Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Zebra (May, 2011 – Reissue)
Length: 384 Pages
Rating: C; Enjoyable, would recommend
Heat Level: 3; Minimal love scenes
Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
Chilling and intriguing, Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush is an enjoyable romantic suspense novel with a supernatural twist. While the description may be a little lengthy, the novel is a thrill ride with amazing characters.
The last thing Laura Adderley wanted was to find out she was pregnant with her ex-husband’s child. Yet here she is, realizing she is facing life as a soon-to-be single mother. But Laura has more problems on her hands as she realizes a psychotic mad man from her past has escaped from the Halo Valley Security Hospital. Now the only thing he wants is Laura and her unborn child dead. Of course this draws the attention of reporter Harrison Frost, a man that Laura finds extremely attractive and complicating in all the worst ways. As this mad man hunts her down, Frost may look like the most unlikely savior, but ends up being the man she needs the most.
Perhaps the greatest highlight of this novel were the characters. Laura, or Lorelei, was the girl next door that could easily be your best friend. Experiencing her emotional and overwhelming journey in Wicked Lies only made her more endearing. She was a very down-to-earth and honest character that I loved reading about far more than I ever thought I would. Then of course, there is Harrison Frost, the impulsive and determined reporter that runs on instinct and emotions. He was a little difficult to warm up to because he essentially is taking advantage of Laura’s situation for a good story. Yet as the story develops, you see the depth of his characters and his strong value of ethics within his job. As he easily falls into the role of Laura’s protector you come to see why he is the perfect hero in this novel.
There were a few problems though. For one, the book was far too long. Five hundred plus pages gave way for too many characters and too much description. Die hard fans of this sister duo may enjoy and look forward to it, but for me is simply dragged the action and pace of the story down. Especially when I felt most of the excess description was unnecessary. This is one case in which I became overwhelmed with such descriptive prose. Secondly, some of the details were not consistent. It was a very, very minor problem, but in a suspense novel, following the details is something I consider crutial.
I did not find the book all that suspenseful, but it was intriguing. The development of this plot mostly focused on the history of Laura’s family and her tragic past. The end became a little dramatic, but by that time it was almost too late. I have to admit seeing the novel from the villains perspective in Wicked Lies was a little confusing and frustrating. In one part he would appear to be a normal character and then a short time later he would be full blown crazy. I guess it was a trait of his character but it was disappointing as I was left dismayed with one of the most dynamic and complex characters in the book. On the other hand, Wicked Lies also has a supernatural twist that adds a little more dimension to this novel. It was chilling and also increased the fear factor of the villain.
I did have a few problems with Wicked Lies, but on the whole, this book was very enjoyable. When you have two solid characters to stand behind, you really can’t go wrong. Simply put, Laura and Harrison were great. I would have loved to see their romance developed a little bit more, but what was there was entertaining. The investigation into this story may have been a little drawn out, but it was a really intriguing and fascinating suspense novel. It took me a few pages to get into it, but once I did, I was anxious to finish it. Of course, Jackson and Bush leave you hanging at the end waiting for the next installment, so not everything is wrapped up in a nice neat bow. Wicked Lies is a classic thriller with a touch of romance that will keep you entertained!
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