Two Lethal Lies
Mitch Turner and his daughter Julia are roamers. They drive around the United States in an old beat up truck. They stay somewhere a while long enough to earn some money, then they're on the road again. At eleven, Julia is getting tired of the life. She's tired of keeping a backpack by the door in case they have to leave quickly. She's tired of home schooling on the road. She wants a normal life, with a school and television and a computer and friends and... She loves her father but she wants them to settle down.
Mitch knows they can't. He has never told Julia they are on the run. She would be in grave danger if they were caught. It wouldn't be good for him, either, but his fear is for his daughter.
They arrive in Crossroads, Tennessee, just as a girl about Julia's age jumps off a bridge in front of them. Mitch jumps out of the truck, into the river below, and is able to rescue the girl. Now he is a hero. He hopes that the news never gets farther than Crossroads. Julia talks him into staying there for a couple months. He is afraid for them if they stay. Yet Julia is adamant and he gives in to her.
Somehow, someone catches on to his secrecy. His and Julia's identities are about to get exposed. He is ready to take off again before it is too late. But it is too late when the body is found outside of Crossroads. His stalker has found them. Then Julia is taken away from Neesy, the woman he had entrusted his daughter to while he had to be away. Now both the girl and the woman are in danger.
Although Two Lethal Lies is listed as romantic suspense, it's mostly suspense with the romance as the backup, anchor story. It builds well and keeps the reader's attention. The ending turns horrific. Two Lethal Lies focuses on Mitch, occasionally switching focus to Julia or Neesy, so is suspenseful as more is revealed about his and Julia's past and the reason for his actions.
Psychopathic serial killers are standard suspense fiction fare right now. Annie Solomon's Dutch Hanover is chilling - intelligent, artistic, and without any soul, just a craving. It's scary to think of the soul trapped in the beautiful body.
Although Annie Solomon lets Two Lethal Lies get violent, it's rarely graphic. There's enough horror in the actions and scenes, though, to add a layer of nerves to the telling and keep the reader on edge. I appreciate the way Solomon has Julia face her fears near the end of the book. It's realistic and has the sensitive touch that isn't maudlin but is justifying instead.
Notice: Graphic violence, Strong indecent language, Suggestive dialogue or situations
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