November 2013/ ISBN 9781432827311
Mystery / Suspense / Thriller / Adventure
by Leslie C. Halpern
| This intriguing mystery-suspense
novel contrasts the lives of two vastly different characters:
a lonely teenager trapped by poverty and desperation in an abusive
relationship, and a financially stable older woman with two
children and a loving husband. A violent crime unexpectedly
brings their lives together over and over again until the similarities
of the two women become apparent.
Action starts immediately, and the tragic event that brings
together Chloe and Diana takes place in the first chapter. Chloe’s
boyfriend, Trace, shoots two men in a botched robbery attempt
at a convenience store. Diana’s husband, Roy, a successful
District Attorney, now lies comatose in the hospital. He appears
to be an innocent victim who happened to be in the wrong place
at the wrong time. Or was he somehow involved with Trace and
the clerk who happened to be in the store that night?
Incriminating information surfaces about the husband Diana thought
she knew, and she begins to doubt whether anything she ever
experienced with him was real. As she and her children struggle
with loss and betrayal, Diana and Chloe develop a relationship,
although only Chloe knows of the terrible link between the two
women. Meanwhile, Joel, a young reporter hoping for a scoop,
makes a connection between a 20-year-old murder case with a
missing suspect, and the deceased DA. When Joel shows up at
Diana’s doorstep, he serves as the catalyst for helping
her make sense of conflicting information. In an evolving interconnectedness,
Diana, Chloe, and Joel help each other with personal and professional
needs in a logical and satisfying culmination of events.
Best-selling author Jonnie Jacobs throws in surprising plot
twists just when readers think they have everything figured
out. Through careful plotting, multi-dimensional characters,
lively dialogue, and an engaging writing style, Lying With
Strangers provides a riveting story that will keep readers
in suspense until the very end.
Leslie C. Halpern is the author of Passionate About Their
Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity,
Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children's Poems About
Self-Image, and Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny
Children's Poems About Table Manners.