Mickey Gibson has her hands full. She's a sharp-as-nails former police investigator now working for ProEye. Her job involves searching online for hidden assets of wealthy criminals which enables her to raise her two young children at home after being jilted by her ex-husband. A woman she believes is working for her boss calls and asks her to check out a nearby mansion to inventory its contents. Thrilled to get away for a few hours, she heads out only to find a dead man in the house. To make matters worse, her company has never heard of the woman who sent her to the scene of the crime. Immediately a suspect, Mickey finds herself back in contact with the mystery woman "Clarisse" and soon knee-deep in trying to find out who killed the victim. All while putting herself and her family in danger.
David Baldacci's new standalone book Simply Lies is an enjoyable and fast-paced thriller. It had a somewhat complicated plot with effective twists and turns that kept me intrigued. While it took some suspension of disbelief to imagine a single mother being so reckless, I tried not to over-analyze. I enjoyed the dynamics between Mickey and Clarisse. Both were smart women who found they needed one another not only to unravel the murder but to solve a much more complicated search for a hidden fortune. And Mickey was determined to find out the true identity of the woman who turned her life upside down as Clarisse had way too much knowledge about her life. Baldacci has once again delivered an exciting, action-packed, suspenseful story that kept me guessing. Mission accomplished.
Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Novel Suspects Insiders for providing an advance copy.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery | Psychological Thriller.
Publication Date: April 18, 2023.
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