Disclosure: I received a copy of Promised Lies for review. The opinions below are my own and unbiased.
Detective Lily Blanchette is having a stressful time. Her relationship has broken down, and she has married a man on the rebound. Her mother has been having an affair, and her parents are now getting divorced. And her beloved sister Celine was recently murdered.
Now Lily is taking the lead on an investigation for the first time. It’s a complex serial killer investigation, and the crime scenes bear a striking similarity to how Celine died. Lily is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice.
But as the investigation progresses, Lily’s life becomes ever more complicated. She begins to wonder exactly who she can trust, and even starts to doubt herself.
If you like action packed crime thrillers then Promised Lies should definitely be on your TBR list! It begins with a really shocking chapter that grabbed my attention completely. Young women are being abducted and murdered by an online stalker called CtryGeek23. Although he features quite heavily throughout the novel, Marguerite Ashton very cleverly keeps him hidden in the shadows for most of the book. This makes Promised Lies a very suspenseful read, and the eventual reveal is a real shock.
Promised Lies is the first ‘Detective Lily Blanchette’ novel. Lily Blanchette is a really gutsy character. She loves her job and adores her father, who is also a detective. She’s sometimes over-emotional, but has a really good gut instinct. She also has a very complex private life, and so there are a lot of characters to meet at the start of the novel. This means that there is quite a lot of scene setting after that initial shocking chapter. It did take me a little while to get all of the relationships straight in my head.
But what really struck me about Promised Lies, is that the tension just keeps on getting higher and higher! I thought that the crimes were close to being solved half way through the book, and wondered what was going to happen in the rest of the book. However there are still more surprises in store in the second half of the novel. It all builds up to an incredibly tense and shocking resolution that meant I just couldn’t put it down.
I did think that the book was a little slow to get going, because of the complex cast list, and that’s reflected in the score I’ve given. But it’s worth sticking with the book – all of the elements are woven together so well and it’s such a page-turner!
I really enjoyed reading Promised Lies, and would definitely like to read more about Detective Lily Blanchette in the future.
One quick warning though. The blurb for this book gives away quite a few details about the plot. I hate spoilers, which is why I try not to give them away in my reviews. If I’d read the blurb before the novel, I’d have been disappointed to know so much in advance. So I have trimmed down the blurb below, to cut out some of the detail.
Detective Lily Blanchette has a lot on her plate…
Her sister Celine has recently been murdered, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and Lily has married a man she barely knows while on the rebound. Now she’s lead on a multiple murder investigation, and determined to catch her man. Her father, Detective Collin Blanchette, is very proud of his daughter and plans to help her anyway he can.
Six months after Lily’s sister’s death, the bodies of two young women are discovered. One look at the way the bodies have been posed, and Lily knows her sister’s killer is back. And she’s determined to get him.
But the more she digs, the more she thinks there is more than one murderer at work, and CtryGeek23 is the mastermind. But who is he? And how will they catch him?
Filled with plot turns, suspense and mystery, Promised Lies will leave you wondering how well anybody knows anyone…
A gripping combination of tense crime thriller and complex personal relationships: 7/10