Monday, March 25, 2013

I Will Tell No Lies...

Initially I was not going to post a review of Tell No Lies by Julie Compton on this blog because I'm only reading it so I can move on to the review copy of Keep No Secrets by the same author. That was the plan and I anticipate keeping to it although finishing the book this weekend was also a plan... and that didn't happen. So here I am on a Monday morning, and a little behind schedule but hoping to finish this book soon. If anyone's interested Tell No Lies is interesting... initially. The writing is solid, the characters are developed, and it's pretty fast paced. The only problem I have so far is that it there is nothing really happening. I'm 45% in the book and most of that time spent reading was hoping our antagonist would figure out whether he wants to run for District Attorney of St. Louis. Slowly we readers are seeing him evolve into someone he doesn't really want to be. He's making compromise after compromise in order to win the election. I get where this book is going but I wish the thriller or mystery part would happen already since it is desribed as such. So much to my chagrine I will be finishing this novel in hopes that it picks up so that I can move on to Keep No Secrets.

Synopsis:  After surviving the private and public fallout from a one-night stand four years before, St. Louis DA Jack Hilliard wants nothing more than to be trusted again by his wife, Claire, and to earn back the respect of the community he serves. Since the day Claire accepted him back into the family, he's vowed to be true to these goals, and so far he's succeeded.

But all of Jack's efforts begin to crumble when the woman involved in his earlier downfall, Jenny Dodson, returns to town claiming threats on her life and asking for his help, and resurrecting for Jack long-buried emotions and questions of her guilt for the murder of a client. Just when he thinks the pressure can't get any worse, his son's girlfriend, Celeste, accuses him of sexual assault, and he suddenly finds himself on the wrong end of a criminal case, battling for his freedom.

Can Jack trust his freedom to the legal system on which he built his career? Or will the ghost of his one-night stand four years before come back to haunt him, causing him to be convicted on the mistakes of his past?

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