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Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Gripping and full of heart." --Alyson Nöel, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Immortals Series
"Fast-paced, romantic, and endlessly intriguing." --Alisa Valdes, bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club
5 stars: "When is the movie coming out?? Proof of Lies was not only a great YA thriller it could definitely hold up to any adult fiction audience as well! I could not put it down!" -Kim, Librarian at the Ridley Township Public Library
5 stars: "The storyline was very interesting, and the mystery of who there parents really are and why Keira was a target was very intriguing. I also love that while some things were solved, there are more books to come." -Lori Murray, Lori's Literary Reviews
5 stars: "WOW!! This book took me by surprise. James Bond, Jason Bourne and Spy Kids all rolled into one action-packed, suspenseful, mystery book. WOW!! Where to start this?? Action - LOTS!! Suspense - edge of my seat when things really started rolling!! Mystery - I was going WTF a lot and trying to figure out how everything and everyone tied together, if they even did. I was just along for the ride with Anastasia." -Courtney, Read Love Blog
5 stars: "The start of this book is great. It lures the reader in, it grips them by the throat and does not let them go until it's over. I read it in one sitting, because it was so burning, intense and compelling that I couldn't stop!" -Sophie, Where Are The Books?
5 stars: "Proof of Lies is one of those books that resonates with the reader if they have a sibling, even if they are the older sibling who has been made responsible for a younger sibling even for five minutes." -Lady Techie, Lady Techie's Book Musings
5 stars: "It's not the traditional sweet college drama but instead, holds a depth and complexity that I didn't expect. The writing was strong and the characters were fascinating. With every page turn came another twist and soon you begin to wonder just who can be trusted with the information and evidence uncovered." -JG, Jezabell Girl & Friends
5 stars: "One of my favorite sub-genres of YA is spy thrillers. And I especially love when they are done well. International espionage and chases spanning countries are an absolute delight for me, as well as beautifully detailed European settings. I love when the author's descriptions of far away places feels authentic, and Proof of Lies had this in spades and so much more." -Emily, Bibliobibuli YA
5 stars: "The author has a fantastic voice. I loved the main character and she was believable. I cared for her right off the bat and I wanted things to work out for her! It wasn't as easy as me caring to fix her problems unfortunately but I loved that I cared, oh goodness how I cared!!!!" -Jolene Haley, author of The Dark Carnival
5 stars: "This book takes you all over Italy and the imagery the author paints is so vivid! I truly felt like I was with Anastasia and Marcus trying to figure out the clues to find out where to next! With some unexpected friends along the way, Anastasia has to decide, who exactly can you trust? This story gripped me and did not let go! One aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the last few pages that including the backstory of real life people and events...It was amazing and I can't wait to read the next one!" -Shakera, More Books Please Blog
5 stars: "Proof of Lies became unputdownable and I was pulled into Anastasia's life and her searches across the globe. The author's writing is flamboyant, smooth and believable." -LynnDell Watson, Librarian at Delta High School
5 stars: "I really liked this story. It reminded me of the shows Castle and Freeform's Guilt. If you like mystery or thriller books, movies, or tv shows you will definitely like reading this book." -Sarah, Always and Forever Fangirling
About the Author
- Publication Date : March 7, 2017
- File Size : 1339 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 332 pages
- Publisher : Entangled: Teen (March 7, 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01HW6Z1DK
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1976219485
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,961 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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When the local police refuse to give her information regarding her sister’s whereabouts, Anastasia takes matters into her own hands and travels all the way to Italy. She follows tips and clues from people who knew her and her family, fights and chases thugs, and isn’t afraid to confront whoever can help her find Keira. Rodriguez Wallach’s female characters are strong, and the novel offers the hint of romance, too. But what keeps you turning the page is the fact that everyone seems suspect, everyone seems to be hiding something, and Anastasia, like the reader, begins to question who might be withholding information that might lead her to her sister, or knows the truth about who their parents really were. Rodriguez Wallach offers additional information regarding some of the historical references and characters she uses in this novel. For example, the last pages of the book include information about the real Department D, an entity who has had considerable impact on world affairs and was involved with the KGB and Czech STB during the Cold War. There is also information about Lawrence Martin-Bittman, who the author met when she was a student at Boston University and who is a character in the novel, under a different name. Such attention to detail gives the author mastery of the narrative line and provides the reader with additional “clues” about the authenticity of events. To know that there was an agency in the business of disinformation makes us question our own reality, and it certainly keeps us wanting the second and third book on the Anastasia Phoenix series. As a teaser, the author includes the first chapter of the second book series titled, Lies that Bind.
Anastasia and sister Keira have what appears to be a very desirable home for anyone. Keira will be off to medical school, Anastasia will finish her first year of high school, there is finally stability from a life that had seen turbulence as the parents and children had moved many times to many places in the world. Anastasia had lived in five countries on four continents. She spoke four languages. The two sisters didn’t think this was a plus. They were looking forward to the stability of Boston. At least Keira, in medical school, would have stability. Mom and Dad had just announced that Anastasia would move again. Anastasia was furious and used harsh words towards her parents when saying she would not move. The parents planned to talk to her later. But they died in a car crash immediately after the argument. Keira and Anastasia were on their own.
After a lengthy period of despondency, each of the sisters reacted to the death in different ways. Keira quit medical school although she did complete nurse’s training. She devoted her time to raising Anastasia although it looked like Anastasia was the more mature adult. Keira became more interested in alcohol and a revolving door of boy toys. This went on until at one “anniversary” party a boyfriend of Keira’s showed up, one who gave Anastasia bad feelings. In the morning following the party, Anastasia could only find a bathtub liberally doused with Keira’s blood, so much blood the police immediately ruled the disappearance a kidnapping-homicide. No one who lost that much blood could live through the experience.
Anastasia refused to believe it. She was sure Keira was alive somewhere and if the unsavory boyfriend of Keira could be found, Keira would also be found. No one believed Keira. No one looked for more evidence. Decisions had been made, there was a funeral for Keira. No official effort would be made to pursue the case. Anastasia would just have to react to the mysterious phone call on her own.
Anastasia’s search begins. Sometimes it turns into a chase and then dials down again to a continued search. The search will be global and domestic. Anastasia will have friends such as Charlotte, a friend of Keira and Anastasia’s current guardian. There is Marcus, a cool guy who might turn into Anastasia’s romantic interest. There are older friends from her parent’s past who aid her financially. The problem is that Anastasia discovers remarkable things about Keira and her parents. What she discovers leads her to suspect everyone of a huge conspiracy.
Characters are adequately developed to carry this story. Although there could have been more depth to the characters, I feel confident the author is saving complete character development for later novels in the series. I will find out because this novel provided enough excitement for me to read at least the next novel in the series. If you are a fan of this genre, as I am, this is a very good start to a series. I gave this four plus Amazon stars.
The way clues are solved and red herrings dispatched throughout the book is neatly done. Teens (and adults) who like complex mysteries will very much like this one and be eager to get their hands on the sequel when it comes out.
But overall, a good page-turner. Well written, very few typos.
Top reviews from other countries
Being a big fan of the literary publishing house Entangled Teen, I discovered this book on their website.
We find Anastasia there, who is the only one who thinks that her sister is still alive, she will go to great lengths to find her.
A first book full of suspense and twists and turns with a captivating story and engaging characters. I can't wait to read on because I love the author's pen so much.