Believing the Lie: A Lynley Novel Hardcover – Jan 10 2012
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A cool, clever book that needs concentration and a sharp brain to unravel Sunday Express A fascinating read Woman Presses all the buttons to make us hoover her stuff up Daily Telegraph She's a designer of fastidious mosaics that never fail to intrigue Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen suspense novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.
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Like the dead of long ago." -- Lamentations 3:6 (NKJV)
Nothing pleases me more than to sit down with a long engrossing tale and to be drawn fully into a different world, gaining many insights from the experience . . . and feeling transformed at the end.
Having been a fan of the Thomas Lynley novels for some time, I settled in with this book and waited for the magic to arrive.
It was a long wait. In the last hundred pages, the book began to take on a more interesting character . . . or I would have rated it at one star.
This book needs a strong editor to whack it down to size to fit the story's potential. Without that, you'll spend a lot of time following matters that won't interest you very much and may even make you feel not as good as when you picked up the book.
Unless you feel compelled to read every word that Elizabeth George writes, I suggest you skip this book. The next one has to be better.
So what's it all about? The book's core concerns the death of Ian Cresswell, who had recently left his wife to live with his male lover. Sir David Hillier "loans" Lynley to a casual acquaintance, Bernard Fairclough, to look into the death in an unofficial way. Thomas asks Simon and Deborah St. James to join him in the sleuthing, and he makes occasional calls on Barbara Havers for research help. It's all a bit awkward because Thomas cannot tell his "guv" and lover, Isabelle Ardley, where he is or what he is doing . . . and Barbara Havers is under her authority.
The book has multiple narrators: the deceased; Lynley; Deborah; Barbara; Cresswell's son Tim; a Fairclough daughter; a Fairclough daughter-in-law; and Zed Benjamin, a tabloid reporter.Read more ›
This is a good size book over 600 pages of a tightly plotted mystery that brings MS George’s unpredictable characters in the middle of a case involving pedophilia, alcoholism, homosexuality, transgender reassignment, surrogacy and above all….everything comes down to money in the end…In this chronicle, Linley will be looking into a wealthy Cumbrian family private deeds and secrets.
What a long and complicated book this is. We find multiple sub-plots that radiate from the main story, the drowning of Ian Cresswell, before converging near the end of the book. It took some time for everything to mesh before I could let my mind enjoy this mystery that revolved around so many social issues. Near the end of the book we have one big twist that expose a wealth of family secrets and lies. “Believing the Lie” has Lynley and Havers at center stage although Deborah St-James plays a good part with all her vulnerabilities. She surely wasn’t at her best this time. Ms. George is particularly skilled in setting her story, Cumbria seems so inviting (so much so I may add it on my bucket list:). Of course we also have panoply of juicy characters to keep track of: among them are squabbling children, an inept reporter, a sexy Argentinean woman and many many more.
There is a lot to grasp here maybe too much for some: this book is an endless litany of melodrama, melancholy and the bad and dysfunctional family dynamic. Some may like this mystery and some may find the experience may be a drag….
So George has finally beaten me. One less fan. From reviews I have read on amazon and other sites, I am not alone. I wish I had waited for the paperback. It's very heavy in hardcover - making it difficult to toss out the window.
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Always a fan of Elizabeth George and this book is just another winner in her series of Inspector Lynley mysteries.Published 4 months ago by Heather Whaley
A grest mystery and easy read. My first of her books and will read more.Published 5 months ago by valery
This is the usual convoluted mystery characteristic of Elizabeth George where contrasting personalities highlighted with a scattering of humour keep you unable to put the book... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lorraine Toma-Jones
I am a big fan of the Inspector Lynley series and this one was a pleasure to read while on a vacation trip to North West England. Read morePublished on June 2 2014 by Margaret sanders
I usually like this author and the Inspector Lynley novels but I found this one not up to Ms George's usual standard. Read morePublished on April 26 2014 by Gloryfid
I enjoy the Lynley series and this didn't disappoint. Looking forward to the next book and the developing story with BarbaraPublished on Dec 27 2013 by kbruynzeel
Not good at all. Six hundred and eight pages to basically say nothing. Like other reviewers, I have loved Inspector Lynley mysteries and especially the character of Barbara... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2013 by caseygirl
I am an Elizabeth George fan from the start and I was eager to get into this book. On the whole it was ok, but not up to her usual standards. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2013 by Louise
The early Lynley novels were a good read, good plots and exciting. However, the later ones, in general, have become long, boring and too full of sexual themes which add nothing to... Read morePublished on May 24 2013 by Brian Tupper