20 February 2020

The Worst Lie

Photo of the book cover of The Worst Lie by Shauna Bickley

By Shauna Bickley

Paperback 309 pages
Publisher Independently published (23rd Dec 2019)

📕My Review

The Worst Lie is part of the Lexie Wyatt murder series. Not having read the first book I can confirm that this second book works perfectly as a standalone read. The author succinctly provides all necessary background information ensuring the reader is fully informed.

Years earlier, Lexie's friend Helen was part of a close-knit group of university flatmates. Having gone their separate ways after an ill-fated reunion and apparent suicide, Helen is fearful when ex-flatmate Eden reappears and suggests another group get-together. Eden confides in Lexie that she believes the suicide was, in fact, murder and someone in the group knows more than they're letting on. Lexie sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery and unwittingly puts herself in danger when her life becomes inexorably entangled with the group.

What a marvellous book! Set in Dorset in the UK, The Worst Lie was a fantastic read that had me gripped from beginning to end. The characters were skillfully brought to life and genuinely seemed real. The plot was twisty and intricate, with all kinds of shenanigans going on. It was difficult to distinguish lies and cover-ups from truth and fact — a sure sign of a quality piece of work. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure who out who did what to whom. A suspenseful and enjoyable read. 

I would like to extend my thanks to author Shauna Bickley for bringing The Worst Lie to my attention and providing a copy for this review.
Book Source: Review copy from the author
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

Their college days are long-gone, but their reunion will be murder…

When Lexie Wyatt’s close friend Helen is frightened by an unexpected visit from an ex-university flatmate, Lexie is determined to help. She contrives an invitation to a weekend reunion of the group at one of England’s ancient stone circles. While there one of them admits they believe their long-dead friend was murdered.

Digging into the flatmates’ secrets, Lexie discovers they have lied. Could they also have committed murder?

There is another murder at the stone circles, and Lexie uncovers information that may connect the two crimes… and implicate her good friend.

Is someone targeting the former students, or is the killer one of the group?

After another murder, Lexie is in a race against time to discover the killer before there are yet more deaths.

📘The Author

Photo of author Shauna Bickley
Shauna writes crime novels featuring characters who aren't afraid to solve mysteries, find murderers, and generally get themselves in all sorts of danger. In real life, Shauna wouldn't be found doing any of these things.

As well as murder mysteries and thrillers, she also enjoys writing and reading contemporary fiction with lots of drama and a twist of romance.

In addition to novels, Shauna also writes short stories. She has had short fiction published in the Awesome Indies Anthology, Bravado, non-fiction articles in The New Writer, and appeared in several competition anthologies.

Shauna was born in England and now lives in the Waikato, New Zealand.

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