Captured Lies by Maggie Thom has everything a book needs to become unforgettable and every ingredient that I need to become hooked on a certain author. I read Tainted Waters by Thom first and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so naturally I bought Captured Lies.
The books were like day and night. The only things they had in common were the author, the suspense and the fully developed characters. As I was reading, I kept muttering, “How did she think of that twist? Where does she get her ideas from?”
I was invested early in and with shockers like this, I’m sure you can understand, “She looked down and tear-filled blue eyes blinked up at her. The baby’s bottom lip was trembling. In the five months Mary had the baby she’d never before felt a tug in her heart. Amazed at what fear would do to her, she shook off the feeling and tucked the screaming baby into the diaper bag.” Into the diaper bag?! Just try to put the book down after that sentence!
The book was a stand-alone thriller with just enough romance at stake to keep my anxiety flowing and my attention caught. I have to confess, I did something I rarely do. I peeked. Yup. I peeked at the ending because I couldn’t take the suspense anymore. I got my answers but the fascinating storyline never let me put my Nook down until I was finished reading Captured Lies.
Many authors use a cookie cutter formula with different sprinkles to change things up a bit. Thom is not one of those authors. Captured Lies proceeds at a riveting pace, with plenty of surprises, keeping me invested in the characters and concerned about the outcome for Bailey, the main character, when she keeps tripping over family secrets.
Thom has written her first two books with the flair of a seasoned author, so I can’t wait to see what she writes next. I don’t know how she does it but Thom is a writer’s writer.
by Jeanne Marie
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Review of Women Who Think Too Much By Maggie Thom, Author of Tainted Waters and Captured Lies
“Wow. I don’t know where to even start with this but I can tell you that although it is a tough read, it is a must. Women Who Think Too Much is raw and will punch you in the solar plexus. When I started reading it, no I hadn’t read the blurb about it, I thought it was going to talk about how women are so hard on themselves. Which it did, sort of but it’s really one woman’s journey through co-dependency and abuse and her wish to wake up other women who might be living this kind of life or headed for it.
Jeanne Marie shares her journey through co-dependency and abuse but she does it in a unique way, she calls it the 12 slip step to co-dependency, where she uses dark humor for a dark subject. I think that if she’d just shared her journey I would have felt awful for her but I don’t think I’d have looked at my life quite so closely. It’s interesting because she talks a lot about all the ways and things she did to avoid looking at her own life for a long time. I think it is brilliantly written. It’s only about sixty pages but it is by no means a quick read.
Try catching your breath after you’ve read it because you won’t while you’re reading it. It’s the elephant in the room that no one talks about, no one shares. I guarantee this book will wake you up like none other. Or at least it should.”
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