Today it is my spot on the #BlogTour for Andrew Barrett’s #TheEndOfLies and a huge thank you to Sarah over at #BloodhoundBooks for inviting me on to the tour and for the ARC.
I haven’t read any of Andrew’s books before and I think I’m going to have to remedy that sometime soon!
What the blurb says:
My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.
Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.
There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan.
I’m saying nothing about the plot for fear of ruining your reading experience, the blurb is all you need to know other than this one fact: “The End of Lies,” tells a huge lie right from the outset with that title! “The End of Lies” is a lie because this book is just jam-packed full of lies, lies and more lies! So many lies that even the most shrewd Miss Marple amongst us readers will end up with their head spinning and having no idea what and who to trust!
From the very outset, it was #Boom! That opening chapter grabbed me in immediately and that was me hooked! Right away my stomach was churning, the tension ramped up and it didn’t give up all the way through to the very end! I think I read most of this book holding my breath!
Short sharp taut narrative pulls you straight into the midst of the plot and there is no escape and OMG, that plot! Seriously you are going to love it! If you watched this in the cinema you would be on the edge of your seat all the way through!
“The End of Lies” is told from the POV of Becky, Chris’s wife and tells her story from finding her husband stabbed to death on the living room floor and her frantic attempts to come up with the goods before the bad guys finish her off! And when I say bad guys, I mean like BAD guys! Seriously BAD guys! Their threats to Becky were not for the faint-hearted and I’m still wincing when I think about them! These were not the type of guys you want to be messing with! With names like Savage and Streaky, let’s just say they kind of fit every mental picture you have of them!
Becky is a bit of a tough little cookie and is determined that she is going to get the better of the baddies but just what has she let herself in for. I swung between breaking my heart for her to thinking she had a major death wish going on with her stunts and antics. However, she engaged me from the very beginning and she was definitely the strongest character throughout.
Becky’s friendship with Sienna is explored as the two women try to make sense of the situation they find themselves in and their relationship is put to the test as they both try to deal with their own feelings and emotions. This relationship is dynamite and I mean dynamite!
As the title suggests, Lies are the main name of the game in this book, wrapped up with guilt corruption and a whole lot of red herrings this one is going to keep you guessing and double guessing yourself all the way through.
The writing flows effortlessly and keeps you engrossed and engaged; the only danger is that you may forget to go to sleep once you pick it up or, like me, take it into the bath and come out as a prune! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
“The End of Lies” is a perfect read for those who enjoy cleverly plotted, twisted and gripping reads. It is not for the faint-hearted, there is plenty of action and violence, all completely realistic within the context of the plot but not overly graphic. This book had my heart in my mouth the whole way through! Don’t miss it!
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About the author:
Do you like your crime thrillers to have a forensic element that adds to the realism? Do you like your lead character to be someone intense and unafraid to take on authority?
Andrew writes precisely that kind of crime thriller and has done since 1996, about the same time he became a CSI in Yorkshire.
He doesn’t write formulaic fiction; each story is hand-crafted to give you a unique flavour of what CSIs encounter in real life – and as a practising CSI, he should know what it’s like out there. His thrillers live inside the police domain, but predominantly feature CSIs (or SOCOs as they used to known).
Find out more about him at http://www.andrew-barrett.co.uk