Title- Captured Lies
By Maggie Thom
Publication Date- October 17th, 2012
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it....
Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story... but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.
My 4* Review:
At the start it can be confusing trying to keep up with who is connected to who but this does become clearer the further into the story.
Bailey is a fantastic character, after living her life for so long and then to have one man come into her life and tell her that it has all been a lie. That she was kidnapped as a baby. Only to then find out that not only was she kidnapped once but then a second time too. She has to deal with finding this out whilst having people chasing her trying to stop her from uncovering the truth and jeopardizing everything that they have built over the last 29 years thinking that Bailey was dead.
Captured Lies is well written, the characters have depth, personality and history. Not all of the characters are good people, there are some bad characters the sort that nightmares are made of. The book contains some violent scenes which I thought were handled really tactfully. There is a well written tangled web of lies, deceit, suspense, intrigue, kidnapping and a hint of humour too; just to break up the tension.
The book left me wanting more but at the same time I felt sometimes that there was some information that just wasn't necessary. I also feel like the book lacked closure, I'm not sure if that's because it will be part of a series though.
I have enjoyed reading this book and will be keeping an eye out for other books written by Maggie Thom in the future.
Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full time twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket, she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured Lies) available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years.
Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced
with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine