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Lies And Truth: Book 1 in the Truth Series by [May, Elaine]
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  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elaine May; 1 edition (August 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MG2QIS8
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This is the first time I have read a book by Elaine May and it certainly won't be the last. I'm already chomping at the bit for book 2!

This is a horrible story. Not horrible as in a crap book, but horrible as in the subject matter.

If you want a boo hiss villain, you are subjected to not one but two of them in this book. Jack and John are despicable creatures. The lies they have told, their business dealings, what they have subjected Isla to for years and the rest of their families; their murderous souls are beyond redemption.

Isla has been beaten, abused, humiliated and treated worse than a dog, yet she still sees it in her heart to want to protect Josh. And Josh....he wants to right the wrongs. He wants his girl.

I enjoyed the basics of the story. The writing style was very straight to the point with no padded frills and I liked that. The chapters were very short, as were the sentences.

My only problem with this book was the time frame. At one point I thought she had been missing for 4 years and I thought the chances of Josh not recognising her after such a short space of time were far fetched. But then I realised it was actually 10 years which seemed more reasonable. But then I got to thinking that Isla was 12 when they parted and Josh was a few years older than her....and they were both in love with each other.....do you see where I'm going with this!!

Anyway, it was an enjoyable, if not emotional read and well deserving of the 4 stars I'm giving it. I would have given 5 but the timescale was confusing and also the ending was abrupt. Yes I realise the author wanted to leave us on the cliff, but she didn't just leave us near the edge, she left us free falling into the abyss
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Lies and Truth (book 1 in the Truth series) by Elaine May
Reviewed by Amy for Drama Queens Book Blog.

****contains spoilers****

4 out of 5 stars

I want to start out by saying this book ends as a cliffhanger. However, according to the Author's note at the end of the story, book two should be out in December.

This book was an enjoyable quick read. It is the tragic story of Isla. When the story begins we get a bit of back story on her family, Isla and her father were part of a family that they were not related to by blood although they were treated as if they were. Isla losses her mother as a newborn and then at 12 loses her father, grandfather and her aunt and uncle; and is then taken by her remaining uncle and a cousin. She is shipped off to boarding school till she turns 18 at which time she is brought back to the US and held captive by her uncle John and cousin Jack in the basement of the family estate, being used for their pleasure. After 3 long years she is taken from the basement and moved into a suite at the families hotel and made to go to work as her Jack's PA at the families business. Once out of the basement she runs into Joshua, her other cousin and a man who at a young age Isla fell in love with. Although Joshua doesn't realize she is Isla he is quite drawn to her. As the story unfolds Joshua tries to save Isla and the family business from his uncle John and Jack.

While this book is a dark romance we are actually not given too many details on Isla's treatment by Jack. We are given glimpses and a lot is insinuated but not as graphic as some I have read before. That is until their final attack on her which is a bit more graphic. I like the idea of Isla and Joshua being destined since they were children to be together.
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Reviewer: Donna
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reading Lies and Truth was at times, quite disturbing especially the amount of things Isla goes through at the hands of her Uncle and his son. She is kept like a prisoner and her Uncle's son's plaything when he wants her.

Isla has always been accepted into the Bryant family when she was little and she always loved and felt loved. She was really close to Joshua, they were like best friends even though she was seven years younger than him. A Tragic car accident kills Isla's parents and Joshua's grandfather. Isla was in the car too but escapes and gets taken away. Years later and Isla has been kept in a basement by her Uncle and his son. She feels worthless and thinks she deserves what she gets. Joshua believes that Isla is dead but when Isla gains a bit of freedom and starts working at the Bryant family business, she finally see Joshua again. He was and still is the love of her life. He doesn't recognizes her and she has to keep it that way.

It is a very twisted story and sometimes i felt it lacked passion and emotional value to it. I enjoyed the overall story of it but i did feel it was a bit too short and not with a very good ending either. There is a second book with Joshua and Isla story continuing so i am interested to see how the story pans out.
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I am going to do my review a little different for this one by listing everything I loved about this and the few things that could use some work.

The pros are that this is a great story. The plot is very interesting and intriguing. The ending left me wanting to know what was going to happen to Josh and Isla. I wanted vengeance for the pain that Isla had endured.

The cons, which are few, are that the story was choppy. I liked Isla but she was hard to relate to. I have issues with stories that have the woman raped and tortured but then the right guy comes and they are fine to have sex. Not just in this story, it is happening all the time. When you are sexually assaulted, once or repeatedly, you are not going to have sex with someone within 2 weeks of getting together! You are not going to want to be touched at all, if ever, soul mate or not. Lastly these characters were a little slow thinking. I do not want to say they are dumb but naive, maybe?

I did like the premise for the story. I was heartbroken and sickened by this things that were happening. I think this author has great potential. I am looking forward to watching her grow with her writing, and I will be following her along the way.
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