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Don't Lie to Me

By: Willow Rose
Narrated by: HotGhost Productions
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Summary

When 12-year-old Sophie Williams went on a Girl Scout summer camp, she never returned home. Three months later, her body is found inside her sleeping bag in the most frequented area of Cocoa Beach, and the town is outraged. The girl isn't just any child. She's the town's most beloved surf idol, and it was believed that she could be the next Kelly Slater. 

As another child, the son of a well-known senator, is kidnapped, and the parents receive a disturbing video, FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas—who has just returned to her hometown, divorced and out of a job—plunges into the investigation, breaking her promise to her children not to do police work again. 

Local law enforcement, with her old flame Matt Miller in charge, are the ones who ask for her help in a case so unsettling that only she can solve it. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier it becomes for Matt and Eva Rae. Soon, everyone she holds dear is in grave danger as this case hits a little too close to home. 

Don’t Lie to Me is the first book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery series and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

©2019 Willow Rose (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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I wouldn't lie this book gets you thinking

I have listened to all the author's Jack Ryder books, so thought I would give this series ago too. The book is written in the same style as the Jack books with the story jumping around in time, explaining why the killer turned out that way. This does mean the story can become confusing but it is worth it in the end and I never saw the out come coming. The story is very much based around the main character and her family as she tries to find the missing children, home life isn't simple and with the main character damaged by an event in her past it makes for a roller coaster ride. The killer has a strong message to get across and it does make you think about the world we live in now. Off to start the next book to see where the author takes us next.
FBI agent Eva Rae has given up her high demanding job after her husband leaves her as a single mother of three to return to her home town and family. She doesn't get the quiet life she planned for because her home town is hiding a deadly secret. Children of divorced parents are going missing. Some have never turned up and others there bodies are being put on display. Eva is asked by her old boyfriend and the detective on the case for help. Especially when he receives a video of his own son trapped in a box. Can the pair out wit a deadly killer that likes to play games with children lives? Eva being a single parent herself starts to worry just what kind of place she has moved her children to and with time running out on the latest missing child, just who has the killer got his eyes on next?
The I liked the narrator she uses her voice well adding excitement and tension to the story, as well as a number of voices for the characters.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A terrible woman doing a bad job

This book is bloody awful. Eva Ray is a negligent mum and terrible FBI agent who doesn't understand her animosity to her own mother should be redirected at herself as she completely neglects her own kids whilst judging others for doing the same.
The police in America apparently shoot mothers holding kids and get off with no real examination.
All fathers are no good run offs and even the supposed good guy doesn't notice his own child has been misding for 2 months.
The kids don't talk like kids and apparently are just raising themselves. I didn't realise Christine was only 12 until maybe 90%.
It feels like Willow Rose hates being a mother and not a hero and makes her protagonist the same, in the end writing her own story.
It is an awful indictment of America if this is a true picture, and if not, just says more about the writer than the story.

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  • 16-04-20

very good!

I'm not a murder mystery kind of person I usually read science fiction, but this was a very nice change. it was very intriguing and very well written, the narrator was good as well. I loved the twist at the end, it made for a good story.

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  • Sali Cosford Parker
  • 03-11-21

Poorly researched and executed

This book started out with some promise, but quickly slid into poorly developed characters, little knowledge the workings of law enforcement, and poorly handled emotions. Further, Rose doesn’t create the sense of urgency a kidnapping/murder story requires. Neither is there knowledge of how law enforcement (let alone the FBI) works. Example (and spoiler): one cop has just saved another who is wrestling with a killer. Also in the room are two children and the weeks-old corpse of their mother. One of the children is holding a gun pointing at his own face. The two cops engage in banal chit chat for awhile. Finally one moves over to the kid and takes the gun. Seriously? The story is riddled with such ridiculousness.

The reader is good, but not suited to a murder mystery. Her voice and delivery are too light.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-21

I would have given zero stars if allowed

There is so much wrong with this book I don't even know where to start. The dialogue is off. There is nothing authentic about it. The main character, Eva, is simultaneously vying for worst mother of the year and worst FBI agent ever. She complains incessantly about her cold, uninterested mother while at the same time showing little to no interest in caring for her own children. The cops are wimps who cry at crime scenes while parents whose children have been murdered don't shed a tear. Everything about this book just feels all wrong. I really did try to like it but in the end I quit listening about halfway through. It just irritated me.

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  • A Lilwomen
  • 22-05-21

Great story

This was a very interesting story. It kept you guessing throughout the story. I thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong. I love a good book that keeps you guessing. But it is so much better when the answer comes out of left field. Can’t wait for the rest of the story!

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  • 23-09-22

Disappointed

Disappointed. Story was not believable and was hard to follow at times. Narrator was too jolly sounding for such extreme events.

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  • Heidi Kelly
  • 03-06-22

Monotone narrator, monotone plot

Can’t listen to any more of this. Would ask for a refund if possible. Biggest plot line so far is the moms inability to feed her children. DNF

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  • the editor
  • 01-06-22

Awful

This is a poorly written book and poorly narrated. The author clearly did not do her research about what it’s like being an FBI profiler. Also the story really never made sense. If the character is a famous FBI profiler why didn’t she figure out who the killer was? It was very anti-climactic. Do not waste your credit on this book!

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  • Joyce Hagensick
  • 17-05-22

TERRIBLE

This book was a BIG disappointment. I disliked it so much that I would be hesitant to read another book by this author.

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  • Alesha
  • 30-12-21

Terrible

I really did not enjoy this book. None of the characters were likeable. The main character seemed completely disinterested in her own children. The story line jumped around too much and the plot was terrible. A lot of unanswered questions and lot of the plot was also unbelievable. You can’t investigate crimes after handing in your badge. The main character crossed numerous boundaries and the other officers in the story did not seem to care.

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  • Tonda Foster
  • 24-04-21

Who is responsible for this literary trainwreck?

Thank God it's over. I am just a hopeful optimist. Always believing it HAD to get better. But it never did. It's like spending all day in the kitchen preparing a tasty feast just to sit down to eat some tasteless cold food that is so bland and uninspiring. This was just a mess. The story was weak. The plot was apparently attempting to expose parental alienation which is real and far more dramatic than the author depicted even without serial killers! Parental alienation is emotionally exhausting with horrible characters and no winners. This author needs to do better research in police procedure and her primary, if there was one, storyline. And finally, even if the performer had been noteworthy, she wasn't, this story could not be saved.

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