a facade from day to day. She is racking up debt from fertility treatments in hopes of conceiving a baby, her marriage is on rocky grounds, and she is paying her blackmailing father for his silence. The women come together to form this plot that will be mutually beneficial to both parties. Elle will get her family's jewelry back, and Olivia will make the money she so desperately needs.

Between Lies and Revenge is an interesting con artist story, where two women come together in an unexpected way. I enjoyed the dynamic between the women and although some parts did seem a little flat, the events that took place were suspenseful enough to keep me reading through to the end. Having both Olivia's and Elle's POVs made the story even more interesting, along with the flashbacks into Elle's life. This book has the themes of friendship, loyalty, lies, and revenge, which made is a great read!

Thank you NetGalley, Rising Action Publishing Co, and Hannah D Sharpe for this ARC!

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Two women from completely different worlds become thrown together due to circumstances neither foresaw. Elle lost her brother who was her only true friend in the world, the only one she felt close to and had a strong bond with even when they were separated throughout their childhood. She makes her living as con artist and is currently on the run. While out one day Elle spots a woman who has the most beautiful necklace on, not only is it beautiful, it is hers and she wants it back. Olivia looks like she has it all but unbeknown to many she is extremely unhappy, all she wants is a baby but numerous attempts of fertility treatment have so far proved unsuccessful, all done without her husbands knowledge. Her credit cards are all past their limits and her husband does not believe in financial credit. Elle befriends Olivia and offers to appraise the jewelry, soon this will lead to a relationship between the two that neither of them could have foreseen.

I thoroughly enjoyed going on this journey with these women. the premise is intriguing and before I knew it I was already half way through the book. The pacing is excellent along with the portrayal of each character. The book is told in dual POV's and this really works enhancing the story. Themes of friendship and revenge are strong throughout the book and I am sure if you give this one a try you too will be as engrossed as I was. Five stars.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an advanced copy, all opinions expressed are my own.

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This was such a suspenseful novel, it had everything that I was looking for from the description and from the cover. The cover had that mystery element and worked with the story being told. I enjoyed the way the characters were written and it left me wanting to read more from Hannah D Sharpe.

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I love stories about scammers, but this one was just not a fit for me. The narrative read like a list of actions the narrators took, rather than a story unfolding. It's a bummer because I was so excited to read this book. Hopefully other readers will connect with it more than me.

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This is the first book in a long, long time that pulled me in immediately. The writing and planning of the plot was extremely well done, and although I kind of knew where the story was heading, there were literally small (or large) revelations up until the very end. I think Sharpe did a wonderful job fleshing out her characters- I felt sympathy for Elle, and wanted her to get what was rightfully hers- even though she was morally questionable. It says a lit about an author when you want the (sort of) bad guy to win. Also, the MLM theme was on POINT. There was a time in my early 20s that I had no true friends, only friends wanting me to buy whatever new miracle cure or candle or leggings they were selling that month. I don't want to give anything away, but I will sawnthat I found the ending deeply, deeply satisfying. Definitely will be recommending this book, and I look forward to what the author produces next!

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