Review: Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

30 Mar

Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
Kensington Books (February 2011)
Hardback: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7582-5220-3

Favorite Lines: “Even in my cell, I can smell her sickness. Her filth. Her lust.” (p. 1)

If At First You Don’t Succeed

For two years, Justice Turnbull has paced his room at Halo Valley Security Hospital, planning to escape. Justice has a mission—one that began with a vicious murder two decades ago. And there are so many others who must be sent back to the hell that spawned them. . .

Kill. . .

Laura Adderley didn’t plan to get pregnant by her soon-to-be ex-husband, though she’ll do anything to protect her baby. But now reporter Harrison Frost is asking questions about the mysterious group of women who live at Siren Song lodge. Harrison hasn’t figured out Laura’s connection to the story yet. But Justice knows. And he is coming. . .

Then Kill Again. . .

All her life, Laura has been able to sense approaching evil. But that won’t stop a psychopath bent on destroying her. Justice has been unleashed, and this time, there will be no place safe to hide. . .

Wicked Lies is the result of the collaboration between Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush and is book two in a series about the women of the Colony. The colony is a haven for a group of gifted sisters led by their aunt. The outside community thinks it is a cult, but it’s a safe place for the psychic women to retreat from society.

Wicked Lies is a romantic suspense with a slight paranormal tone, that stands alone despite the many references to book one, Wicked Game. While I’m not a huge fan of the romantic thread, the actual story was excellent and kept me turning the pages. The book has a fast pace, unexpected resolutions and crazy people all over.

I kept wondering how a reporter was going to protect a woman from a murderous stalker. (Yep, I’m totally biassed.) The more the heroine was threatened, the more I thought “should have fallen for a soldier, cop, PI or bodyguard.” However it did force the story to avoid obvious routes and stick firmly in the suspense category as I worried about the hero and heroine’s capacity to stay alive long enough to reach the end of the story.

Would I recommend this book to a friend?: Yep. Nothing is as it seems in this twisted “I’m gonna get you” book. It’s not my top book of the year, but it’s entertaining and well written. I like that I can read Wicked Lies as a stand alone and am not required to read book one in order to enjoy (or understand) the story. If you are looking for crazy stalker/romance story you should check it out.

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