The Lying Kind by Alison James
Published: February 7, 2018 by Bookouture
The Lying Kind by Alison James is the 1st in the Detective Rachel Prince mystery series.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A missing child. Every parent’s worst nightmare, and every detective’s dream to be the one to get her back. Lola Jade Harper is only 6 years old when she is taken from her bed in the middle of the night. Months pass, and the case is handed over to the NCA (National Crime Agency) working closely with CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection. Rachel Prince is the lead detective. There are presently three theories as to Lola’s location. She may have been “sold” for sexual exploitation. One of her parents, in the middle of a divorce, may be involved and may be hiding her. She may be dead. Now if only people would stop lying to Prince. If it isn’t the mother, it’s the father, or their families. Everyone seems to be keeping secrets.
On a personal level, Rachel is dealing with a divorce which should have been finalized 17 years ago, a partner who may have overstepped and now has some legal issues, and a love life that is rather messed up.
First, I didn’t particularly like Rachel. She is a strong lead, and she definitely cares about her job, but her attitude toward her divorce and love life are “off”. I was actually surprised she only ended up in bed with one guy in this book. I wasn’t impressed with her partner’s womanizing either, but I did, however, like the rapport between the two. They seem to have a rather flirtatious friendship/working relationship which works. The plot of this book is very good, very interesting, and well written. However, the excitement just wasn’t there until the last 10% of the book. Before that, I found it really dragged.
I know others have loved this book, so perhaps it just didn’t resonate with me for some reason. It was okay, but just okay. Perhaps I’ll like the second book in the series better. Sometimes it takes a bit to get on the same wavelength as the protagonist, so I’m willing to try again.
Read: February 2018
Favorite Quote from The Lying Kind:
“Just hurry up and get back to work, because right now you’re about as much use as a vibrator in a mortuary.”
About the Author: Alison James is a British author who studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist, author, paralegal, commercial copywriter, a TV storyliner, and has now returned to writing.