Lie Like a Woman Paperback – August 24, 2010
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One is quite personal, in that she gives Rick (her main character) a terrible dislike for small dachshunds. Having had several of that breed in my home over a period of twenty-five years, I take offense at her descriptions of their actions and attitudes. Sorry, but that’s my prejudice.
Another problem is a grammatical misuse of the subjunctive mood. At various times she makes a comparison, such as “I wondered if Carmen were as round as Delores.” Ooops! In this instance “were” should be replaced with “was.” Since this is a comparison of actual people, the indicative mood is proper. She could use “were” correctly in the subjunctive mood, if she were making a hypothetical comparison such as “If I were a rich man….” Picky? Sure, but good writers should know the difference.
My major criticism is April’s struggle, as a woman, to get inside the head of her male characters. Her portrayal of Rick makes him appear as a wimp with too few masculine qualities to deserve the love Bree apparently has for him. Likewise, Charlie is not much of a policeman. In fact, none of the men in the story seem well-centered or complete. She should have relied more on her male co-writer for advice, or (even better) she should have written the story from Bree’s perspective.
By overlooking these faults I was able to enjoy the book. I give it four stars.
The characters are well written and easy to relate to. I do like our two main characters Richard and Brie. I think they are a realistic husband and wife who happen to be in similar fields.
Richard is a P.I. in San Diego. He has bitten off more than he can chew when what was supposed to be a simple infidelity case turns into murder. Richards wife is Bree who is a detective novelist who also happens to have a degree in forensics. She usually manages to keep a step or two ahead of her husband.
As the two of them try to solve the case, you will find them soon becoming your favorite couple.
I do recommend this book. Looks like it will be a series, and for that, I am very happy.
There is a skeleton found behind a wall (like "The Tell-Tale Heart"), two kidnapped boys, a "live" dead man, and a triangle relationship keeps the story moving forward
There are two "surprises" at the end of the book and you should be able to nail one easily. However, I thought I had it solved several times only to have the downer of having it all wrong,
YOU WILL ENJOY
This is definitely a romp, filled with unexpected actions and people, quite convoluted, often off-the-wall, but completely readable (especially if you go with the flow and don't ask too many questions).