Who’s Lying Now?
by Susan Lewis
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Pub Date 06 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 06 Dec 2022
Harper 360, HarperCollins
You think you’re safe.
You think you know your neighbours.
But can you ever really know who’s telling the truth?
Jeannie Symonds is a force to be reckoned with – an eccentric, award-winning publisher, spending lockdown with her husband in a house near Kesterly-on-Sea. She seems to have it all: a high-flying career, a happy marriage, a niece she adores.
And then one day, she vanishes.
Cara Jakes is a new trainee investigator – young, intelligent and eager to prove herself. When she teams up with detective Andee Lawrence to look into the disappearance, she is determined to find out what has really happened to Jeannie. Cara begins to question the residents of this close-knit community, sure that someone has a secret to hide.
But how can she separate the truth from the lies?
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This book is about a disappearance in a neighborhood in the mystery into what happened. I love a good mystery thriller so I absolutely enjoyed this book. I would call it is a more sinister Desperate Housewives!
I really enjoyed this book! It hooked me from the very first chapter, and kept me hooked the entire time!
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Harper360 and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Fantastic thriller full of mystery and intrigue.
The first chapters of the books go back and forth in time, which is not my favorite format. It takes place in an area where everyone knows everyone else as well as everyone’s business! A woman goes missing and the community is questioning everything they ever knew about their neighbors. A very good “who done it” as suspicions are rampant. My thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy for my independent review
love this book, great characters, and plot. the storyline was very interesting. hope to read more.
This book was great, the characters were well developed. The plot was interesting. Highly recommend it.
Thanks to Harper360, and #NetGalley provided to me via Kindle for my review of Who's Lying Now? Written by Susan Lewis.
You think you’re safe.
You think you know your neighbors.
But can you ever really know who’s telling the truth?
Jeannie Symonds is an eccentric, award-winning publisher and has vanished. Detectives Andee Lawrence with Cara Jakes wade through so many lies in the neighbor to find the truth. The truth becomes difficult, due to everyone and their lies. I really enjoyed the book, and what crazy people live within this neighborhood.
I love diving into the latest Susan Lewis thriller! Who’s Lying Now? had my undivided attention from the very first page! The storyline was extremely well written with perfectly placed twists and turns! Susan Lewis always leaves has jaw dropping and this 5 star novel did exactly that! As per usual, I really thought I figured everything out only to find I was very wrong lol! If you love mystery/thrillers as much as I do then this fast paced novel is a MUST READ! Susan Lewis is an automatic read for me and I cannot wait until her next book!
My first read from this author and I will keep reading her work. I love how the story is full of suspense and kept me guessing. This story entails the Covid pandemic with the lockdown so it makes you think and imagine the what ifs.
Jeannie Symonds is a successful publisher, she has a happy life and a handsome husband. While staying at Kesterly-on-Sea during lockdown she suddenly disappears. Detectives Cara Jakes and Andee Lawrence are on the case to find out what happened to her. Everyone in their small community is a suspect.
This was a very entertaining read by Susan Lewis. It was my first novel by her and will not be my last. She had me turning the pages quickly in this wild story. None of the characters were very likable but I felt compelled to find out what happened to Jeannie. I loved the different timelines and the alternating points of view. That's always a plus for me. The ending was also superb! I'll be recommending this one to my friends.
Thank you NetGalley and Harper 360 for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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This hooked me from the first page. Entertaining thriller. There are so many lies when publisher Jessica Symonds disappears.
I’m a big fan of Susan Lewis. She writes domestic suspense with a literary flair and her characters always fascinate me. Here we have a disappearance to investigate. Jeannie snd Guy live in ‘the big house’ in a small English village where villagers know each other and are usually related/invested/divorced from someone in the next family. Helping us investigate the missing Jeannie case is a young trainee Cara along with two seasoned detectives. Lewis allows each character to grow within a tight plot and my allegiances floundered with each new reveal. Can Fliss have the lead in the next book please?
This is a slowly drawn out mystery with lots of details. The author has obviously put a lot of thought into all the little details that make each character come to life on the pages. At the same time, she has thrown out so many red herrings, I couldn't even begin to guess whether the main character ran off, was killed or simply locked up somewhere by one of them. There were lots of tensions and issues between the people in the book.
If you like a carefully plotted story that will keep you guessing, this fills the bill.
This was a good book that kept me guessing throughout. It centers on the disappearance of a how powered executive named Jeannie and the investigation into it. Some chapters are leading up to the disappearance and told from various POVs from Jeannie herself to neighbors and friends, and other chapters focus on the police detective trying to find out what happened.
It did take me a little to get into the book because there are a lot of characters and they are interrelated- Fliss used to be married to Neil, and now Neil is married to Estelle, but he is also Jeannie's landscaper, etc. Once you get this all straight, the book will be more enjoyable. I also couldn't really decide Andee's deal- it wasn't clear to me whether she was still on the police force or not. Beyond that, the story itself was sound and the ending was a suprise, especially as I pride myself in figuring out the twists early on :) I liked the end too, where it went a little furhter into the future so you know how things were resolved, but still left a couple lingering questions to think about after you finish reading. One thing I didn't really like was the constant references to the COVID pandemic- kudos to the author for writing it in at all when many others are leaving it out, but the constant references to mask-wearing and social distancing got really repetitve for me.
Overall, I liked the book once I got going, and think it will be a hit for those that like domestic suspense. I'd round up from 3.4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jeannie Symonds suddenly disappears during COVID lockdown and Detectives Cara Jakes and Andee Lawrence are on the case to find out what happened to her. Where could she have possibly gone, with who and why? A page turning novel that will have you reading in one sitting! This was my first book by Susan Lewis and I cannot wait to read more.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher/author for my ARC in exchange for my review.
Good book! This book had suspense, intrigue, action, mystery, murder and a great who done it! It did focus pretty heavily on the covid epidemic, to me anyway?! That part i didn't like to much but it didn't ruin the book! The storyline was very interesting and kept me glued to my Kindle! I will definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
The title of this multilayered missing person investigation is certainly appropriate. It’s way better than any reality real housewife episode. These couples, X’s, lovers, mothers, wives, fathers and husbands will keep you guessing through each chapter. There are greedy, jealous, self absorbed liars. There’s also ordinary people caught up in a tangled web of their own selfishness. Several families will be forever altered by one person’s disappearance.
It’s set in Kesterly-on-Sea during the pandemic, masks and social distancing are tastefully included in this mystery. The charming little town draws you in. Jeannie is an author and works at a notable publishing house. Her husband, Guy, is a neurosurgeon commuting to London. She’s not in when he returns for a week-end at their lavish estate, Howarth Hall. She doesn’t return. As hours, then days pass, his concern elevates to fear that something has happened to her.
The last person to see her was the landscaper, Neil. His X-wife, Fliss asked Andee, a former detective, to assist in the search for the missing woman. Jeannie has disappeared before and she apparently left voluntarily in her car with personal items, so not much the police can do. There’s no indication of foul play or any reason to believe she didn’t leave of her own accord.
So many questions - did she just need a break from life, does she have a secret lover, is she hurt, have a car accident, is she still alive, is there a crime? The police have a trainee investigator, Cara, who is given the case on a limited basis. She investigates with scant resources and few leads. She has to learn how to separate the lies from facts. Everybody lies.
The more time passes, the more lies and secrets surface. Carve out time to devour this book, there isn’t a break in the suspense, no place the deceit wanes. The tension is high through the twists and turns until the truth is revealed. The characters are full of surprises, they all lie and while some achieve a happy ending, some will get what they deserve.
This is an author I’ve previously enjoyed and this new story did not disappoint. I would certainly recommend to all mystery lovers.
Many thanks to NetGalley for the advance digital copy of “Who’s Lying Now” by Susan Lewis and to Harper Collins Publishers. These are my honest personal thoughts and opinions given voluntarily.
I received an ARC of this book from HarperCollins via NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback. I found the story to be pretty original, which is always a plus when you read a lot of thrillers. There are a lot of characters so it did take me a few chapters to figure everyone out. Some seem to have more to do with the actual story than others, but hearing from so many points of view sort of made it seem like the whole town was involved in this mystery, which I think the author wanted to demonstrate. A few of these characters were super unlikable. Estie was massively annoying and I wondered what on earth did Neil saw in her. The main character of Jeannie was a bossy snob.
I am also still fascinated that we are already reading books set during Covid times. Lockdown was really not all that long ago, so it always catches me a bit off guard, but I enjoy reading about what we were all experiencing at the time.
The chapters go back and forth between well before Jeannie is missing, shortly before, the day of, and afterwards. Occasionally this got confusing and I had to recheck what timeframe we were in.
I did not predict the villain (always impressive when that happens). I was a little confused about the epilogue as it did not seem to add literally anything to the story, unless we were supposed to start questioning whether or not the conclusion was actually true. I would be interested to hear what the author has to say on that!
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