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KINDLE Ý Believing the Lie â Elizabeth George

Believing the LieOn delve for information from the rest of the family including the victim's bitter ex wife and the man he left her for and Bernard himself As the investigation escalates the Fairclough family's veneer cracks with deception and self delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim the troubled son Ian left behin Oh let me count the ways I loathe this book I generally love the series count me as someone still missing Helen but still love the series I like Lynley I like the supporting characters I like the attention to geography in each of the books But the series seems to be spiraling out of control since Helen's death And in this book there's just so very much not to like For starters the mystery at the center of the book seems completely anticlimatic Turns out there's not much of a mystery here just a lot of exploring of lies in the lives of various characters OK Good to have a theme But here the lies are threaded through so many different overly dramatic stories that the plot would be better suited to a soap opera And for all the research that went into the geography of the book there was apparently very little research into some of the plot devices Sexuality is consistently a problem here all the gay characters end up miserable There's a very creepy child pornography subplot that's completely unnecessary to the main plot and is rooted in no understanding of teen sexuality that I've ever seen There's a conflation of transgender identitygay identitycross dressing Simon the rational scientist appears to have read no literature on adoption Deborah increasingly whingy and self absorbed behaves abominably and is excused for this behavior by others It's awful

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Orah St James the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets lies and motivesDeborah's investigation of the prime suspect Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas a recovering drug addict leads her to Nicholas's wife a woman with whom she feels a kinship a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful Lynley and Sim UghThis is a phenomenally disappointing book Technically George is a great writer; but she used to marry that technical skill with interesting and believable plots and characters Now her strong writing style just emphasizes the many and glaring plot holes inconsistencies imbecilities and out of character actions that make up the storyIn order to fully explain my disgust I have to reveal spoilers because so much of the offensive content is concentrated in the last uarter of the book For those who don't want to read any spoilers be prepared for George to ask you to excuse Deborah's unjustified unreasonable and invasive behavior and the horrific conseuences because Simon and Lynley do so and the idea that Lynley would respond as he does in this book contradicts what we learned about him in the very first novel of this series A Great Deliverance Be prepared for Lynley to continue to be selfish when it comes to his interactions with Havers and for Havers to continue to put Lynley's interests before her own I could accept that pattern in the initial aftermath of Helen's death when Lynley is understandably immersed in grief but 8 months out I expect him to remember that Havers and he are partners and she's not his devoted servant though that dynamic is increasingly played out between them Be prepared for George to write a family so dysfunctional that almost everyone in it is prepared to sacrifice the happinesswell being of another member in order to protect hisher own interests spoilers aheadI share many reviewers' objections to the way that George portrays the sexual minorities in the book the bizarre child pornography leading to suicide as murder story and the unbelievable happy ending to that plot Lynley's out of character and icky relationship with Isabelle Ardery who becomes somehow even unlikeable and Deborah's horrific conduct and the offensive absolution that she receives from Tommy and Simon I'd like to focus on two other issues one concerning the unbelievably contrived reason for Lynley's investigation and the other concerning Lynley's conduct towards Havers and his absolution of Deborah and the implications for his characterThe major problem with the book's plot isn't that there is in fact no murder at the heart of it It's that the wealthy mother of a recovering meth addict who apparently is worried about his potential for relapse would manipulate her unfaithful husband into getting Scotland Yard to covertly investigate an accidental death by implicating the known to be innocent son in order to expose said unfaithful husband's lies I think George expects us to be sympathetic to this 67 year old mother who is betrayed by her husband and one of her daughters But this same mother already knows about her husband's infidelity and its result before the book even starts She just wants to expose and using her words humiliate him in front of his family So instead of hiring a private investigator to expose the man that she plans to condemn before ultimately taking him back she waits for the accidental death of that husband's nephew a death she knows is accidental and then initiates a convoluted plan to get an unofficial official investigation all the while using her supposed doubt's about her own child's innocence as an excuse Any sympathy I would have otherwise have for this character dissolves into loathing over the callous disregard for her son all the while claiming of course that she never meant to hurt him Really son I don't think you're a murderer I just wanted Scotland Yard to think that so that someone could expose your father's double lifeOh and no one from Scotland Yard even suggests to her that this was an inappropriate use of limited police resourcesI could have gotten by that plot point however if George didn't continue to assassinate Lynley's character and the Lynley Havers' relationship One of the most infuriating things about this book and the previous ones is that Tommy pays attention to the needs and concerns of virtual strangers that idiotic potential love interest from Careless in Red and now Isabelle Ardery then he does to his long term partner's even though that partner has been unfailingly loyal and did in fact save his life So Lynley doesn't even notice that Barbara's teeth have been fixed though he certainly noticed their poor condition when he first met her He provides no support to her in connection with Ardery's suggestions that Barbara get a makeover not even the support of saying that she looks goodAnd then he asks Havers to do a lot of investigation when he knows that he has no authority to ask for her help and that her help could get her in trouble with Ardery Tommy knows that Barbara will help even if it gets her in trouble which of course it does But does he show her any of the same loyalty? No He takes no steps to protect Barbara from Ardery until it's too little and too late And when Barbara calls him at the end of the book with a legitimate crisis of her own he can't step away from his roller derby watching and really are you kidding us George? long enough to find out what she needs or why she's callingFinally there's Tommy's reaction to Deborah Deborah spends most of the book focused on someone who is never identified as a suspect all because Deborah found a fertility magazine in the person's home Deborah's relentless pursuit continues past all reason and sense including the certain conclusion of her forensics expert husband that no crime was committed and Tommy's own judgment that Altaea's fertility issues aren't a factor in the investigation because Deborah is still obsessing over her own fertility problems So she continues a ridiculous charade as a Met sergeant and hounds a woman to death And when she finally evinces some introspection that she's behaved abominably Lynley rushes in to assure her that Altaea's death wasn't her fault but the result of the secrets and lies Altaea carried He then smiles fondly at Deborah and drives her home Well justified if way too late crisis of conscience possibly leading to a less selfish and histrionic outlook successfully averted Contrast this with Lynley's reaction in A Great Deliverance when Havers runs away with her assumptions about the victim's eldest daughter and ends up alienating and traumatizing the daughter who has vital information that will help Lynley solve the case Lynley blames Havers and makes it clear that he doesn't trust her or her judgment But for all that Havers messes up her actions don't result in death and the witness is able to eventually provide the necessary information So is it just red headed neurotics that Lynley used to sleep with who get to act on wild assumptions and hound people to death?I used to wonder why Lynley ever wanted to marry Deborah and why he continues to trust her judgment Given the recent character assassination I'm beginning to feel that Lynley and Deborah should get together so that they can feed each other's egos and Simon and Havers can start a private detective business based on mutual respect and friendship what I once thought Havers and Lynley hadUgh

KINDLE Believing the Lie

MOBI Ä DOC Believing the Lie 9780525952589 ê RANDARENEWABLES í Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the reuest of the man's uncle the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough The death has been ruled an accidental drowning and nothing onInspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the reuest of the man's uncle the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough The death has been ruled an accidental drowning and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deb George is an infuriating writer When she's good she's very good but she has a tendency to go overboard in her plots descriptions extraneous characters etc So where did this one fall? Well for 12 to 34s of the book I was hooked enjoying the world getting to know the characters waiting for the mystery Then the last 14 made be want to hurl the book into the wallWhy you ask? Well here's why spoilers aheadFirst there was no actual mystery The ostensible crime was an accident and a convenient excuse to use Lynley to smoke out other lesser crimes among a family O how George loves her some dysfunctional families Secondly this book had a few too many extra plots and characters which in the end had little effect on the book and took away valuable time from the main thrust of the story and were irritating to boot Among the plots and characters that could easily have gone Zed the hapless reporter and his travails Kaveh Ian's lover Ian's children Tim Gracie Especially Tim George includes a bizarre disgusting side plot for confused hurting messed up Tim who not only physically attacks his aunt damages his sister's prized possession and convinces a pedophiliac photographer and film maker to use him in a pornographic film SO THAT HE WILL THEN KILL HIM AFTERWARD WTF? I still don't uite understand the relevance of George having this poor boy suffer like this It added nothing to the story except gratuitous 'sex' that this could easily have done without Lastly Lynley involves Simon St James and his wife Deborah god help us I will admit I loath Deborah She's one of the most annoying characters ever she's all emotional flailing and sticking her nose where it doesn't belong and once again she makes a hash of things She is instrumental in throwing an unstable main character into a panic and fleeing her life thereby causing her to be killed Her relentless 'investigations' into this woman's life resulted in her death Both Lynley and St James told her to drop the investigation that there wasn't anything to investigate Instead of leaving the hell enough alone she has to be a stubborn know it all bitch and a woman dies and her family is ripped to shred She feels some guilt but both Lynley and Simon rush to disabuse her of that notion saying if this woman hadn't lived with secrets she wouldn't have feared Deborah and her uestions BULLSHIT But Deborah is never held accountable for her bumbling stupidity and I hope George kills her off Yeah the last fourth made me want to burn the damn bookThere were a few bright glimmers As always Havers brings the funny and the ending of the book would seem to indicate that the next installment will be Barbara heavy Also the gross and unpleasant affair between Lynley and Superintendent Ardry is over hooray Also she didn't figure much into the book Hopefully she'll get demoted transferred or killed off and we can all move on Despite my uibbles George is still a very good writer her prose was nice and tight this time out and she does often create compelling character portraits that keep you interested and turning the pages If only she could find the right mix of character study description action and plot and then we'd all be happy