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Lie Still

Lie Still [Kindle Edition]

Julia Heaberlin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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'There's an underlying tension running through this psychological thriller that I found addictive. It was well set up, beautifully written and full of atmosphere . . . She knows how to plot and how to keep the reader guessing.' (Mari Hannah)

'Lie Still is a potent blast of 21st-century Southern Gothic. Julia Heaberlin brings a poet's craft and conviction to her storytelling . . . She has captured the raw and dangerous Texan sunshine and sprinkled it liberally across the pages of her highly accomplished second thriller.'

(Kate Rhodes)

'Heaberlin expertly spins out a tale of lies and deceit that will keep the reader guessing.' (Publisher's Weekly)

'Heaberlin's depiction of one tight-knit Texas community is both culturally savvy and politically astute. Her group of rich white women desperate to climb the social ladder is funny as well as sad . . . a carefully wrapped package of Texas soap opera, social and political expose, and well-paced thriller.' (Booklist)

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Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345527046
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love those texas women! 1 Aug 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy of this novel via netgalley.

Emily is desperately trying to leave a violent past behind her and escape a stalker who has haunted her for years. Pregnant with her first child she and her Husband move to Clairmont, Texas. Hoping for a new start Emily finds herself thrust into the heart of a group of Texas women, all of whom have secrets - run by their "Queen" Caroline Warwick, who may also be hiding secrets of her own. When Caroline disappears Emily finds herself having to unravel the threads of her past, as well as her present in order to save herself.

I loved the way this novel was written. It was kind of messy like Emily herself but in a very good she unravels things YOU unravel things and the story has many twists and turns along the way. Cleverly released information in small doses makes you turn the pages all the faster to find out who is hiding what and why - and the characters are not always what they appear to be. Emily herself reveals her own secrets along the way - she hides from herself as much as from anyone and this makes her a very well drawn character. The Texas women are all intriguing - hey and annoying in equal measure - their "voices" will speak to you, I could almost hear them as I read. And the final resolution will not disappoint...

This novel also tackles some serious subjects head on and in a realistic and I think quite important way..the second book I have come across recently that does so. This gives it an edge over a standard mystery thriller and for that reason as well as the fact that its a great story I would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 13 Aug 2013
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"I felt like I was living on the last place on earth, trapped in an Edvard Munch painting with the cast of Real Housewives."

This really is a WOW read, one which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is quite deceptive at first, when Emily and husband Mike move to Texas so that he can take up his new job as Chief of Police; Emily is invited to attend a lunch at the home of Caroline Warwick, where she is introduced to the local ladies. We are introduced to a whole host of characters, Texan ladies who like to lunch and have botox injections on the way to pick up the kids from school, try every diet going and have guns in the boots of their cars, all with larger than life personalities.

The story though does turn very dark as it becomes clear that one of the ladies is collecting the darkest secrets of all the others - but for what purpose? And when the leader of the ladies - Caroline - goes missing - everyone wants to know what happened to her.

I loved the character of Emily, who was very human and believable and who has her own dark secrets which she has never revealed to anyone, not even to Mike. I loved the way her thoughts were right there on the page so we felt every emotion she went through, even the funny little one liners. Mike himself is a very complex character. A man of the law, dedicated to his job - he sometimes comes across as a little distant but that is only due to the pressures of his work. In reality he loves his wife 110% and would do ANYTHING for her.

What transpires makes for a very gripping read, full of tension and danger. It is a story where you feel that nobody Emily comes into contact with can be trusted. The story twists and turns right until the very end, which does come as a complete surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 20 Jan 2014
By P
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I read 2 - 3 books a week so find many are rehashes of others. This had twists and turns whilst giving bits of information to get the brain cells working.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocrity in a book 19 Jan 2014
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I wouldn't actively recommend this mediocre story. It would probably make a better film than a book. Found the characters to be unrealistic and didn't really care that much what happened to them in the end
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 26 Nov 2013
By sm1975
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. A quick read that kept me gripped and characters that I could imagine (having once lived in Dallas and met some very colourful characters!!!). Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars lie still 30 Oct 2013
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I liked this book but I did find it a bit creepy, nevertheless I had to make myself put it down as I was still reading at 2 o clock in the morning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book very much 18 Sep 2013
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Not the best book i have read, but nevertheless i enjoyed it ans i thought it was well written, and kept my interest right through
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lie still 15 Sep 2013
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Slow to begin with then you cannot wait to read to the end. The characters are intriguing . I recommend this book.
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