Where They Lie by Joe Hart
5/1/23; 240 pages
Thomas & Mercer
Nora McTavish #1
Where They Lie by Joe Hart is a highly recommended domestic mystery.
Kaylee Volk is a vlogger and influencer whose focus is family life. She is unable to conceive so Kaylee and her husband, Justin, have three foster children Bethany, Mason, and Andrea. The children are a focus of her content. When the family's private plane crashes into the ocean only Kaylee survives. She claims Andrea caused the plane crash.
Nora McTavish is a child protective services (CPS) agent who had a troubled childhood herself. She is also familiar with the Volk family from an earlier call she had to investigate a fight between Andrea and Mason. The police are satisfied with the answers they have for the plane crash, but Nora suspects there is more going on and begins her own investigation.
Since this is the first novel in what will be a series featuring
Nora, the trauma from her troubling childhood experiences are covered to
help establish her personality and reactions. There is plenty of room
left to further develop her character in future novels. She is a
sympathetic but damaged character and readers will trust her judgment as
she investigates what happened with the Volk family. There are also
some fine clues to how much Nora really cares about the people she is
The mystery within the novel is interesting and Nora uncovers secrets
within the Volk family. There are threatening incidents to Nora
personally and a break-in at her home after she brought home a broken
iPad from the Volk's home. The iPad wasn't taken, and her dog wasn't
hurt, but the threat of violence increases the tension. As she uncovers
clues it becomes clear that the iPad may contain information about the
case that someone is trying to hide, but first she will have to find a
way to get the information off the broken device. A quick, satisfying
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