Friday, May 2, 2014

Captured Lies by Maggie Thom: Tens List and Review

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What are your 10 least favorite foods?

By Maggie Thom


I really am not all that picky of an eater. I'm willing to eat most things and try most things but there are some things I have been totally turned off of eating.


1. Liver - I know it's supposed to be healthy and good for you but nope, I ate a fair amount as a kid (not by choice) and now won't touch it. 
2. Oysters - just too slimy. 
3. Cooked spinach - as a kid we had this a lot. I love raw spinach just not boiled, it's so wrong. 
4. Pea Soup - just not a fan. 
5. Wild meat - I've tried several but I just don't like the taste. 
6. Pickled eggs - it just seems wrong somehow. 
7. Mac and cheese - I think I ate too much in my University days. 
8. Papayas - the taste is just too different for me. 
9. Sardines - I can't get past the smell of them, never mind the look. 
10. Caviar - I can't get beyond the idea I'm eating fish eggs.


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Title:  Captured Lies

Author: Maggie Thom

Published:  October 2012, Re-release March 19th

Publisher: Quadessence Solutions

Word Count:  97,000

Genre:  Suspense/Thriller

Recommended Age:  Teen +


She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it…

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

But can she do it in time…


Excerpt from Captured Lies:

Bailey moved closer to the open door.
“Did you tell her?”
“No.” Something was mumbled she couldn’t make out, then, “…let me worry about that.”
“What’s happening?”
“Donna Saunders aka Donna Zajic, married to Doug Zajic, a Member of Parliament. Donna disappeared in July of 1983. There was suspected abuse. Several calls, no charges. She was never seen again after the early morning of July 6, 1983. There was even question of him murdering her. Since no body, no blood, no sign of foul play, they had to drop it. The car she took when she left was finally recovered in southeast Calgary. Apparently she gave it to some guy at the airport and paid him to park it miles away. No sign of her buying a ticket though, to fly anywhere. I think that’s where Mr. Lund comes in. I’m guessing he’s responsible for getting her a new name. I’m just not clear why. Nor do I understand this next part.” There was silence except for the clacking of the computer keys. “It seems our Mr. Lund was playing a bit of a nasty game. He was getting twenty thousand dollars for territory fees - don’t know what that means - and another twelve thousand for cabin fees from Mr. Zajic and was paying Donna eight thousand dollars. So he pocketed at least twenty-eight thousand dollars a month for himself. Not clear on whether it was agreed upon or what. I’m guessing it was blackmail. The man was a pro. The list of people he was being paid by for some crazy things - everyone from police officers, to lawyers, to judges, to members of parliament. Nasty man. He had to be responsible for Donna’s name change. I just don’t get why.”
“There’s no way in hell my mom was getting eight thousand dollars a month. We lived like rats in the sewer most of the time.”

 4 Stars

This was an enjoyable read with a lot of suspense and tension.  I really liked the overall idea of the story and thought it was well-planned and believable. I also LOVED Guy.  I had trouble warming up to Bailey.  For a woman pushing 30 she often acted much younger.  Some of it I could readily chalk up to her exceptionally difficult childhood, but still she grated on my last nerve.  With Bailey, progress seemed to consistently be one step forward, two giant steps back. When cornered or assaulted Bailey became the type of character I love – boy, was she ever kick-ass tough when it counted!  Those were the times when her street smarts and tenacity caused me to cheer. Those pivotal moments showed a self-assured, strong-willed person ferociously fighting those determined to silence her forever; to uncover the elusive answers and discover  her true self.   There is a sequel and I am sure Bailey will face new challenges and continue to grow into a better person.  I hope that Guy will be there for her as her personal transformation evolves.

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J  
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About the Author:

Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. She is excited to publish her third novel, Deceitful Truths, March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. “Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine.


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