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Believing the Lie Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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“George's . . . ability to continually enhance the portraits of Lynley, Havers, and other recurring characters while generating fully fleshed new ones for each novel is nothing less than superlative, and her atmospheric prose, complete with lovely and detailed descriptions of her setting, combines to add literary gravitas to her work . . . A worthy addition to her portfolio and one that simultaneously disturbs and satisfies.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Masterly . . . an intricate crime drama.” —Marie Claire --This text refers to the MP3 CD 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. This is more soap opera than whodunit, since prurient revelations, not sleuthing, dominate the proceedings. Lynley and company spend a great deal of time asking repetitive questions and, in the case of Havers, conducting endless Internet searches.
Ms. George is a skilled writer who beautifully integrates setting and story (readers will be tempted to visit the Lake District thanks to her evocative descriptions of the gorgeous English countryside), and she includes some delightful moments of much-needed humor. Although "Believing the Lie" holds our attention, it is weakened by an over-the-top plot and a surplus of angst-ridden characters who make one foolish mistake after another. Fans will welcome the return of Lynley, Simon, Deborah, and Barbara, but "Believing the Lie" has too much sensationalism and too little depth to rank among George's best work. (Three and a half stars.)
Yes the reason for the Yard getting involved was wonky, but... I thought it was the final "bridge book" for Tommy to get over losing Helen. And certainly the cliff hanger has me at the end of my seat and no matter what the reviews I have to find out what happens there!!
I was enjoying the book until the end of the Debra part. Over the years we have put up with Debra whining that an abortion had rendered her sterile, later we put up with her whining that she couldn't carry a child to term. Now we learn that she won't adopt because unless her child is the genetic child of Simon, Simon is not a real man. And to top it all off, for totally selfish reasons, she ruins the lives of at least three people and Tommy and Simon say, oh poor Debra? What about the lives she destroyed, is no one going to say to her get over yourself? That left a bad taste in my mouth and kind of ruined the book for me.
That and...Tommy doesn't call Barbara back? What!!! She works her buns off for him and he decides to watch roller derby? Not at all in character.
So I'll give it three stars and read the next but frankly, unless Ms George just drops Debra as a major character I will be giving up on this series.
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Also, the disappearance of Barbara's next door neighbor adds nothing to the book.Read more