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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Liquid Lies” by Lois Lavrisa is a gut-churning, suspense-filled murder mystery that reminded me why I used to be such an avid fan of murder mysteries. Best friends Francesca and CiCi had spent the day celebrating Francesca’s eighteenth birthday, prior to her leaving for a four-year European experience, when things suddenly went horribly wrong. The two girls promised each other they would never talk about what happened to anybody, never, for any reason. When next the story picks up, four years have passed and Francesca is back in town. Out of the blue things suddenly go horribly wrong again, even worse than before, and now Francesca is no more. What happened to her? Did it have anything to do with what happened four years earlier? Did something happen in Europe that came back to haunt her? What about her rumored affair with an older married man known only as “Ace”?
I have often prided myself on my ability to figure out ‘whodunit’ early in any murder mystery. Not so with "Liquid Lies". There are 46 chapters in this book, and I think I was ‘certain’ who the killer was in each chapter. However, it was a different person in each chapter that I was convinced was the guilty party! The clues mounted throughout the book, but always seemed to point to a new culprit. In the end – the surprisingly twisty end, I might add – it all came together perfectly. But I spent an awful lot of time concerned the wrong person was going to prison for the crime(s) she did not commit. If you enjoy a good, suspenseful murder mystery, full of thrills, chills, and spills, you need to read "Liquid Lies". I very much recommend this book to anybody who thinks he/she can handle the suspense!