Monday, November 18, 2019

The Lying House

The Lying House by Rick Mofina
MIRA Books: 11/26/19
eBook review copy; 512 pages
ISBN-13: 9780778308881

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.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of MIRA Books.

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