Two Lethal Lies
by Annie Solomon
Paperback: 400 pages
Available: October 1, 2010
Genre: Romantic Suspense
On the run since his daughter was born, Mitch Turner has concealed a truth so dangerous, its discovery could jeopardize both their lives. But when a series of shocking murders hits their newfound home, the trail leads straight to Mitch. With the police out for blood and his daughter ripped from his arms, he has nowhere to turn–until a beautiful stranger offers her help.
Neesy Brown has made mistakes in her life, yet she refuses to believe this mysterious man is a killer. There’s a strength in his broad shoulders that draws her to him and a weariness in his eyes that she longs to ease. As the murders tear her small town apart, she vows to help Mitch find his missing child. But a cunning predator is pulling them deeper and deeper into his fatal game. And the price of losing is the child—and the future—they could both share…
Mitch Turner has been on the road with his daughter Julia since she was born 11 years ago. Picking up odd jobs and never staying in one place too long, he and Julia, who he affectionately calls Jules or Junebug, have never really had a home. Never-the-less Mitch has always put his daughter first, ensuring she is well fed, clothed, educated, and most importantly loved. When Julia uses a mix of begging, pleading and clever negotiation to stay in Crossroads, Tennessee for the holidays, Mitch feels guilty that she has never experienced a true Thanksgiving or Christmas and grudgingly agrees. Mitch and Julia quickly settle into a routine with Mitch working as a short order cook at Cricks, a local café. His co-worker, waitress Neesy Brown likes Mitch – a little too much. Although Nessy has made past mistakes in her life, particularly with men, she is committed to turning over a new leaf. But there is something different about Mitch that has Neesy wondering if she shouldn’t give up on men – at least not this man.
Initially reluctant to stay, Mitch hopes that Crossroads is a small enough town that the demons from his past will not catch up with them and harm Julia. His hopes are squelched when an overzealous local newspaper reporter runs a story on Mitch that reaches the FBI and a psychotic serial killer who has his eyes on Julia. Implicated in a local homicide that has the serial killer’s signature, Mitch will not stop until he is reunited with Julia who has not been heard from since the days after his arrest. Mitch and Neesy embark on a multi-state hunt to find Julia and something deeper with one another.
Two Lethal Lies started off with a bang and held my attention until the end. Ms. Solomon crafted a story that had me sighing at heart-warming moments, my heart racing with anticipation as they searched for Julia, and my body chilled to the bone from an easy-to-hate villain. Though I truly enjoyed the story overall, I think the genre is best characterized as suspense/thriller with elements of romance. Readers certainly get to know and like Mitch and Neesy, but their love story did not take center stage. Though I hoped for a more prominent romance/steam-factor, it did not lessen the intensity or my overall enjoyment of the book. Centering the story on a single father was both refreshing to see and created some heart-stealing moments with Mitch and Julia. I appreciated that Ms. Solomon paid homage to father-daughter and mother-son love that added a depth and fullness which I very much liked.
This was my first Annie Solomon novel, but will not be my last. Two Lethal Lies is a fast-paced, suspenseful story with unexpected twists and tender moments that you will not want to put down.
“She’s been intimate before, hadn’t she? Undressed stark, raving naked. But that was only her body. That moment with Mitch…like he’d stripped her in a different way. Inside. As though every feeling she’d ever had before was false and shallow. Gave her a scary kind of thrill. She shivered.”
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