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The Truth-Teller's Lie: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : September 28, 2010
- File size : 877 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 371 pages
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
- ASIN : B0040895CM
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #875,252 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What was most disturbing was the theme of being raped as shameful to the woman. It reminded me of the term "damaged goods".
The pace of the.novel is plodding, and I dreaded the chapters where Naomi directs her thoughts to Robert, the object of her obsession.
I had to finish the book to confirm I'd figured out most of the murky plot lines, but felt uncomfortable throughout by the characters' behavior.
We soon learn that the writer is Naomi Jenkins, and some time before, she was raped in a particularly cruel way. And she never reported it.
But now her life is all about a man named Robert Haworth, whom she met a while after the rape, and whom she didn’t tell about her experience. But he meets her every Thursday in a motel where they went the first time they were together. He is obsessive, loves his routines, and talks about leaving his wife.
But then one Thursday he doesn’t show up, and because of his habits, Naomi is convinced that something has happened to him. When she reports his “missing” status to the police, she can tell they won’t make the search for him a priority. So she tells a lie. One that will guarantee action on their part.
Our favorite detectives from the previous novel, Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, are on the case, especially now due to the lie. And the truth of what happened to Robert, and many more hidden truths, will cause everything to unravel.
I loved the multiple narrators, beginning with Naomi, in her first person voice, and with her quirky tendency to address Robert as “you,” when voicing her thoughts. In the third person perspective, we learn what several of the other characters are thinking and feeling, from Charlie, Simon, Olivia (Charlie’s sister), to Juliet, Robert’s wife.
The complexity of the plot kept me fully engaged, and like most books by this author, there are plenty of creepy aspects, as well as the usual twists and turns that take us to interesting places.
I also enjoyed learning more about sundials, which Naomi creates. This book was also sold under the title “Hurting Distance,” which has significance for some of the characters. 4.5 stars.