Review of HOUSE OF LIES by Terry Lynn Thomas

This is the first book in this series that I have read, so that fact may have led to my initial confusion about what was happening. The time period is the 1940’s and the setting shifts between three places in the British Isles. At the beginning, I was put off by the number of characters as well as the jumping around from place to place. There seemed to be totally different and unconnected stories. About halfway through, the strands of the two or three stories came together, and I was a much happier reader since I was finally understanding more. I felt that the book was slow-paced but it was entertaining. I particularly liked the main character, Cat Carlisle, because she is like a Robin Hood figure, giving her riches to the poor and abused women and helping them to find new lives. The murder that occurred at first seemed to be an offside story, but as I understood more, it took center stage and helped to weave the story together. I will definitely look for more books by this author and really need to read the first two books in the series. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book as long as they stay with it and don’t expect a quick resolution.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
My rating is based on how entertained I was by the book and how well-written I felt that it was. This is a clean read in the genre of historical fiction. I do suggest that readers start with the first book in the series so that the confusion that I felt might be avoided.

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