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The First Lie (The Secrets of Selkie Moon Mystery Series) (Book 2) Kindle Edition
Silver Medal Winner in Intrigue, Readers' Favorite Awards 2017
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree 2014
"We are proud to announce that THE FIRST LIE by Virginia King is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money" indieBRAG
"Wow. It definitely takes one very talented author to write such a clever mystery, and still manage to make the story equally hilarious, sexy, and entertaining. I absolutely loved it and I didn't want it to end." Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
"A masterful blend of psychological thriller, mystery, and the paranormal. Virginia King is a terrific writer and she deftly combines elements from different genres to weave a yarn that will have readers enthralled." Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
"... the genius of her writing falls in the more casual hints at foreshadowing [that] heighten the suspense and engage the imagination as the novel takes on a more magical twist." - Forward Clarion Reviews
"... a suspenseful read packed with vivid imagery and surreal encounters ... a dizzying array of events, mysteries, supernatural intrigue, and action." - Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest BookReview
"... a first-rate psychological thriller with finely wrought characters, a tantalizing puzzle and just a touch of romance, all delivered with the sights, sounds and marvels that are
Hawaii as a background." Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"This is an excellent book. I could hardly put it down. The chemistry of the characters was wonderful and enhanced the suspense. If you like a good supernatural, paranormal thriller than you will love this one." Ellen Hogan for Readers' Favorite
"The First Lie is more than just a mystery tale with a touch of the supernatural ... It is incredibly well written. The character development is excellent." - Anne-Maria Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
"King beautifully weaves a tale filled with Celtic, Hawaiian and even Australian influences to create an informative, magical adventure of one woman finding her true self." - Kirkus Reviews
" ... tense, funny, creepy and exciting all in one ..." Mel at BooksBabiesBeing blog
"I loved The First Lie. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it shows how I really felt about this excellent start to what promises to be a fantastic new paranormal mystery series." Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
About the Author
- ASIN : B00K1VC20Y
- Publisher : Celestial Hedgehog Pty Ltd (April 29 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1719 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #428,132 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from Canada
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Leaving Birds – A companion to Laying Ghosts consisting of four different stories, of which one is a true event. An interesting note is how these four items were the sparks of a fire known as Laying Ghosts. These were well written, intriguing stories; all different. The author did a wonderful job with Peig’s Place. I would recommend reading this after reading Laying Ghosts, The First Lie, The Second Path and The Third Note. I received this after reading the above listed books.
Laying Ghosts – The beginning of the story repulsed me, but I hung in there and ending up liking the short story. The text gave me a heads up and I figured out the ending. Well-written, repulsive and good characters, good ending to the story for a worthy character.
The Second Path – This is a wonderfully intriguing, suspense filled sequel to The First Lie and Laying Ghosts. It was hard to put the book down, so when real life called I couldn't wait to start reading again. I savored the complex story, taking longer to read it then I usually do with good books. The reader is mesmerized by the flowing, surprised filled plot. The original characters keep growing in their development as the pages flow past. There are some wonderful new characters that make the story more magical and their friendship and guidance help Selkie discover the meaning of her quest.
Included after TSP is a glossary of Hawaiian terms and the short story Laying Ghosts. This short should be read before TSP and The First Lie, it lays a foundation that the other stories build upon.
The Third Note – Another well written, complex novel that’s full of intrigue and suspense. Selkie continues to grow and develop her talents, with the help of her great-grandmother. The complex plot keeps the reader on edge and the components make a well blended mix to keep the reader mesmerized. The characters are realistic and don’t follow the usual stupid formula, and Ms. King’s descriptions paint vivid pictures as the scenes unfold.
For some reason, the Epilogue is separate from TTN, but has a link at the end of the story to obtain it from Bookfunnel. There’s a glossary of various terms. I look forward to reading more of Ms. King’s books; she’s doesn’t disappoint the reader.
The Epilogue to The Third Note is very short, but entertaining and clears the air between some of the people who threatened Selkie throughout the story.
On The Spooky Trail: Travels in Supernatural Wales – A very short read containing a few snippets of places of the supernatural stories of Wales. The reader will probably be disappointed in this brief, simplistic read after reading her other books. The snippets aren’t complex, just informative – like a casual conversation. There are three photographs that along with the snips fill 61 percent of this book; the rest is peeks into her other books and a free offering of Laying Ghosts. It’s entertaining enough for a coffee break.
I contacted the author to review some of her books.
Life in Hawaii, as Selkie struggles to become a woman without a husband and in her soul searching discover just who she really is, begins to become filled with fear and the belief that someone wants her dead!!
Adventurous, mystical and gripping as I followed in her footsteps to the conclusion! Sometime it's the first lie that builds upon many, many others!!!
An absolute 5 star read!
Top reviews from other countries
I love how Virginia King has taken ghost stories, myths and legends and woven them into a modern setting, yet retaining the haunting mystery of such folklore. The resulting narrative is packed with layer upon layer of symbolism, yet reads easily and follows an entertaining plot arc. Tales of selkies, in particular, have long haunted me; with their overtones of selfish love, sacrifice, hopeless love, loss and longing. It is intriguing to see these echo as a woman flees an emotionally abusive relationship but still finds herself trapped in a life that doesn’t feel like her own.
Selkie is a fascinating character: brave yet terrified, witty yet subdued, confident enough to be a motivational speaker yet crippled by self-doubt everywhere outside the seminar room. These dichotomies begin to make sense as the narrative unfolds and Selkie’s personal history begins to unravel. I really enjoyed having a strong female protagonist with such realistic limitations and loved seeing the character develop through the narrative.
There is plenty of action here with threats looming in every direction and both Selkie and the reader confused as to which presents the most danger: the domineering ex, the mysterious woman, paranormal forces? At one point I felt like Selkie, overwhelmed at the amount of paranormal in the plotline, yet it was also the uniquely quirky characters and their various ‘gifts’ and wisdom that kept me hooked, desperate to know what would happen next.
For the first two-thirds of the novel the reader is introduced to Selkie, her setting and her companions, and the tension slowly builds as she investigates the strange occurrences and attempts to make sense of her fears. There is gradually more spirituality as the plot progresses, as Selkie moves from cynic to convert in her attempts to reconcile her instincts and her senses. The final third of the novel explodes into action at a terrific pace, and answers come thick and fast, culminating in a satisfying yet surreal ending.
I was left clutching my Kindle, breathless and slightly dizzy. Having been thoroughly submerged in Selkie’s adventure, coming up suddenly into the cold air of reality was a bit of a shock! Needless to say therefore that I have promptly purchased The Second Path too. I need to see where Selkie’s discoveries take her next, and selkie tales have always been my favourite flavour of folklore!
“Are you freaking out, Selkie?”
“What do you think? A face in the mirror, not my face. Ancestors and footprints and messages. I’ve almost got used to Doris. And your fish, the way their eyes follow me round the room like Rembrandts, but this… This is spooky. Things like this don’t happen in Sydney.”
“That’s probably why you left. Your soul was after a roller-coaster ride.”
“Roller-coasters make me throw up.”
– Virginia King, The First Lie
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
That it is the first book of the series is even more exciting to me.
Selkie Moon is the kind of girl that female readers will associate with in terms of her life in the ‘everyday’, but unraveling a connection with something a little supernatural or folk lore-ish makes her journey of self discovery all the more enticing.
The detail of research incorporated into this book in terms of psychology and mythology makes the mystery of Selkie’s stalker all the more thrilling and engaging.
Perhaps an amateur female sleuth isn’t the most original idea, but Selkie is one of a kind and the nature of blended genres makes this creative story (and hopefully the series) quite unique.
Possibly aimed more at female readers, it’s hard not to like this book and also find yourself picking up tidbits of information to spark the imagination as the world of Selkie Moon goes far beyond the norm. It isn’t just the mystery that compels you to read it, but being introduced in depth to a heroine that I hope to see more of in the very near future.
Any lover of literature will appreciate how singularly spectacular this book is.
Selkie herself is quite a character - almost believable almost all of the time! The author leads her readers on a tour of countries, cultures, legends and myths unpacking, along the way, some of the complex psychological motivations behind the way we are and the choices we make.
Ultimately it was this part of the novel I connected with the most - since I have a keen interest in psychology. Though cloaked in a mystical and paranormal narrative, this author does a good job of analysing and unraveling the complex web of motivations and desires which drive us in our day to day lives. We get an in-depth look at everything from parent/child relationships to the reasons why people commit to marriage relationships - not always as simple as 'being in love'.
Given that it's a difficult book to pidgeon-hole, it will not appeal to all readers but I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got past the first chapter and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a book that's difficult to put down.
Selkie Moon is a regular woman who has regular problems – she obsesses over a bad haircut, fumes at the controlling ways of her stepmother, and craves for a happier life. She walks out of an emotionally abusive marriage to set up her own company. Things go well initially but soon Selkie runs into a stalker only she can see.
The plot thickens when she discovers that there’s more to her identity and existence than she previously thought. As she comes to terms with who she really is, Selkie begins to embrace her ancestry and heritage.
Dramatic and unpredictable, this is a must read for those who enjoy paranormal suspense.