Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen
ebook, 396 pages
Expected publication: May 21st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
About the Book:
No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing. Adam and Sophie Warner and their three-year-old daughter are vacationing in Washington State’s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the perfect getaway to unplug—and to calm an uneasy marriage. But on Adam’s first day out on the water, he sees Sophie abducted by a stranger. A hundred yards from shore, Adam can’t save her. And Sophie disappears. In a nearby cabin is another couple, Kristen and Connor Moss. Unfortunately, beyond what they’ve heard in the news, they’re in the dark when it comes to Sophie’s disappearance. For Adam, at least there’s comfort in knowing that Mason County detective Lee Husemann is an old friend of his. She’ll do everything she can to help. She must. But as Adam’s paranoia about his missing wife escalates, Lee puts together the pieces of a puzzle. The lives of the two couples are converging in unpredictable ways, and the picture is unsettling. Lee suspects that not everyone is telling the truth about what they know—or they have yet to reveal all the lies they’ve hidden from the strangers they married.
I was immediately sucked into this book from page one and was torn between wanting to digest it in one sitting or spread it out to savor. This book is four hundred pages and so enjoyable I read it in one night. This one kept my interest the entire time, I was positively delighted to be surprised by the ending and was even more pleased to be satisfied by it. It's one thing to shock your readers, but it takes real talent to make it work with the whole story.
This intelligent psychological thriller will have you turning pages long after you should have gone to bed. Just when I thought I had something figured out, the plot twisted, and I had to read more. The dynamic, multilayered characters grabbed me from the moment they walked onto the pages. The protagonist is as complicated as he is vulnerable, and even when I didn't know what he might do next under constant duress, and even when some of his decisions had me cringing, I still rooted for him the whole time. Is he? isn't he? What's next? These questions kept me reading and mesmerized.
Lying Next to Me is a fast-paced and compelling mystery starring an increasingly unreliable narrator. Adam’s need for answers is understandable, and with plenty of tension, a few red herrings and some shocking twists, Mr. Olsen brings this perplexing mystery to an action-packed conclusion. An excellent mystery that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend. This novel is fast, satisfying and thrilling. If you're ready for an intelligent thriller, this novel is for you.
Thank you NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Gregg Olsen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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