Sunday, 4 February 2018

Once Upon a Lie (Maeve Conlon #1) by Maggie Barbieri

Maeve Conlon's life is coming apart at the seams. Her bakery is barely making ends meet, and one of her daughters spends as much time grounded as the other does studying. Her ex-husband has a new wife, a new baby, and a look of pity for Maeve that's absolutely infuriating. Her father insists he's still independent, but he's slowly and obviously succumbing to Alzheimer's. And now, her cousin Sean Donovan has been found dead, sitting in his car in a public park, shot through the head.

There was never much love lost between Maeve and Sean and she's not exactly devastated by his death, but suddenly the police are poking around asking the family questions. It's just one more hassle Maeve doesn't have time for, until she realizes that her father, whose memory and judgment are unreliable at best, is a suspect in the murder. Maeve is determined to clear his name, but is she prepared to cope with the dark memories and long-hidden secrets that doing so might dredge up?

Maggie Barbieri will mesmerize readers with Once Upon a Lie, a gripping novel about family, justice, and the choices we make that define who we are.

I would like to Maggie Barbieri for writing this story. It was absolutely mesmerizing and made me listen/read to the end. 

I've been mesmerized in reading about the way a woman who's got a lot on her plate (her dad has dementia, 1 of her daughter's is going off the rails, her ex husband isn't listening to her and her bakery is looking like it's going down hill). Her cousin has been shot in the head in a public car park. Who shot him, why are the police blaming Maeve's dad? Did he kill his own nephew or is he is being framed for a murder he didn't do?

You need to read this compelling and psychological murder story and see what happened to Sean Donovan.

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