It’s that time of the year! The leaves are changing colors. Everything is pumpkin flavored. And, there are new books to snuggle up with next to the fireplace. It’s time for BookSparks’ Fall Reading Challenge! Continuing with last year’s university theme, we are in our sophomore year and will be covering a variety of topics from Manipulation Sciences to Supernatural Studies. So, pour yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and let’s get started!
Book: Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Course Title: Manipulation Sciences
First Line Teaser: Lauren didn’t know on that Friday in October, when she saw him walking along the road’s edge, that he would soon vanish, or that in the wake of his disappearance, dozens of people would feel compelled to search for him…
Crooked Little Lies is the story of two women who become connected by the disappearance of a troubled, young man. Lauren Wilder nearly hits Bo Laughlin when he is walking by the side of the road. Concerned, Lauren stops to talk to him. When she hears of Bo’s disappearance, Lauren feels compelled to help find him or at least discover what happened to him. Annie Beauchamp works at the local diner while maintaining an uneasy relationship with her step-dad, JT, and his son, Bo. When Annie realizes no one has seen Bo for a few days, the town begins to search for him while the police investigate a possible drug connection. Lauren is eager to help but is recovering from a brain injury and a subsequent drug addiction. Could she have played a role in Bo’s disappearance?
Unlike Gone Girl‘s graphic intensity or The Girl on the Train‘s eerie suspense, Crooked Little Lies is almost cozy but with an undeniable haze of unease. Lauren lives in uncertainty, never sure she remembers events the right way and surrounded by a family who no longer trusts her because of her past drug abuse. The reader lives with Lauren’s uncertainty, too, never sure if Lauren’s version events are true or if the next page will reveal that Lauren is using again. I really like the way Lauren’s character was handled. You want to like her. You feel bad for her. But, can you trust her?
The book didn’t feel very suspenseful to me. Yes, I wanted to get to the end to find out what happened, but the book started off slow and dragged in the middle before picking up at the end. However, I don’t think that’s a reason to pass over this book. My inner editor would have made the book shorter, but who can blame an author for wanting to explore the characters she created? Crooked Little Lies is not a thriller but a cozy suspense, and I think many readers will find it a delightful book for a fall day.
You can find out more about Barbara Taylor Sissel by visiting her website and following her on Twitter and Facebook.
This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge.
P.S. I’m dealing with a cold/allergies, so if this post doesn’t make any sense, blame my cold meds! I haven’t been very active online this week since I’m not feeling well, but I hope to return to my online life next week.
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