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The Last Lie Told (Finley O’Sullivan Book 1) Kindle Edition
From USA Today bestselling author Debra Webb comes the thrilling first installment in the Finley O’Sullivan series, featuring a legal investigator haunted by her past and obsessed with the truth.
Legal investigator Finley O’Sullivan searches for evidence the police overlooked, wading through secrets, lies, and betrayal to find answers. With the unsolved murder of her husband still very much on her mind, Finley must confront her own personal trauma on a daily basis. Lies are part of her livelihood, but they’re also the reason she can’t get justice for the man she loved.
When a man imprisoned for murder recants his confession, claiming he cleaned up the mess for his girlfriend—the victim’s own daughter—Finley takes on the case. She discovers the victim had identical twin daughters…and the sisters have very different accounts of the crime.
As she dives headlong into the twins’ traumatic past, Finley will have to contend with her own demons to get to the truth—before it’s too late.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense – New and continuing series
“A complex case fraught with angst and danger ends with surprising revelations.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Debra Webb writes the kind of thrillers I love to read. Sure, there is a murder or more. Yes, a twisted mystery to be solved. Once again, in The Last Lie Told, her characters are fully rendered and reveal themselves authentically as her novel unfolds and careens to its stunning conclusion. The Last Lie Told is her best yet. Webb is the queen of smart suspense.” —Gregg Olsen, #1 New York Times bestselling author
From the Publisher
When a killer behind bars claims he never murdered Lance Legard, a well-known man in the Nashville music scene, Finley’s brought in on the case. His widow, Sophia, is hoping to protect her twin daughters from the crime ripping open old wounds—Lance himself wasn’t known as a good man and was suspected of harming his own children. As Finley starts to dig into the details of this powerful family, she uncovers alarming truths about her own marriage that leave her with new questions—who was her husband?
USA Today bestselling author Debra Webb hits it out of the park with this brilliant series starter. In the words of #1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen, “Debra Webb is the queen of smart suspense.” I couldn’t agree more.
—Megha Parekh, Editor
- ASIN : B09K7JHT5P
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 Aug. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 8261 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 246 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is well written and I assumed, wrongly, that the author had a background in criminal justice, due to the seemingly accurate law descriptions.
Finley, main character, was a prosecutor with the District Attorney. Following the murder of her husband and consequent poor behaviour she is employed by a defence lawyer- Jack- as a defence investigator.
5 years previously a man was imprisoned for killing a wealthy, well known man. He’s now seeking a retrial on the grounds that he didn’t kill the man, a member of the man’s family was responsible.
The family, mother Sophie and identical twins Cecelia and Olivia are what I describe as dysfunctional. Finley is tasked with delving into the whole scenario to find the truth. This proves difficult because the twins cannot be truly identified by anyone apart from their mother.
The storyline is complicated, with various ‘others’ involved. Running alongside the main theme is the murder of her husband and snippets of information are disclosed which ultimately lead into a second book.
The justice system in America is obviously very different from UK. Investigations here are done by the police. Accepting the differences, the plot speeds along. The main characters are well drawn and will no doubt be developed further.
I also found it annoying that we inherit a large chunk of backstory about the death of Finley's husband that makes this book feel not like a first instalment but a later one. Why not paint that story properly? Clearly hubby was up to all sorts of shenanigans but if I'd paid full price, I'd be pretty peed off to not get any resolution of what was happening.
Twins in crime novels are cheesy. Who can you believe, who is who, who pretended to be their twin - it's been done far too many times. Throw in another dash of 'My colleague had a fling with the widow' and such-like and this book just can't stand up on its own.
I was disappointed. I didn't really care who killed whom. I was just glad the book was over - even with an unsatisfying ending.
Apparently, the author has written other books. I can't help thinking she needs a more critical editor to tighten up the rambling mess that this turned into.
It was easy to read, I liked the characters, finding them to be relatable, and I found myself intrigued by Finleys neighbour (Helen) who I am sure is likely to pop up in subsequent stories later on. I'm also left wondering what her late husband was really up too...
I'll definitely give the next in the series a read