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The First Lie (The Secrets of Selkie Moon Mystery Series) (Book 2) Kindle Edition
Silver Medal Winner in Intrigue, Readers' Favorite Awards 2017
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree 2014
"We are proud to announce that THE FIRST LIE by Virginia King is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money" indieBRAG
"Wow. It definitely takes one very talented author to write such a clever mystery, and still manage to make the story equally hilarious, sexy, and entertaining. I absolutely loved it and I didn't want it to end." Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
"A masterful blend of psychological thriller, mystery, and the paranormal. Virginia King is a terrific writer and she deftly combines elements from different genres to weave a yarn that will have readers enthralled." Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
"... the genius of her writing falls in the more casual hints at foreshadowing [that] heighten the suspense and engage the imagination as the novel takes on a more magical twist." - Forward Clarion Reviews
"... a suspenseful read packed with vivid imagery and surreal encounters ... a dizzying array of events, mysteries, supernatural intrigue, and action." - Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest BookReview
"... a first-rate psychological thriller with finely wrought characters, a tantalizing puzzle and just a touch of romance, all delivered with the sights, sounds and marvels that are
Hawaii as a background." Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"This is an excellent book. I could hardly put it down. The chemistry of the characters was wonderful and enhanced the suspense. If you like a good supernatural, paranormal thriller than you will love this one." Ellen Hogan for Readers' Favorite
"The First Lie is more than just a mystery tale with a touch of the supernatural ... It is incredibly well written. The character development is excellent." - Anne-Maria Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
"King beautifully weaves a tale filled with Celtic, Hawaiian and even Australian influences to create an informative, magical adventure of one woman finding her true self." - Kirkus Reviews
" ... tense, funny, creepy and exciting all in one ..." Mel at BooksBabiesBeing blog
"I loved The First Lie. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it shows how I really felt about this excellent start to what promises to be a fantastic new paranormal mystery series." Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
- ASIN : B00K1VC20Y
- Publisher : Celestial Hedgehog Pty Ltd (29 April 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1719 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 252,321 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cannot recommend highly enough.
The heroine is a woman shedding the cloak of her 'appropriate' life and walking the path to discovering her true self. As we follow her on her journey, we have a world of Hawaiian spirituality to keep us company on the way: wise kahuna, animal spirit guides and aumakua all featuring, and all the while the 'real' world of power-dressing and commercialism provides a frisson of edginess.
It's a captivating and rather intoxicating read - highly recommended - and can be grabbed for the price of your second coconut smoothy (or coffee of course).
This book is part of The Secrets of Selkie Moon Mystery Series purchased 21.08.2021
There is so much tension, Selkie escapes from an abusive relationship and relocates in Hawaii .. there is a lot of folklore, some colourful characters and plenty of adventure.
Yes, it does have a paranormal twist but ultimately I would say it is a mystery/thriller with a hauntingly quaint backdrop.
I was absorbed all the way and particularly like the elements of Selkie seeking her darkside/dead mother. It was quite eerie in places, she hears voices, music and 'sees' a lady - but she has some wonderfully supportive friends.
The whole fear of the ocean and history of the seals was intriguing .. it really is a book with a difference and simply charming. A journey of discovery, it paints a lovely picture of Hawaii and has left me wanting to read the next in the series.
I do think it is a book that will appeal to some and they will love it or others may read and just not 'get it' .. I'm glad I did. I purchased and listened to this on audiobook and the narration was compelling with an Australian accent which highlighted the experience.
I vaguely knew about the Celtic selkie (one appeared in a movie a year or two back - although I don’t remember the film’s name now), a mythic creature which takes human form on land and that of a seal in the sea. With Selkie Moon, the author has created a woman of marvellous strength and sensitivity who leaves an abusive husband in Sydney for Hawaii, where she is caught up in engaging and mysterious events. These involve ghostly apparitions, photographic adventures, questionable business enterprises and revelations about her life that astonish her as much as her circle of friends, eccentrics and confidantes.
In the First Lie, King weaves an enigmatic story out of the mysterious elements that govern our thoughts and actions, and leavens this with a wry humour and sense of optimism. At the same time she uses a spare, sharp and elegant prose with dialogue that drives an irresistible momentum.
I’m really looking forward to the second of the Selkie Moon mysteries.
Top reviews from other countries
I love how Virginia King has taken ghost stories, myths and legends and woven them into a modern setting, yet retaining the haunting mystery of such folklore. The resulting narrative is packed with layer upon layer of symbolism, yet reads easily and follows an entertaining plot arc. Tales of selkies, in particular, have long haunted me; with their overtones of selfish love, sacrifice, hopeless love, loss and longing. It is intriguing to see these echo as a woman flees an emotionally abusive relationship but still finds herself trapped in a life that doesn’t feel like her own.
Selkie is a fascinating character: brave yet terrified, witty yet subdued, confident enough to be a motivational speaker yet crippled by self-doubt everywhere outside the seminar room. These dichotomies begin to make sense as the narrative unfolds and Selkie’s personal history begins to unravel. I really enjoyed having a strong female protagonist with such realistic limitations and loved seeing the character develop through the narrative.
There is plenty of action here with threats looming in every direction and both Selkie and the reader confused as to which presents the most danger: the domineering ex, the mysterious woman, paranormal forces? At one point I felt like Selkie, overwhelmed at the amount of paranormal in the plotline, yet it was also the uniquely quirky characters and their various ‘gifts’ and wisdom that kept me hooked, desperate to know what would happen next.
For the first two-thirds of the novel the reader is introduced to Selkie, her setting and her companions, and the tension slowly builds as she investigates the strange occurrences and attempts to make sense of her fears. There is gradually more spirituality as the plot progresses, as Selkie moves from cynic to convert in her attempts to reconcile her instincts and her senses. The final third of the novel explodes into action at a terrific pace, and answers come thick and fast, culminating in a satisfying yet surreal ending.
I was left clutching my Kindle, breathless and slightly dizzy. Having been thoroughly submerged in Selkie’s adventure, coming up suddenly into the cold air of reality was a bit of a shock! Needless to say therefore that I have promptly purchased The Second Path too. I need to see where Selkie’s discoveries take her next, and selkie tales have always been my favourite flavour of folklore!
“Are you freaking out, Selkie?”
“What do you think? A face in the mirror, not my face. Ancestors and footprints and messages. I’ve almost got used to Doris. And your fish, the way their eyes follow me round the room like Rembrandts, but this… This is spooky. Things like this don’t happen in Sydney.”
“That’s probably why you left. Your soul was after a roller-coaster ride.”
“Roller-coasters make me throw up.”
– Virginia King, The First Lie
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
That it is the first book of the series is even more exciting to me.
Selkie Moon is the kind of girl that female readers will associate with in terms of her life in the ‘everyday’, but unraveling a connection with something a little supernatural or folk lore-ish makes her journey of self discovery all the more enticing.
The detail of research incorporated into this book in terms of psychology and mythology makes the mystery of Selkie’s stalker all the more thrilling and engaging.
Perhaps an amateur female sleuth isn’t the most original idea, but Selkie is one of a kind and the nature of blended genres makes this creative story (and hopefully the series) quite unique.
Possibly aimed more at female readers, it’s hard not to like this book and also find yourself picking up tidbits of information to spark the imagination as the world of Selkie Moon goes far beyond the norm. It isn’t just the mystery that compels you to read it, but being introduced in depth to a heroine that I hope to see more of in the very near future.
Any lover of literature will appreciate how singularly spectacular this book is.
Selkie herself is quite a character - almost believable almost all of the time! The author leads her readers on a tour of countries, cultures, legends and myths unpacking, along the way, some of the complex psychological motivations behind the way we are and the choices we make.
Ultimately it was this part of the novel I connected with the most - since I have a keen interest in psychology. Though cloaked in a mystical and paranormal narrative, this author does a good job of analysing and unraveling the complex web of motivations and desires which drive us in our day to day lives. We get an in-depth look at everything from parent/child relationships to the reasons why people commit to marriage relationships - not always as simple as 'being in love'.
Given that it's a difficult book to pidgeon-hole, it will not appeal to all readers but I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got past the first chapter and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a book that's difficult to put down.
Selkie Moon is a regular woman who has regular problems – she obsesses over a bad haircut, fumes at the controlling ways of her stepmother, and craves for a happier life. She walks out of an emotionally abusive marriage to set up her own company. Things go well initially but soon Selkie runs into a stalker only she can see.
The plot thickens when she discovers that there’s more to her identity and existence than she previously thought. As she comes to terms with who she really is, Selkie begins to embrace her ancestry and heritage.
Dramatic and unpredictable, this is a must read for those who enjoy paranormal suspense.