Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
- ISBN-13: 9781611760408
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
- Publication date: 1/10/2012
- Format: CD
- Source: Gift
After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, "It’s tough to resist George’s storytelling, once hooked." With Believing the Lie, she’s poised to hook countless more.
Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.
Deborah’s investigation of the prime suspect-Bernard’s prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict-leads her to Nicholas’s wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim’s bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.
I had no idea that this was a part of a series until I started writing this review so the first thing I will say is that it worked well as a stand alone story. That being said, it was one strange and bizarre story. For me there were just too many story lines going at one time. It would have been easier to keep track of the story lines had I been reading and not listening to the story. I felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems that were faced in the story and I just had a hard time believing that this much could be going on. The writing was good don’t get me wrong but there was just a lot going on. I was a bit annoyed by the woman reading the story, her accent appeared to be a bit fake at times, but I think that I got used to it. I am not sure that I would read another story in this series just because it made me uncomfortable, which is not that easy to do.