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Pieces of a Lie by [Holloway, Rowena]
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Crime runs in her family... or does it?
A gripping psychological thriller set in Australia
Mina Everton’s search for her criminal father draws her into the sinister underbelly of the suburbs. The closer she gets to her father, the more she’s pulled into the dangerous world of Slab Carlson.
When a series of home invasions end in the brutal murder of a pensioner, disgraced Detective Lincoln Drummond is determined to solve the case and redeem himself. But when his investigation leads him to Mina Everton, the daughter of an embezzler, Drummond faces his toughest case yet. Because Mina gets to him in ways no prime suspect ever should.
When a second murder occurs, Linc must decide what he values most and Mina must choose between destroying herself or Detective Lincoln Drummond, the only man who believes in her.

Praise for Pieces of a Lie
An incredibly strong debut from author Rowena Holloway, and a sure sign of great things to come. —Rachel Amphlett, author of Dan Taylor Thrillers
The suspense starts quickly and I was ready for the ride… twists, turns and a few surprises which kept my head firmly in the book until the last page.—Duffy the Writer
An atmosphere of dark menace… combines noir with romantic suspense and does it solidly. —WriteNoteReviews
A breathless slalom of hair-pin turns and never-saw-'em-coming surprises. —Diane Hester, author of Run to Me
A well-constructed and complicated story... drew me in from the very first page. —Geraldine Evans, author of the Rafferty and Lewellyn crime series
Entertaining, well plotted and with enough twists and turns to keep the reader in suspense. —Meredith Jaffe, books reviewer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5501 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994168802
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rowena Holloway -- Fractured Press (1 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NXGIWEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Set in small town Australia, the book starts when Mina, a troubled young woman, gets lost and visits a dusty junk shop off Australia’s beaten track. She finds something from her past that causes her to think of the father who abandoned her as a child. This object makes her future even more troubled than her past. It involves her in a series of suspicions, lies and dangers and brings her to the attention of a ruthless, sadistic gangster whose interest it would have been far better for her not to have caught. Although Mina feels threatened by the gangster and his thugs, she refuses to tell the police whom she regards as the enemy.

Mina, has come to hate the previously adored father who deserted her because he left town with a lot of other people’s money and she and her sick mother reaped the blame. Mina has a lot of hate in her heart also for the law, so when a Sydney detective comes to her town to investigate a string of burglaries and gives her the impression that, given her father’s track record, he considers her a suspect, she finds another target to loathe. But she discovers that he isn’t easy to hate.

What follows involves stolen artefacts, murder, secrets, lies and fake documents of provenance, as well as some important discoveries about her father that causes her to look at him in a new light.

I enjoyed this book and although I found the romantic element a little light, the characters were well-drawn and believable. Interesting, too, to learn a little more about Australia. This is a well-constructed and complicated story and the author clearly must have done a lot of research in order to make it so. It drew me in from the very first page as I was curious to learn more about this troubled young woman. Rowena Holloway is a talented author. Recommended. Four Stars.
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Incredibly thrilling all the way through. One of the best books I've read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story, well told. 27 October 2014
By Geraldine Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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Set in small town Australia, the book starts when Mina, a troubled young woman, gets lost and visits a dusty junk shop off Australia’s beaten track. She finds something from her past that causes her to think of the father who abandoned her as a child. This object makes her future even more troubled than her past. It involves her in a series of suspicions, lies and dangers and brings her to the attention of a ruthless, sadistic gangster whose interest it would have been far better for her not to have caught. Although Mina feels threatened by the gangster and his thugs, she refuses to tell the police whom she regards as the enemy.

Mina, has come to hate the previously adored father who deserted her because he left town with a lot of other people’s money and she and her sick mother reaped the blame. Mina has a lot of hate in her heart also for the law, so when a Sydney detective comes to her town to investigate a string of burglaries and gives her the impression that, given her father’s track record, he considers her a suspect, she finds another target to loathe. But she discovers that he isn’t easy to hate. What follows involves stolen artefacts, murder, secrets, lies and fake documents of provenance, as well as some important discoveries about her father that causes her to look at him in a new light.

I enjoyed this book and although I found the romantic element a little light, the characters were well-drawn and believable. Interesting, too, to learn a little more about Australia. This is a well-constructed and complicated story and the author clearly must have done a lot of research in order to make it so. It drew me in from the very first page as I was curious to learn more about this troubled young woman. Rowena Holloway is a talented author. Recommended. Four Stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one that is best not read while one is alone in semi-darkness 16 November 2014
By Kathryn's Inbox - Published on Amazon.com
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Adelaide author Rowena Holloway's debut crime novel is a tale that comes with a very macabre twist ... one that is best not read while one is alone in semi-darkness. Mina Everton is a young woman who has suffered some tough blows in her short life--first she was deserted by her criminal father and then her beloved mother died after a long illness. An outcast in her home town, she gets by collecting and selling antiques, a job that eventually brings her to into contact with the criminal underworld and Detective Lincoln Drummond, a man with troubles of his own ...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Pieces of a Lie. Although some parts of the story early on felt a little slow, the story soon gained momentum and the last hundred pages were a real roller coaster ride with lost of surprising twists and turns, including one very macabre discovery that I was not expecting. It is difficult to go into detail with this one without giving too much away, though I will say that Mina is an interesting heroine--Mina is nobody's fool, though she can often find herself in dangerous situations. She may also be a perfect match for Linc, a strong willed but honest cop ... if only she could admit it. I loved the South Australian setting, the use of Australian slang and some of the descriptions of smaller, little known things about life here--it's not often that I read a book where the heroine is reading the same community newspaper that I get delivered to my doorstep every week.

A solid debut novel. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pieces all come together 25 October 2014
By Soggie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding debut novel with sustained tension that reaches a real crescendo where Mina is all alone fighting for her life. Most importantly the hero and heroine had strong, but flawed enough personalities for me to find it easy to like and back them. Definitely read this book!

Mina has been ostracised because of her father’s actions and no matter how valiantly she struggles, she can’t crawl from beneath his shadow. She is pushed into situations that are out of her comfort zone, and yet she forges forward — pigheadedly in most cases. Linc is a career cop who has had his life turned inside out after shooting an offender. His penance is to work interstate, where he’s unwelcome and under resourced, but he’s determined to redeem himself. Being attracted to his key suspect is a complication he refuses to allow to hinder his end game.

A spate of seemingly random antiques robberies turn ugly and a web of egotism, greed and muscle wraps itself around a colourful collection of townsfolk. There are twists, turns, misconceptions and terror under every slimy rock. The story is packed with multi-faceted characters, some who made my skin crawl and others who were pathetic enough to make me feel sorry for them, there were supportive friends with their own agendas, town gossips with vindictive streaks and a misogynistic cop. Add to this a truly disturbing psychopath with a perverse hobby, and a dog with an almost ethereal element, and it was bound to be a free-for-all!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 12 November 2014
By Adele H - Published on Amazon.com
This outstanding debut novel from Rowena Holloway is an action-filled tale involving a charming, complex young heroine who accidentally finds an old watch from her past--and is launched into an adventure involving thugs, robbery, greed and redemption.

I can't wait for her next novel.
3.0 out of 5 stars one for for readers comfortable with a romantic tension device, and happy if their baddies are barking mad into the bargain 9 July 2015
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This debut novel is set in small town South Australia, using many of the up and downsides of living in small communities as devices throughout the novel. Protagonist Mina Everton has lived in this town all her life, she knows everybody, and everyone knows her, and her family. Which made life very difficult when her father, a man with a criminal past, abandoned Mina and her desperately ill mother. It's bad enough that the man she adored did a runner like that, but because he swindled a lot of money from a lot of locals, many residents have treated them with some suspicion since. Particularly as the now grown up Everton is trying to set herself up as an antique dealer, at the same time that a series of antique thefts start to build up.

Everton's discovery of her father's much loved watch in a pile of odds and ends in a second-hand / junk shop run by two very sinister characters adds flames to the hint of smoke that's been around for a while - that her father has returned to town and, by connection, she's high on the suspect list for the thefts. Particularly in the mind of the sexy Police Detective with a past of his own, parachuted into town to solve the robbery.

As you can well imagine, come the clash of personalities between Everton and Drummond, there some predictability. He's gorgeous; she's gorgeous and prickly, and of course she hates him on sight. Of course there's complications, of course there is going to be that simmering question - will they / won't they / when? Along the way there's quite a bit of fem-jep and considerable lurking of baddies, who threaten, break into her house, and generally loom around in the background being run by a local bloke who is vicious and madder than bad.

There's obviously been an attempt here to combine something with some sense of darkness - the madness of the central bad guy, and question marks over Everton's own sanity; with the romantic suspense styling of the relationship between the two main characters. Personal preference is probably going to dictate whether or not the balance has been successful, and even whether the attempt is a worthwhile undertaking in the first place. The use of the setting of a small town in which to locate this clash does present some challenges with disbelief, the amount of unnoticed / uncommented on surveillance, for example, didn't quite ring true.

PIECES OF A LIE has a very complicated plot at it's heart. Right from the beginning there is obviously something very odd going on in this small town, and the crimes, possible suspects, and motivations are complicated. The author uses a slow drip feed methodology to let the details of Everton's family background, her working and friend relationships with high-profile town dwellers, and background to the thefts. Elegantly done in some places, because everything is released via this method, there are also points at which it can feel overly manipulative - a bit like playing games with readers.

A debut that shows promise in terms of the sense of place, and the best and worst of life in small towns, PIECES OF A LIE is one for for readers comfortable with a romantic tension device, and happy if their baddies are barking mad into the bargain.

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