Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
(Inspector Lynley Mystery, Book 17)

70%

10 Critic Reviews

Pared-down George, weighing in at a svelte 600 pages, but still strewn with subplots, melodrama...and the impossibly heroic, impossibly nice Thomas Lynley.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Is it an accident?
Or murder?

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to the troubled son Ian left behind.
 

About Elizabeth George

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Elizabeth George is a popular teacher and speaker at Christian women's events.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Penguin Books. 615 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Believing the Lie
All: 10 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Good
on Jan 10 2012

Pared-down George, weighing in at a svelte 600 pages, but still strewn with subplots, melodrama...and the impossibly heroic, impossibly nice Thomas Lynley.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Nov 28 2011

Statements of the obvious...and platitudes for unbearably painful situations will annoy some, while others will see the denouement from a mile off.

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WSJ online

Excellent
on Jan 07 2012

Ms. George, as ever, writes a long and complicated book, with a multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Jan 10 2012

There may be a good 200-page book here, but it needs a solid plot point of view and a talented editor to dig it out.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Feb 02 2012

George’s voluminous suspense novels are inhabited with a fascinating cast of characters who are brought to life on the page, fully fleshed out with all the complexities, foibles and aspirations of real life.

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Washington Times

Below average
on Mar 23 2012

The book is overly complicated, with every detail examined minutely and the reader may feel that it would have been more interesting at half its length.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent

George is a true master of tragic psychological suspense.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Apr 01 2012

... the subplots are extremely complex and the novel features a myriad of characters...

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The Seattle Times

Above average
on Jan 09 2012

...there is one misstep. That's Zev's Jewish mother, who is obsessed to the point of lunacy with finding a mate for her son. Oddly for such a subtle writer, George paints this woman as a cartoonish yenta...whose character never rings true.

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Large Print Reviews

Excellent
on Oct 29 2012

Believing the Lie is George writing at her best...the writing is smooth and vivid, and the plot complex and filled with exquisite details.

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