Death & Other Lies

(52 customer reviews)

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This item will be released on November 26, 2019.

Death & Other Lies

by Carol L. Ochadleus

When the police can find no proof that Matt Errington’s missing girlfriend, Kate, even exists, he follows a fragile clue across the ocean to Wales to find her; only to loose his memory in a tragic accident.
Waking up in a Welsh hospital, he finds he’s a suspect in a terrorist plot to murder thousands. With no knowledge of who he is or why he’s in Wales, Matt struggles to defend himself from the charges while all along his nightmares make him fear they are true.
In an eerie seaside cottage, an elderly Welsh woman knows the truth and decides to help Matt to recover. Will she be able to help him in time to save thousands from the terrorists?
Does Matt finally solve the mystery of Kate?
Can he live with the truth?

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Weight .945 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .665 in
ISBN-13

978-1-64390-063-6

LoCCN

2019942528

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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Genre

Fiction Mystery, Fiction Suspense, Fiction Thriller

52 reviews for Death & Other Lies

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    Eric J Reviewer (Goodreads)

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overall, I liked book and liked characters. The plot was a good one, and the book was an interesting blend between Romance and Mystery/Thriller. All characters, Matt, Kate, Elizabeth and Lilly, were well built out. Author introduces some beautiful locations.

    Not to generalize, there were spots that book moved rather slowly, such as when Matt was recovering from amnesia or when Matt was held by Interpol/MI6. I think I would have liked this book even more as a 320 instead of 390 page book (needed more editing down).

    On the whole, I liked the book and would recommend it.

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    Joy, Reviewer (Goodreads)

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loved this book! Was refreshing to read a book that could happen in today’s time. Our book club has read a lot of historical fiction lately. This book had government spies, chemical warfare, terrorists but mainly a love story! I found myself anxious, wanting Matt to find his girlfriend Kate. I ended with tears coming down my face which is always a true 5 star rating. Our book club met the author last night and loved hearing how Carol writes her books and her inspiration behind the characters. Look forward to reading more from her.

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    Karen, Reviewer (Goodreads)

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I loved this book. It is a real page turner with a riveting story. I read it during a difficult time in my life and it was a lifeline. I picked it up whenever I could and was sad when I finished it. The characters were well written and believable and the story line was not at all predictable. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and found it easy to follow. Place this on your must-read list. If you like a satisfying death scene then this is the book for you. I actually laughed out loud when I read it!

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    Betsy H, Reviewer (Goodreads)

    Great read, hard to put down.

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    Annette, Reviewer (Goodreads)

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loved the story, a mix of romance and espionage, great plot that keeps you reading to the end.

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    David C. Reviewer (Goodreads)

    I found Death & Other Lies to be an interesting read that developed more and more the further I read.
    I usually enjoy violent thrillers, but I chose this book for a change of pace, and I wasn’t disappointed. Carol weaves a wonderful story that is easy to follow and understand. The beautiful descriptions of quirky-Frannys cottage in Wales had me wanting to go there!
    Recommend for lovers of a mystery entwined with romance.

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    Victoria S. Reviewer (Goodreads)

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great story

    First I’ll say this was a great story. I felt so sorry for Matt, trying so hard to find this woman he thought would never come into his life. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Elizabeth, withholding The truth From Matt. I would normally have given this story a 5 star rating, but I had a hard time getting into it at the beginning. I’m my opinion, I didn’t feel drawn into the story. There were many places I felt were too descriptive without a purpose. Others may feel differently. Despite this, I would definitely recommend reading the book.

  8. Amazon Reviews

    Monette L. Bebow Reinhard
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    March 8, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    First, the writing isn’t great. Among other problems, the author makes one of those major writing errors that switches POV from one to another without a break.

    But when it works, it’s interesting, following the trail of a fellow whose girlfriend disappears mysteriously, as if she never existed. The plot thickens because Matt is working on a deadly virus (why is never shared) and developing the antidote. He becomes distracted by her disappearance, and this leads to the sub plot of the international world incident developing.

    So we’re right away misled to believe his mysterious girlfriend is involved in keeping him from the cure. But why? Why want to destroy the world and all the people you love? That alone could keep you turning the pages.

    I wish it had been edited better. As it is, I cannot go above three stars, which to me is a neutral rating. Above and beyond the thriller plot, it became a typical romance, which puts this outside of what I normally read. It was intriguing for a while, when Matt wondered how a woman could erase herself so completely from her life, but the use of Muslim terrorists lacked any sensitivity for Islam, which should not be done in today’s world. If you’re going to create “bad” Muslims you need to also involve “good” Muslims to stop them.

    And it could have been shortened, too, by some good editing. It went on for too long. If possible, I’d give it 3.5, because the plot did keep me turning the pages.

  9. Amazon Reviews

    Arleen Alleman, Reviewer (Amazon)
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    December 26, 2016
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Carol L. Ochadleus has written a fun, interesting, and unique story with crime, government intrigue, angst, and a timeless love story. The book held my interest throughout. Matt, Kate, Ben, and Elizabeth were believable characters, and the research into clandestine government activities was evident. The dialog was fairly realistic. The supernatural component overlayed on the story, which helped resolve the plot, will appeal to some readers, but was unnecessary for me. This is a great first novel and I will certainly read more books by this author.

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    Victoria Schwimley, Reviewer (Amazon)
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    July 23, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    First I’ll say this was a great story. I felt so sorry for Matt, trying so hard to find this woman he thought would never come into his life. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Elizabeth, withholding The truth From Matt. I would normally have given this story a 5 star rating, but I had a hard time getting into it at the beginning. I’m my opinion, I didn’t feel drawn into the story. There were many places I felt were too descriptive without a purpose. Others may feel differently. Despite this, I would definitely recommend reading the book.

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    Denise W. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    September 1, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    I was drawn in from the beginning as Matt came home to find his girlfriend and all her things gone with no trace of her existence. As he travels to Europe to find answers, an accident causes his memory loss. Meanwhile the CIA is frantically trying to find the antidote to reverse a deadly virus that only Matt has the formula but without his memory he is no help. Can Matt’s memory and the antidote be found before terrorists use their evil to kill thousands of people? It’s an exciting journey to discover secrets with some plot twists along the way, and a great love story that will have you cheering for Matt and hoping he will conquer all obstacles to reunite with his beloved Kate. Great first novel by this author. I cannot wait for the sequel!

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    B A Hughes, Reviewer (Amazon)
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    April 5, 2019
    Format: Kindle Edition

    I so enjoyed this book that I felt like Peggy Lee when I read the last line….”is that all there is? Is that all there is to life?” I wanted more pages to get lost in and I wanted to know more about the 3 main characters extended lives.

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    Katherine Corbett, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    October 19, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Lovely blend of spy novel and romance. Well-written, strong characters and interesting plot. So glad to discover this great author.

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    Elizabeth K. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    March 30, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    I loved reading this book. The author did a great job of keeping me entertained as I went page-by-page, grabbing me in and making me feel as if I was experiencing the story’s events right alongside the characters. Definitely a worthy read, especially if you are a fan of plot twists, turns and suspense!

  15. Amazon Reviews

    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    April 20, 2016
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Our book club just finished this book and we all loved it. The character development was great and you had a little be of everything: romance, suspense, espionage and terrorists. All of this made for some great book discussion. I would suggest this book to all avid readers and book clubs alike. We cant wait for the sequel!!

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    April 1, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Read the whole book driving from Michigan to Florida! Loved it👍.

  17. Amazon Reviews

    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    January 5, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    Enjoyed reading this book very much. Hope there will be a sequel!! Great read, enjoyed the mystery, how all the details came together. Could not put the book down. Thank you for a enjoyable read!!

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    Elizabeth H. Reviewer (Amazon)
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    September 13, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    A very good read. Characters draw you in. Good book club book.. many aspects to discuss!

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    August 30, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    Very entertaining. I enjoyed the story and look forward to a sequel.

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    January 4, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It continued to pique my interest and I loved the plot, pace and the main characters in this book. I can’t wait to read the next one!!!

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    nspnovi, reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    April 23, 2016
    Format: Kindle Edition

    I found this book to be very entertaining with well developed characters you either loved or hated. Waiting for the sequel!

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    Dominic L. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    March 30, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    Really liked this book – some twists I didn’t expect. Can’t wait for the next one!

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    Dave Kilgore
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    January 8, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    Good story. Kept me interested the whole way through. Went in different directions I wouldn’t have expected. That’s a good thing.

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    Shelly, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    April 12, 2016
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Good mystery! Exciting and enjoyed the plot.

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    January 4, 2016
    Format: Kindle Edition

    It was a great story line, kept me interested!

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    William C. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    January 31, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    I enjoyed the book very much. Looking forward to more.

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    George J. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    December 7, 2014
    Format: Paperback

    Twisting plot with great character development, I couldn’t put it down. A must read!

  28. Amazon Reviews

    willcape, reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars “EMOTIONALLY RIVETING.”
    December 2, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    Carol is an exciting author her book “Death and Other Lies will have you on the edge of your seat. “A REAL PAGE TURNER!” Death and Other Lies is a really good read that keeps you in suspense until the very end! This book is “EMOTIONALLY RIVETING.” The characters were well developed. Death and Other Lies has a lot of “TWISTS and TURNS” and very, you will be wanting more. “A MUST BUY!” Can’t wait until the next one!

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    Karen, Reviewer (Amazon)
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    September 13, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    I really enjoyed reading Death and Other Lies. The story drew me in right away with the disappearance of the girlfriend. I found the characters believable and the plotline was fast-paced without losing me along the way. I am hoping that there will be a sequel so I can find out want happens to Matt in the future.

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    Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    July 1, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Death & Other Lies is a wonderful addition to the espionage/mystery genre. From America to London and Wales, the reader is taken on a mysterious journey that spans the continents as Matt searches for the love of his life, a woman he is beginning to doubt ever existed. The plot was very well thought out and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

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    MaryAnn S, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    July 23, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    I found the book a great read. Being the author’s first published novel, she did an amazing job on the story line and capturing my interest. The author has a definite flair with her language skills. I loved each of the characters as they were thoroughly developed.
    Overall, my recommendation; a “MUST READ”!

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    Teddy, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    April 30, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It had a few twists which were not anticipated. I read it on a 4 day weekend vacation getaway. would greatly recommend this book for anyone that likes intrigue and relationships type reading

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    April 20, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    A really good read that kept me going until the very end! Many emotions were covered by the author. The characters were richly developed. The story had many complex curves and bends but kept me intrigued and wanting to find out more. From Michigan to Iraq to Wales and back, I felt like iI was traveling the world. I am really looking forward to the sequel!

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    Jadedsas2000, reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    March 29, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition

    A Great Read!!
    Loved every page of it.

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    March 14, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    A MUST READ!
    I don’t typically write reviews, but I felt compelled to after reading this book. The author did an excellent job of keeping the story entertaining throughout and topped it off with a very unexpected and exciting conclusion. Worth every penny. A must read for those who love mysteries!

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    Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    March 6, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    I really enjoy this book, it was recommended to me by a family member. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the plot and the character development which held my interest through out. if you enjoy a good mystery novel this should whet your whistle. Can’t wait for the next one.

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    September 23, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    Carol, your a very talented writer. I like how you describe things – I want to read more! I also like your extra space between paragraphs it gives you a chance to take in what you’ve read and easy on your eyes. Great read!!

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    Sue, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    June 21, 2015
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Loved this wonderful mystery novel from the beginning! Really impressed with the author’s ability to so brilliantly depict all the characters in the book. I certainly hope we’ll be reading much more from this really talented author.

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    Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    March 29, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of exciting twists and turns throughout the book to keep my attention. I would give this two thumbs up!

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    Brian K. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    March 11, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    Great New Talent
    Carol writes a fun and exciting set of characters in this psychological thriller that takes some twists and turns. A very fun read, and I recommend it to anyone looking for new talent with a solid voice and creative direction.

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    Wordie
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    March 29, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    A very good read. Kept my attention and developed a good plot. Would love to read more by this author.

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    Mary Lynn, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    October 31, 2015
    Format: Kindle Edition

    Very good book! Great Writer

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    December 21, 2015
    Format: Paperback

    I love this book! I could not put it down. What a ride and so well written. I love thrillers and this is definitely at the top of my list. I would definitely recommend.

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    Claire, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    January 28, 2015
    Format: Paperback

    I would characterized the book a Love Story, although this book offers plenty of other action. I am not the type of person to read a book in one sitting. Read this book over a three day period. Very enjoyable read.

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    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    April 12, 2017
    Format: Paperback

    Great book! It definitely had me wanting to read more.

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    Christine Stecker, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    January 8, 2015
    Format: Paperback

    LOVED IT!! COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN! The Prologue grabbed me and by Chapter 1, I was totally sucked in!. Share with all your friends and family! Can’t wait for 2nd book.

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    Divine W. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    March 23, 2016
    Format: Paperback

    Loved the book. Great story line. Hoping for a sequel

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    Jennie, Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    December 22, 2015
    Format: Paperback

    I really enjoyed this book! Great read!

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    Edward A. Reviewer (Amazon)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Anticipated Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas
    January 27, 2019
    Format: Paperback

    Many twists occur throughout this well designed mystery occurring in the US and Europe. I particularly enjoyed the Welsh back roads traversing the sea. Foggy mysticism, a love story, suspense and certainly bodies. A great read. Could not put it down.

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    Cristie Reviewer (Amazon)

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Story
    The author wrote a thriller that started with a bang and just kept going! The twists kept coming, so I couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait to read more from this author!

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    Jacqui H. Reviewer (Netgalley)

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Essentially a romance and thriller, the story is good and generally well written with plenty of description. Matt is a research scientist working on viruses and their antidotes. He has an apparently happy relationship with his girlfriend Kate. Coming home after a hard day’s work he finds – nothing; she’s gone, her things have gone and his flat is back to where it was before he knew her. He has historic mental problems and fears that she was a figment of his imagination especially when the police can’t really help. He eventually finds a book with a postcard in it to Kate, presumably and from her mother, presumably. The postcard is of a London hotel and he follows the lead – with the help of his local police detective who does believe that Kate existed, even if she wasn’t quite as she seemed. The woman sending the postcard apparently drowned at the hotel and links from that send him to Wales. This is where it got flaky to me – from the London hotel he packed his euros to go to Wales, nope, they’re on Sterling as is the rest of the UK. Once there, he found a B&B where dinner consisted of Welsh Rarebit, boiled potatoes and carrots with (the inevitable) laver bread thrown in. Honestly – cheese on toast for dinner? No sign of bunnies in rarebit! After a genuine accident he wakes up in the local hospital with absolutely no idea who he is but is taken to the house of, wait for it, the alleged mother and drowned woman. The house is run by an elderly Welsh woman who has second sight and the most appalling idea of Welsh phraseology that you can imagine. Everything is “ye this” and “ye that” and the odd idea of how Welsh English sounds – oh dear, Google it and listen please. Sing song, even “look you”s”on the end of sentences would be better than this Irish meets not sure where,. for example “.. I’ve tea in the pot, fresh bread in the oven and kippers. Opened some of me best peaches too. We can go to town on da tomorrow if ye want”. Peaches are fresh or canned over here, are too expensive (and rarely ripen properly when bought) to bottle or can – we typically go for the old plums, damson and gooseberries – “on da tomorrow”? ‘on the tomorrow’ or da as in dad? . Sigh. Running through this is a story of terrorism – extreme Muslims using his virus obtained from a traitorous colleague at work, the chasings of Matt and the various traitors/terrorists by CIA, Interpol and other law enforcers. Whilst convoluted and not always believable with the number of near misses it is a strong story nonetheless. He does find Kate, not saying how as the twists getting there are worth reading from scratch, but it takes far too long for them to sort out their differences and I found that the last few chapters just got a bit boring to be honest. The ending is rather the opposite of many books that I’ve read recently in that they deal with the badguys and a page later that’s it. This one went too far the other way. There’s also a rather lot of pontification from one character as to why he did what he did – the good of the country over family – but there you are. I really think that the author needs to do more research on places about which she clearly knows little. We make the approach to Birmingham International Airport from the west and Matt, our hero, loves our meandering “rock fences” (better known as stone walls or stone dykes over here (although to confuse foreigners, dykes can also be ditches depending upon where you originate) and the “rough, craggy outcroppings of boulders”. Google Earth would quickly show that Birmingham itself, the Black Country and other urban conurbations spread for many many miles to the west of the airport, not the idyllic countryside which, incidentally has hedges not walls. Walls were built where there were useful outcrops of rock – limestone in the Cotswolds, sandstones in northern England, granite Dartmoor to mention just a few. Wish I could put a screen shot of the area up here.. Thus, whilst the story is entertaining and the writing itself well done the context needs lots of improvement. With the web so easily available these days there is no excuse for lack of, or poor, research. Thanks to NetGalley and Zimbell House Publishing for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

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    Reviewer 537023 (Netgalley)

    Thanks to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book. However, I just wasn’t able to connect with it. The writing style didn’t pull me in, and I didn’t get a sense of authenticity. I loved the concept and the promise of the storyline, and I’m sure others will like it better than I did, but it just wasn’t for me.

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