Customer Reviews: The Second Lie (The Chapman Files)
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on July 13, 2015
After reading the third book first, I decided to order the other three in the set. This one was a bit more suspenseful than the others, and I seemed to just keep reading through to the end. The teenager is especially mature and immature at the same time.
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on October 3, 2010
In Chandler, Ohio, Chandler High School Counselor Jim Lockhart recommends to parent Lori Winston that she make an appointment for her daughter fourteen year old Maggie with psychologist Dr. Kelly Chapman. Lori clarifies she cannot pay, but when it comes to kids Kelly does pro bono work as long as she has fresh pencils to chew on. The single mom further explains that she fears her daughter is seeing a much older man and now carries a condom. Kelly agrees to chat with Maggie.

At the same time, Fort County Deputy Samantha Jones fears she suffers from post traumatic stress disorder after working the Holmes murder-suicide case, which is related to the economic recession and illegal drugs. She visits her former fiancé Kyle Evans whose family farm is in financial trouble. However, Sam has little time to recover as she fears an illegal meth lab has been set up in town. Sam considers seeing Kelly for counseling, but when a seller is busted, she knows her duty comes first.

The Second Lie is a fast-paced thriller that looks deeply at crime in a small-town setting; as Tara Taylor Quinn makes a strong case that murder-suicide and meth manufacturing and selling can occur anywhere. The romance between the deputy and the farmer remains for the most part in the background as the drug case comes first. Although the transitions between lead roles mostly shared by the two women and somewhat Kyle feels abrupt as the changes happen in rapid fire procession, readers will enjoy this entertaining Midwestern drama.

Harriet Klausner
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VINE VOICEon December 19, 2010
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I was sent Tara Taylor's The Second Lie to review for the Amazon Vine Program. Here's my take on it:

Having previously read The Third Secret and The Fourth Victim, I was interested to know what preceded those excellent books. The Second Lie tells how psychologist and national expert witness Kelly Chapman acquires her foster daughter Maggie and explains the relationship between Kelly, best friend cop Samantha, and fellow high school buddy Kyle. It explains Sam's long-term on-again-off-again relationship with Kyle, and in fact, centers around that relationship and Sam's determination to bust a meth superlab in her home town. There are several possible suspects in this intriguing story and I promise you won't guess the true baddies until the very end.

Ms. Quinn is a master at tying up loose threads so they are woven into a seamless whole garment. The motives are plausible and the dialogue between her characters sparkles. This is an extremely well-written and well-plotted story that kept me up well after my bedtime. I recommend this book but suggest for maximum enjoyment and understanding it be read first.
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VINE VOICEon January 24, 2012
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Psychologist Kelly Chapman is worried about a 14-year-old client, Maggie Winston, who is a straight-A student who's mom is paranoid she will end up having sex at a young age. While counseling Maggie she finds out she has developed a sudden interest in an older man and the race to figure out who is begins as the town is uncovering a meth operation in their midst that may have Maggie drawn into delivering the drugs. Deputy Samantha Jones, Kelly's longtime friend, is investigating the meth lab and the strange discovery that a local businessman killed his wife and then himself. Kids are caught selling drugs and even Sam's ex-fiance, Kyle, is a suspect. The small town turned upside down when the persons are discovered who started the drug use and Sam has to enlist Kyle's help to find the answers.
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on August 16, 2014
Good read until last page!
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VINE VOICEon February 19, 2011
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This was an interesting story but did tend to drag in several places. There were not a lot of admirable characters and some of the wrap up was rushed. I will continue to try more by this author but if it is down to picking just one I might chose to pass til next time.
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on July 1, 2011
Loved this whole series, I downloaded all the books once I read part one. Exciting and kept me entertained the whole time!
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