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Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel: A Lynley Novel Kindle Edition
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"Believing the Lie" is a lengthy, complex, and melodramatic tale that picks up some of the threads left dangling in the previous installment. Tommy, a grieving widower, uncharacteristically throws himself into an imprudent love affair. Deborah and Simon are despondent over her inability to bear a child. In addition, the self-deprecating, lonely, and good-hearted DS Barbara Havers is once again involved in the ups and downs of her neighbor, Taymullah Azhar, his partner, Angelina Upman, and their adorable daughter, Hadiyyah. Tommy, Deborah, Simon, and Barbara join forces to uncover the secrets of the Fairclough clan. Unfortunately, their efforts may ultimately do more harm than good.
The author has created a large and juicy cast. Among them are: Bernard's squabbling adult children; an ambitious but inept reporter; a monstrous mother; a gorgeous but reticent Argentinean woman; and an impulsive fourteen-year-old boy who soothes his emotional pain by injuring himself and behaving recklessly.Read more ›
The premise underlying the plot was so ridiculous, it made the investment in reading it feel like a big cheat. The pretext to involve Scotland Yard in this investigation and the motive for it, are insulting to any reader--even one who is willing to be co-operative in suspending judgment for the sake of a story.
I suppose I just disappointed. I enjoyed Elizabeth George's earlier books so much, that when I read something like this, I feel let down. The characters are not developing, they're wallowing. The story has so many threads.Read more ›
With that said, I will cut right to the chase: this was the most boring book I've ever read. I was disappointed each night that I had to power up my Kindle and read it due to my stupid rule, which today I rue, that I will finish any book that I start. Yes, I realize this sounds kind of mean, but it's true, and I don't want it to happen to you.
I'm a George fan, always have been. But the wheels have come off for this series, with characters I barely recognize and who no longer seem to have redeeming characteristics. I'll admit that I remained optimistic after her last book, though it was only mediocre. But this book is the second strike. We have Lynley, who now lacks any judgment at all in his personal and professional affairs. He comes off in this book as utterly clueless and fairly unlikeable. Deborah is now so self-absorbed that she is nearly intolerable, while Simon putters around doing everyone's bidding. The rationalizations of these characters for their behavior in this book is laughable. You will wish to slap each and every one of them. So, while the characters are stinking up the joint, can the plot save them? Not in this book, baby. There *is* no plot, and I do not exaggerate. There is nothing...nothing at all going on in this book. You will read it and wish you had some drying paint to watch.
The thing that annoyed me the most about the book was that the only pages worth reading are the last ten. There, George casts a nearly irresistable hook into the water. Will I buy the next one because of it? I'm the forgiving kind, so I'll bet I will. But if that's the third strike, George is out.
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Elizabeth George never fails to entertain. The topic is not one that I relish reading about for the most part, but seems to be very popular with Hollywood and the main topic of... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Susan Harrison
Not as good as most of the Inspector Lynley books, but still a good read. A lot of nonessential descriptions of scenes, which bores me. Didn't like the cliffhanger ending. Read morePublished 15 days ago by npalbuq.
As usual, Elizabeth George's book is full of twists with a surprise ending. She is really a master of crime thrillers.Published 18 days ago by annfitz
Debra St. James' behavior regarding the shared infertility of one of the characters MAKES NO SENSE, is intemperate and mean spirited, and leads to a character's suicide. Read morePublished 25 days ago by NeverPayRetail
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I beg to disagree. 14 dollars for an ebook is not a good price. The publisher should deduct the cost of printing and distribution from the cost. I don't mind if the author gets paid more but I do object to the publisher increasing their profit-margin at my expense.
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