Friday, November 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Deadly Lies

Husband and wife stand on opposite sides of a divide created by lies and rooted in a dark and deadly past…

As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather's cruel abuse. Now as an adult, Jill's made it - she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle. The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant - until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview - and suddenly all of it comes rushing back. Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, triggering a series of events that leads Jill down a wormhole of retribution, forcing her to spin an ever-widening web of lies. Meanwhile, Alex is pulled into a case of a series of murders that began as cyber relationships.

There seems to be a familiar fingerprint on these crimes, but Alex refuses to believe the murderer could be someone close to him…

“Chris Patchell”s debut novel, Deadly Lies, is a taut, fast-paced thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go. Patchell is a master storyteller with a real talent for creating pulse-pounding suspense.”—Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of Unspeakable.


My Thoughts:
  • Oh my goodness wow! This was incredible and amazing and I'm off to buy a paperback copy! Everything about it, from the beginning, was up-beat and fast, well-written and thrilling. 
  • Thriller yes this is. We see it from the beginning, with the prologue, all the way through. The language used with Lies is also perfect for the genre. When tension is high, the sentences get choppy and faster. Building suspense uses longer, more drawn-out sentences. It's so perfect for the book and it definitely sets the scene.
  • The prologue is incredible and it let's the reader see into Jill's abuse by her stepfather. I think it's important to know since it plays a somewhat important role in the book itself.
  • I'm so glad that this fit the bill of a thriller. A lot of books just...don't. They don't thrill. When I read the synopsis, I knew this would be one that did, and I was write. Everything about this makes a great thriller.
  • The descriptions are perfect. They are so consuming and I can see everything the characters do. They help the reader connect to the story and feel like they are in there, too. It really keeps the interest focused.
Rating: 4.5 stars

About the Author:

When Chris Patchell isn’t hiking in the Cascade Mountains or hanging out with family and friends, she is working at her hi-tech job or writing gritty suspense novels. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Chris. She fell in love with storytelling in the third grade when her half-page creative writing assignment turned into a five-page story on vampires. Even back then Chris had a gift for writing intricate plots that were so good her father refused to believe she didn’t steal them from comic books.

Years later, Chris spent long afternoons managing her own independent record store and writing romance novels. After closing the record store and going to college, Chris launched a successful career in hi-tech. She married, had kids but amid all the madness, the itch to write never really went away. So she started writing again. Not romance this time – suspense filled with drama, and angst, speckled with a little bit of blood.

Why suspense? Chris blames her obsession with the dark on two things: watching Stephen King movies as a kid and spending ridiculous amounts of time commuting in Seattle traffic. “My stories are based on scenarios I live every day, distorted through the

fictional lens. And my stories come with the added bonus of not having to be restrained by socially acceptable behavior."

To learn more about Chris and her debut novel, DEADLY LIES, visit

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