Two Lethal Lies has an attention-grabbing first chapter that had me from page one. It’s both a riveting romantic suspense and a heartwarming look at the relationship between a father and his daughter, and it’s this relationship that captivated me. Mitch Turner has a unique rapport with his eleven-year-old daughter Julia, one filled with love, affection and respect. The only problem is they’re on the run, and they’ve been on the run since Julia was a few days old.
Life on the run isn’t easy but Mitch has tried his best to give Julia all that she needs; and sometimes an eleven year old just needs a place to call home. When Mitch and Julia find themselves in the small town of Crossroads events conspire to keep them there. Julia couldn’t be happier, it’s Mitch who’s torn between giving Julia what she wants and hightailing it out of town before the law can catch up to them.
Ms. Solomon also gives us a look into the lives of the people in this small town, and that includes the local waitress Neesy; a woman who has lived her whole life in the same town with nothing to look forward to except perhaps another bad relationship. It seems perfect that Mitch and Neesy would hook up. That would be the most likely, expedient, and traditional outcome, if this were your ordinary romantic suspense. However, the author gives us much more to contemplate. She gives us murder, and not just any murder, multiple and heinous murders.
I found myself fascinated by this book, trying to figure out why Mitch was on the run and how he would ever begin to clear his name. Mitch is a fascinating character that is painted with clean, clear brushstrokes. You immediately get a sense of him not only as a man who has learned to look over his shoulder, but how everything he does, every breath he takes is about keeping Julia safe, cared for and loved. He is a hero in every sense of the word, a hero who is accused of committing unspeakable acts and when his life on the run suddenly becomes about rescuing Julia, he will do absolutely everything to save her, even if that means giving himself up.
Two Lethal Lies reads like a great romantic suspense/mystery/action movie. Each scene is well played and contributes to the overall tension and build-up to the finale. The characters are vivid and you immediately ‘know them’. You fall in love with the hero because he’s a hardworking single father doing the best he can under the circumstances. His present circumstances and his past collide soon after the opening credits and his carefully planned life on the run begins to fall apart. His love for his daughter and his attraction to a long forgotten sense of normalcy is the beginning of his downfall. The villain in the book, is truly a monster disguised as the ‘good’ guy and Mitch’s life has been determined by his relationship to him since his birth.
Although you know ‘who did it’ early on, because of Ms. Solomon’s clever pacing and suspenseful unveiling of each reveal, she captures your imagination to the very end. It is the exciting race to the finish as well as Mitch’s devotion to the people he loves, his character, and strength that drive this book.
So, dear reader, looking for a romantic suspense where the main character is flawed but heroic, tragic but hopeful, smart yet trapped? Then might I suggest Two Lethal Lies. Personally, I found a "new to me author" whose next book I’ll definitely pick up.
Until next Monday—remember, there’s a book waiting to be read. What’s next on your list? Me? I’ll be reading Eternal Hunger by Laura Wright.
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and television producer.
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