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As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather's cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill's made it-she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant-until one day a reporter lures her to hiAs a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather's cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill's made it-she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant-until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview-and suddenly it all comes rushing back.Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, triggering a series of events that leads Jill down a wormhole of retribution, forcing her to spin an ever-widening web of lies.Meanwhile, Alex is on the case of a series of murders that began as cyber relationships. There seems to be a familiar fingerprint on these crimes, but Alex refuses to believe that the murderer could be so close to him.For those who couldn't put down The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes a thrilling ride a la Mr. and Mrs. Smith, where husband and wife stand on opposite sides of a divide created by lies and rooted in a dark and deadly past....

Title : Deadly Lies
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ISBN : 9781494296520
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 380 Pages
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Deadly Lies Reviews

  • Tulay
    2019-04-14 20:24

    Deadly secrets.Jill character will be hated by everyone, written and developed so good. Interesting subject, after reading the reviews knew the ending, but wanted to know how. Great suspenseful story.

  • Su Srikanth
    2019-04-03 14:11

    I expected something out of this book and I got something else. The suspense that was created in Prologue about the character Jill was not given enough justice throughout the book. No doubt it was a fast read but there was something that went missing in the middle. And if you watch a lot of Hollywood or your regional movies, you will know the ending (completely expected). Looking at many good reviews about this book, I bought it and sad that it didn't turn out as expected.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-04-23 18:16

    I got to 22% in this and packed it in. It's a rare thing (and I suppose quite clever to be able to provoke such feelings) to find a character I despised so much in Jill that I really couldn't care less what happened to her !! The part of the story featuring Alex, her husband, was really interesting but we spent too much time on her, unfortunately.She lies and lies like it's second nature, she acts like a cheap tart all the time and clearly thinks she's god's gift to the male species !! Her rudeness was pretty jawdropping as well. Just an awful person altogether. Drives under the influence too like she's untouchable.I got to page 82, she yelled at Molly the dog for no reason aside from the fact she's a hateful bitch and that hit a nerve for me and I'd seen enough of her.Plus there were too many mistakes. I was irritated on page 1 when she wrote hallow instead of hollow as that didn't bode well, she kept putting apostrophes in the wrong places-Watson's more than once as an example, she spells Rachel this way and then Rachael as the mood takes her which is just sloppy, strait-laced she spelt as straight.....then it was time to spot the deliberate mistake-" he closed the door behind him. Releasing a ragged breath, she stared at the open office door..." Shocking that nobody picked these up !!I'm still pretty surprised that I hated Jill so much but I couldn't stand another minute in her presence, I'm afraid.

  • Hillary
    2019-04-18 13:10

    It's literally every bad TV crime drama trope in a book with a bonus deus ex machina ending.

  • Una Tiers
    2019-04-12 21:20

    The agenda of the author was disturbing. Still others may enjoy the writing.The ending was a surprise.

  • Diamond Drake
    2019-03-29 16:34

    Deadly Lies didn't pan out to be the great read I originally thought it would be. It started strong but less than halfway through it dragged on and became more unbelievable. I just didn't buy that Jill was able to do all that she did undetected. There was never any witnesses that saw or heard anything. And I get that she was married to a cop and had heard a lot about criminals and their actions but most of the time people get caught for the things they CAN'T anticipate . . . like other people being present!I imagine that the abuse Jill suffered at the hands of her stepfather was supposed to help the reader understand her more but I just didn't find that as a good enough excuse to condone or accept her behavior. And I was thoroughly disappointed by the ending which let her get away with it. Deadly Lies had great potential but got weighed down with a lot of repetitive, mundane details that led me to skim through some of it just to get to the end. As always, these are just my opinions.

  • Shea
    2019-04-23 16:37

    I won this for free off the giveaways page and the author sent a thank you card urging me to write a review. So the summary above doesn't start happening until about half way through the book. The first half is about Jill's drama with her lover and Alex is working on a missings person case for his ex-fiance. Now normally I am totally against cheating but in Jill's case I kind of feel for her because Alex doesn't really notice her. Then with Alex you want to scream at him to stay away from his ex. The book was fantastic! I could barely put it down. The only thing that bothered me was Jill would play with her victims and I wanted her to just kill them and I know she couldn't just pull out the gun and BAM but I still wish she could have. Then the ending was... the only was to describe it is to say it was different. So overall I loved the book.

  • Jeannie Hudson
    2019-04-05 21:15

    DEADLY LIES is a gripping suspense novel, very fast-paced with accelerating action. It would appearthat it was written with possible additional sequels in mind which is a good thing. With a verystrong protagonist, the story can certainly sustain several more books. I found Jill to be a ratherunsympathetic heroine at times and that would be my only real criticism. As her character develops, Iwould like to see some growth in her outlook. Over all though, this is a good piece of fiction and Ishould think the author will enjoy much success in the future.

  • Tom
    2019-04-16 16:30

    Not a bad thriller, if you can suspend your disbelief for some parts of it, the ending was not what I predicted either, worth reading just for that.

  • Scott Parsons
    2019-04-05 14:19

    This debut novel by Chris Patchell is a fast-paced, first-rate thriller. Meet Alex and Jill Shannon, detective and computer management guru, married but drifting apart. There are two story lines in this novel which seem unrelated but ultimately converge in a shattering conclusion.When the novel begins Jill is commuting to Silicon Valley where she spends the week returning home on the weekends. Alex is immersed in his police detective work. Jill who is portrayed as a very strong-willed character is having a passionate affair with her boss until he dumps her for another female employee. Jill is about to be fired for challenging this two-timer so she visits his cabin in the mountains in an attempt to make amends. But as they argue her lover is killed in a fatal fall. Jill hightails it back to the city and the death is categorized as accidental.Meanwhile Alex has become immersed in the search for the younger sister of Abby, the woman he left to marry Jill. It is obviously a kidnapping. Alex identifies a suspect through a photo taken by the kidnapped girl at a coffee shop just before she is abducted. The suspect has a long criminal record and is connected to a biker gang in San Francisco. Alex calls in a favour with Jackson a detective friend there and goes to the city to try and track down the suspect. They find him but he escapes and Alex is sent home for having violated a direct order from the local commander not to interfere with their investigation of this motorcycle gang for drugs and other offence.Jill's star is rising at the company where she works. She gets to make the command presentation at a convention. As she is making the way back to her room, she encounters a journalist who wants to do a profile on her. She accompanies him to his room where he offers her a drink, which he has spiked with a roofie. Jill is raped while unconscious. She then discovers that the journalist has videotaped the encounter to post on a website where other men with his twisted tastes do the same. After killing the rapist Jill checks out this website and decides to exact revenge on these predators. She becomes a one-woman vigilante who uses internet dating to troll for the men involved in this sick game.Ultimately Alex's investigation intersects with his colleague's murder investigation. This leads to a dramatic confrontation which ends tragically.

  • Susan Swiderski
    2019-03-26 17:29

    How well do we really know the people we love? Police detective Alex Shannon thought he knew his wife Jill very well, but now he's not so sure. Something's changed. As a sexually abused teenager, Jill vowed to never be a victim again, so when abuse rears its ugly head again and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear, she has to do something to take control of her life again. The problem is, that "something" is far from legal. When the detective's investigation uncovers clues leading right to his bride, what will he do about it? Uphold the law, let his wife go... or something else? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and give it a very strong 4 1/2 stars. Terrific story, great character development, terrific writing, and a few satisfying surprises in the plot. Who could ask for anything more? This is an excellent book, all the way around, especially for a debut. The ONLY drawback is it could have stood a wee bit more editing. For example, the word "forty" is misspelled as "fourty" in ten chapter headings. Once, it could be dismissed as a mere typo. Stuff happens. But ten times? It should have been caught and corrected. There are also other minor editing misses. Nothing earth-shattering, but when a book is written this well, and tells a story this interesting, has a cover this good, and is sooo close to achieving perfection, it's a shame the author and/or editors didn't give it another read-through or two. Then, I would have given it a very enthusiastic five stars.All in all, I highly recommend this book. UPDATE: The author has done some additional editing, so I'm gonna do some editing here, too. No more 4 or 4 1/2 stars. No sirree. Make it a full-blown five.

  • Jean
    2019-04-05 13:10

    As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather's cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill's made it-she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant-until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview-and suddenly it all comes rushing back. Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, triggering a series of events that leads Jill down a wormhole of retribution, forcing her to spin an ever-widening web of lies.Meanwhile, Alex is on the case of a series of murders that began as cyber relationships. There seems to be a familiar fingerprint on these crimes, but Alex refuses to believe that the murderer could be so close to him.The story definitely has an unexpected ending.

  • Rita Sheppard
    2019-04-14 17:37

    This has all the components of a mystery that will capture your attention and keep you reading -- office politics, adultery, kidnapping, date rape, and murder.What makes a person turn evil? Background, past experiences, events that happen? Alex and Jill's marriage seems to be good but circumstances intercede that make it go so wrong. How can someone start cold bloodedly killing people and justify it it? Is there a good reason or do they get caught up in the thrill of it?I had a hard time putting this book down because I wanted to see where it was going. I thought I knew how it would end but the ending was totally unexpected. The author knows how to keep you on edge and wanting to read more.

  • Carol Peterson
    2019-03-30 19:24

    I really liked this book. It kept me interested throughout. There were two different stories going on and I was interested in both and trying to figure out how they would be joined. This is what you want out of a good book. One that keeps you wanting to read the next page.

  • Alice Neilson
    2019-03-29 15:07

    I'm afraid I can't give the 5 stars like so many of the other reviewers did. The characters made such bad choices, and did such things I can't even imagine. But it was entertaining and kept you with it.

  • Jool
    2019-04-11 20:11

    Wow. This book is gripping suspense. Sometimes I had to just get up and walk away from it. Keeps you guessing right up to the end. I highly recommend.

  • Michael Kobylarz
    2019-03-27 15:25

    I read this book in just over a day during a couple of flights and a layover. It definitely kept me in suspense. There's things I liked but things I didn't care for:The Good:-The characters are definitely flushed out in ways where you see that even the good characters have their bad sides and vice versa. Too often characters are written very one-dimensionally, and while some of the secondary characters can come across that way, the main characters were written pretty well.-It really moved along quite well. It didn't drag.-It definitely surprises you from the beginning to the end. A few times I had to go back and read again as I thought, "Wait, did that really just happen?"The Bad:-The story unfolded in various different cities, many times hundreds of miles away. It always 'just so happened' that any character that needed to be somewhere at a particular time was already planning on being there anyway. -Kind of almost the same thing with the characters jobs. Their skill sets or job descriptions are pretty much non-existent in the real world, but were instead contrived simply to move the plot forward.-Some things that happened were told in great detail, while other things that were pretty important or would have been interesting to the reader were glossed over. (view spoiler)[-The ending - I get it that in this day in age every book has to have a 'twist' at the end, and that's the new rage. But I also think some of the most satisfying stories end with the 'bad character' having to atone for their wrongdoings. The way this book ended, the main character walked away not only avoiding having to answer for what happened, but feeling zero remorse about any of it. Sorry, that's not 'worth' the twisty ending, and I hope the author can mature in her writing and realize that a satisfying ending might not make a reader gasp in shock and still be the better option.(hide spoiler)]Really, not a bad book at all but just couldn't consider this for more than 3 stars for what I think were examples of lazy writing.

  • Gwen Stevens
    2019-04-09 14:17

    An Unexpected Surprise — An Excellent ReadAlex and Jill Shannon are the perfect couple … right down their yellow Labrador Molly … but trouble is lurking under the surface. Alex is a detective, a good one, and the job means a little less attention focused where it should be—on his wife. When Alex’s ex-girlfriend enlists his help in finding her missing sister, it strains an already strained marriage. But there’s more going on than the obvious. Jill is hiding a troubled past. She was sexually abused and she made a solemn promise for it to never happen again. All these elements become combustible when something triggers Jill into doing the unthinkable. Her biggest problem? Not letting her husband know. DEADLY LIES by Chris Patchell is a darn good read. It started out a little wonky for me, but it doesn’t take long to get into the heart of the story, and when it does, it never lets up.The story is told tandem style, and weaves what’s going on in Alex and Shannon’s lives by allowing them to take center stage and tell what’s going on through their POV. While I loved Alex from the get go, Jill … not so much. But when the ticking time bomb Jill carries inside goes off, both sections of the story mesh beautifully, and I became as vested in Jill as I was Alex. What can I say? I was fixated on this story.Chris Patchell is a really good writer. Her skill is evident in the way the story flows, the fast pacing, and the way we get caught up in drama. The suspense is always present, urging us to read more than we planned, and the surprises that occur keep it that way. As for the ending? Definitely, did not anticipate it! It’s a big shockaroo and I loved it. It finished off the tale in style and left me happy that I spent the time reading this taut mystery/thriller.I definitely recommend DEADLY LIES to all you mystery buffs. I’m sure after reading it, you’ll want more of Chris Patchell. Put her and it on your list of summer reads and enjoy!

  • Becky Baldridge
    2019-04-21 19:16

    3.5 starsThis one is a bit of slow build and took me awhile to get into, but I have to say that the more I learned about the characters and their back story, the more my curiosity was piqued about where the story would go. From the beginning, Jill is not a likable character. She's cold and seems to have little regard for others. Of course, it doesn't take long to figure out that we aren't supposed to like her. I was left with a bit of a head scratch about Alex's jumps in logic in his investigation, but it certainly makes for some rising tension. The story is part vigilante/serial killer thriller and part crime drama, and the conclusion kept me turning pages and was certainly a jaw-dropping, I didn't expect that development. I'll be interested to see where it all goes from here.

  • Glady
    2019-03-31 16:26

    I had to spend this gray, cloudy day at home waiting for a series of repairmen. Consequently, a quick read like Deadly Lies was absolutely perfect for a rather boring time.Patchell's novel has a young married woman, Jill, hiding a painful secret from her police detective husband, Alex. Her past as an abused child haunts her and her actions become increasingly erratic as she confronts those who abuse her in the present. At the same time, her husband is investigating the murder of a young girl and the murderer soon sets his sights on Jill and Alex. ZThere isn't much originality here and some of the writing is repetitive, but the pace of the novel kept me going all day.

  • Karen
    2019-03-30 15:12

    Excellent readI received this book free for an honest review. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The author did an excellent job of keeping the reader in suspense, and the ending wasn't what I expected. I look forward to reading more books by Chris Patch ell and I highly recommend this book of suspense.

  • Lori Shankle
    2019-04-17 14:18

    A Dead on Hit!I have read a few books written by Chris Pratchell and this one didn't disappoint either! The characters are so well written they seem to jump off the page and become real! The plot line is so intense that it makes you say "just one more chapter"! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense!

  • Jan Butchart
    2019-04-09 17:28

    Great story!!Loved the storyline....great interweaving between Alex and Jill but really wondered why they were together at all it seemed such a distant relationship. ...not a great "couple". Maybe Alex should have ended up with Abby. I did really enjoy the book though. ..well written and great plot twists. Highly recommend and will keep an eye out for this author

  • Mrs. Nicola
    2019-04-21 16:18

    A good readEnjoyed every bit of it. I've got passed the half way mark couldn't put it down. Just think that the ending was kind of abrubt and in a way sad to but on the whole a great plot.

  • Beatrice
    2019-04-07 16:09

    Jill was too self reliant, she could have told her husband what had happened to her and avoided all the deadly drama that followed. Still, the drama is what made me want to read on and on and on and on.

  • Lorraine
    2019-03-27 16:26

    WOW!! What a great read!!This book, was a great read, with action all the way through. Spine tingling action through out. LOL, you almost need a scorecard to keep track of who is doing what, to whom. Murder and mayhem abound. A hard to put down book.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-08 18:11

    Sympathy for a killer?I love this author! These characters are very well developed and formed into complex people. I am a bit iffy on some parts of the story, but on the whole it is a really good book.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-18 14:29

    A thriller that will keep you reading on into the night! Two plots are entwined and the results are surprising. The character studies were captivating. The main female character instead of playing the usual heroine, became the "dark lady". A well-written fast paced story.

  • Bruce Pattison
    2019-04-06 21:16

    Amazing book!This book is so different to any I have read and I was shocked over and over again with the twists and turns. I did not love the ending, but it was again, totally unexpected.

  • Patty
    2019-04-15 20:26

    great book. enjoyed it very much.