Lie, Lie Again: A Novel by Stacy Wise
publication: January 1st 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
For three women with so much to hide, there’s no such thing as a little white lie…
All three women who live at 1054 Mockingbird Lane have secrets…and with a body at the bottom of their apartment building’s staircase, those secrets need to stay buried.
Sylvia Webb has a plan. And a potential Mr. Right. He’s sweet, simple, and dependably clueless about what she’s up to. The only thing unpredictable about him is his needy ex-girlfriend, who is this close to shattering Sylvia’s dreams. But Sylvia’s not going to let that happen.
Riki McFarlan has a good career and an amazing boyfriend who wants to settle down. If only she didn’t have feelings for her neighbor—who happens to be her close friend’s husband. With everything going so right, why is Riki flirting with something so wrong, so…dangerous?
Embry Taylor is as devoted to her children as she is to her husband, who’s a bartender by night, an aspiring actor by day. She is his biggest fan. But with his career not taking off and tensions high, even sweet Embry has something she’s desperate to keep hidden.
Lies, secrets, and revenge. For three neighbors with stakes so high, someone is headed for a downfall.
The characters in this book all live in the same quadplex. They are neighbors and friends. Each has their own story filled with truths and lies, misconceptions, and beliefs. I love learning about the characters, their lives, their hopes, and their fears. They all had lies that had been told or believed and they all were looking for their own kind of happiness.
The three woman, who tell their story, are all unique in their lives and stories. Riki is a private school teacher who has a crush on the hot neighbor. Embry is a stay at home mom, married to the hot neighbor, who is keeping a big secret. Sylvia, the least likable, has a tough exterior who has a boyfriend that she thinks is keeping secrets from her. This makes it seem like there are three separate stories happening in this book, but Stacy Wise did an excellent job of keeping the stories together and making the book flow easily.
Lie, Lie Again is a fun suspense book. It starts with a body at the bottom of the stairs and reads through time as the reader tries to piece together who the body belongs to. I like the wonder of who-dun-it but honestly as the story continues, I forget that how it starts and am just intrigued by the story itself.
**Thank you Ann-Marie Nieves at GetRedPR for a copy of the book via Amazon Prime First Reads in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Stacy Wise
Stacy Wise is the award-winning author of the novels Beyond the Stars and Maybe Someone Like You. Her next book, Lie, Lie Again will be released on 1/1/21. Prior to her writing career, Stacy worked in television casting on shows including The X Files, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Party of Five. After a decade in the industry, she returned to school and received her teaching credential and masters from Chapman University. She has taught both kindergarten and third grade. A native of California and graduate of UCLA, she lives with her family and three fluffy dogs in Los Angeles.