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  • For fans of historical fiction...

    I have to say that I quite enjoyed reading this book. I’m a fan of historical fiction novels, mainly the ones that are set in the WWI and WWII, so I’m a bit picky about them, and that’s why I can say that this has been a really good choice. Cat Carlisle is a very likeable character, smart and kind. She's very well depicted, as well as the other characters. The story is quite interesting, and it makes you want to know what's going to happen next. Therefore, I’m quite thankful to HQ Digital (a division of Harper Collins) and NetGalley for providing me with this digital copy which I’ve received in exchange for an honest review. Cat Carlisle has settled a house for mistreated women. Along with her friend and housekeeper Bede, they give those women a safe place to stay, as well as the opportunity to study at a secretarial school, and find a job in order to start a new life. Thomas Charles, Cat’s fiancé, is worried about her security. He thinks that what Cat does for those women is a noble cause but also risky. He’s afraid that one of the husbands may do something to Cat in revenge. Thomas isn’t the only one who thinks like that, Bede is quite worried too. And they are right; one of the women’s husband, Michael Grenville, a dangerous criminal, has arrived in Rivenby in search of his wife, and won’t leave Cat alone until he knows where she is. But he's not the only one making trouble. There are several characters, which may be a bit confusing at first, at least for me, because I didn't know where this all was going, but then, as you go forward in the story, you will realise they are all connected. I must confess that I didn’t notice at first that it was book number 3 of a series, but I was so interested in the story that I didn’t mind. In fact, I think it can be read quite well without having read the previous two. Now, I will definitely read the previous two books, because I want to know more of Cat's story.

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  • Exciting and thrilling with a bit of romance

    At the center of this story is a chalice from the Middle Ages being smuggled out of France to avoid it ending up in the hands of the Nazis. It gets hidden in a police detective’s house, while criminals are trying to get to it. Adding a psychiatric patient into the plot and we have an exciting, unpredictable story where an abuse victim is found dead. House of Lies is book #3 in Cat Carlisle Series and is about local detective Thomas Charles who has agreed to keep the valuable chalice safe in his house until the war is over. That seems to not go well as the thieves discover where it is hidden. The plot seems to start out as several independent looking stories. I enjoyed realizing that these were elements which enriched the plot and they all tied nicely together a few chapters in. The plot kept me gripped and entertained throughout. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I felt nervous about what would happen. Perhaps I am a bit of a thriller novice, but for me there were some nail biting parts. Main character Catherine-Cat Carlisle is wealthy widow running a safe house for abused women and is engaged to Thomas Charles. While I find her gullible, bordering on irresponsible, not taking danger seriously enough, I can relate to the do-gooder side of her which seems to take over. Fortunately her fiancé worries for her safety. He seems a really good man with a kind heart. I really like his caring and responsible demeanor and fortunately he seems a level headed person not easily scared. Best of all, for a man of the 1940s, he is conscious not to limit Cat’s activities in any way even if it should lead to danger. Easily my favorite character of this story. There were plenty of other interesting characters in this book, of which I particularly enjoyed mentally unstable and dangerous Margaret Bettencourt. She turned up at Cat Carlisle’s women’s shelter claiming to have been abused by her husband. She added some serious drama to the plot. To read about her, I found a hair-rising-in-my-neck kind of thrilling. In all her madness I found her as interesting as she was scary. I loved the setting of 1940s British countryside, mixed with danger and drama that seemed to follow the two main characters. I love the descriptions of 1940s English environments and sceneries as well as all the tea breaks. I also found the parts describing how the war affected the way people lived on every level of society very interesting. House of Lies (Cat Carlisle #3) by Terry Lynn Thomas is the first I have read by this author. I found it exciting and thrilling with a bit of romance. No problem reading it as a standalone, but I prefer to start series with installment #1 to pick up on reoccurring characters and storylines throughout. House of Lies is recommended for fans of Terry Lynn Thomas and readers of historical fiction. Thank you to HQ Digital and NetGalley for this eARC which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own.

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  • It can’t be over!!

    This can’t be the end for Cat Carlisle? (I said screaming!!) It’s so wonderful reading about Cat and her mysteries! I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 4.5 Star

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  • Thomas’s House of Lies

    Great read. Enjoyed it immensely. I note the author’s improvement in the crafting of this book of twists and turns in a rural setting. Bravo!

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