Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review: Legitimate Lies by Julie B Cosgrove

January, 2015
Prism Book Group
$3.99 ebook, $15.99 Paperback
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From the Publisher: Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new set of legitimate lies to explain who she is. 

When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of the manor’s freedom. But first she must tunnel through a myriad of lies, including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness?

My Review: Cosgrove’s sequel to Hush in the Storm is filled with dizzying twists. Most of the time I had no idea who to trust, and changed my mind more than once about the identity of the real bad guys. And maybe that’s part of the author’s message. We are all short of the mark of trustworthiness at different times in our lives. Dreams, desires, goals and plans change as we develop and mature, and experience life.

Jen Westlaw is on the move again after her first sojourn in Witness Protection got her cover story blown. This time she’s been sent to Europe, and since her mother was British, it seems a plausible story. Plus, it’s a place she’s always wanted to visit.

Poor Jen can’t have anything go right, and the reader will just have to read the story to see how fiendish the people in her life have become. One lie builds on another...which are the lies necessary to save innocent lives, including her own? Which lies should she keep, and which must be told in order for her to redeem herself?

For those who read this book before Hush in the Storm, the beginning is a bit sloggy while the author catches us up, and readers could probably skim the details. After that, I dare readers to put the book down. Occasionally the story feels like it tumbles down a steep hill completely out of control, but as the truth is pulled back layer by layer, the reader will enjoy many “aha” moments.

Legitimate Lies is for those who like faith-based FBI-type thrillers featuring real-to-life people who struggle with living out their faith, want a virtual visit to England, and love good Happily Ever After endings.

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