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This is a great addition to the Thicker than Water series, set in the future after devastating floods have changed life for everyone in the UK. It continues to focus on the refugees who have banded together to form a small community on the North Yorkshire coast near to Filey but this time revolves around Sarah Evans, her family and secrets waiting to be revealed.
The family dynamics in the Evans family are central to this story. Sarah’s father is a domineering, controlling and abusive man subject to dramatic mood swings. He strives to keep Sarah and her mother, Dawn, safe by keeping them in the family home as much as possible, limiting their freedom of movement. Sarah’s kidnapping, rescue and return home all add to his turmoil and unease which is reflected in his subsequent behaviour and attitude.
Martin is one of the kidnappers who actually turned against them to help set Sarah and the other captives free. He returns with the rescued women but is unsure of his welcome and if he’ll be accepted into this community again.
As the community of disparate families comes to terms with events in their own ways, the arrival of the police, accusations and secrets keep the reader on the edge of their seat turning the pages to discover just what happens next. It is another character driven thriller where secrets of past actions will impact on all as the truth is sought despite all the lies being stated. With not one but three murders, this well paced thriller is a great addition to the series. It is written as a standalone but I suspect readers will gain more enjoyment from reading Thicker than Water first as many of the characters are the same and it is great to read how they are developing.
Once again there are secrets from the past coming to haunt some, vengeance is being sought and danger surrounds them all. Will event and action from the past be seriously detrimental and threaten the safety and well being of them all? You’ll have to read this thought provoking story for yourself to find out!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?
Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.
With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.
Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?
Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.
A standalone sequel to Thicker Than Water
The earlier book in this series is Thicker than Water – click on the title to read my review of it!
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