The Lying House by Rick Mofina
MIRA Books: 11/26/19
eBook review copy; 512 pages
The Lying House by Rick Mofina is a highly recommended thriller.
Jeff and Lisa Taylor left Cleveland, Ohio, and move to Miami, Florida,
after Jeff receives a big promotion. Lisa left a good job and family
behind, but she knows that Jeff's job means they will be able to start a
family, something she has always wanted. They have a huge house in an
expensive neighborhood, and will soon have a security system installed -
but not before they have someone break in and holds a knife to Lisa's
throat. The attack shakes up Lisa to the core of her being, while Jeff
is trying to hold it all together and make his mark at his new job. Lisa
may want to move back to Cleveland, but Jeff knows it would be a bad
idea. They have a neighborhood watch group, which Jeff joins. A
neighbor, a former law enforcement official, runs it.
As Lisa continues to feel like she is being watched and Jeff is
dealing with a former colleague from Cleveland who is threatening him,
the tension increases in this taunt thriller. You will trust no one and
suspect everyone. Even Lisa and Jeff seem unreliable as both of them
have dark occurrences in their childhood that still traumatize them.
The narrative alternates between thoughts of Lisa and Jeff, and the
investigations by the police and an FBI special agent. The story also has a tie-in to a serial killer who may be connected to the scumbag who threatened Lisa.
The writing is quite good and Mofina keeps you guessing as he
ratchets up the tension and the suspects with each chapter. Careful
readers are going to catch on to what is really going on early, but
Mofina keeps the action multiplying and the plot interesting enough to
keep you reading to see if you are right. Developments in the plot will
have the pages flying by in this fast-paced thriller.
My review copy was courtesy of MIRA Books.