Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What Hidden Lies by Michele Rowe

Winner of the 2011 CWA Debut Dagger Award. When Detective Persephone (Persy) Jonas is forced to work with retired criminal psychologist Dr Marge Labuschagne to solve the murder of a suspected sex offender, suspicion and distrust threaten to derail the investigation. Persy believes the killer is her childhood sweetheart, now turned vicious gangster; Marge is sure the answer lies in the victim's shady past. As the women race against time and their own prejudice to hunt the killer, past and present collide, unearthing long buried secrets and lies. As the hunt intensifies they realise they have more in common than they think and are bound in ways they could never have imagined. Finally faced with a ruthless killer, it seems that the darkest secrets are the ones they are hiding from themselves.

Shew, I had actually forgotten I had this book, it took me so long to get around to reading it (having a Kindle will do that to regular books). I bought this ages ago at the Bloody Book Week event we went to.

I wasn't so sure  about this book when I started it ... I know it sounds strange, but the title annoys me. It feels incomplete. What Hidden Lies ... Beneath? I know it's supposed to be lies, the noun, but when you read it, it sounds like it is a verb and there should be another word or two there o_0 I think it's cause the sentence starts with "What". I don't know, but it annoyed me the entire time I was reading. Ridiculous, I know.

What I did thoroughly end up enjoying about this book was it's local setting. Having grown up in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, this was all very familiar to me. I wonder if this is what people who live in New York or Chicago feel when they read books set there?

Another big, and surprising, plus for me while reading this was that I did NOT see the twist coming. I mean I knew something was coming but I didn't guess right. So that gets an immediate thumbs up from me ;)

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