Only One Lie
by Audrey J. Cole
GENRE: Historical Mystery
the author of The Pilot's Daughter and The Final Hunt comes a thrilling,
suspense-driven mystery set in World War II-era Seattle.
Seattle, 1942. News of the war is interrupted by the kidnapping of young Max Ellis, heir to the wealthiest banking family on the west coast. When the boy's parents comply with the ransom demands, the kidnapper is found dead and their son remains missing. For newlywed Vera Chandler, the story hits close to home-her husband Hugh is just six months into his job as the Ellis's private pilot.
Within days, Hugh is deployed to the Pacific as a navy pilot, while Vera's flying instructor and best friend joins the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Left alone, her parents' words haunt her: If you really wanted to serve your country, you wouldn't have dropped out of nursing school.
In an exchange for a favor Vera can't refuse, she is pulled into the Ellis family affairs by the desperate mother of the missing child. The Ellis family, Vera learns firsthand, is as dangerous as they are rich. Soon, she is in a race to save the child's life, and it could be the only way she can save her own.
Priscilla put her hand on the wool trousers covering the limp legs of the man she had tripped over. She shook the pants leg, but there was no movement. She heard Vincent’s footsteps flying up the path.
“Max!” she yelled out again.
Her cry was met with nothing but silence. The light from Vincent’s flashlight illuminated the body next to her when he reached her side. Priscilla shrieked and jumped to her feet. She impulsively took her husband’s arm and stared down at the man.
“Oh, no! Oh, dear God! This can’t be happening!”
A bullet hole marked the middle of the blond man’s forehead. Blood and brain matter speckled with gunpowder seeped into his hairline. Another bullet had pierced his chest just below his neck. A deep red stain flowed beneath the collar of his shirt. His blank eyes stared at her.
Vincent aimed his flashlight around the surrounding park as Priscilla continued to call out for their son. But there was no movement and no response.
“I know this man!” Vincent pointed to the bloodied corpse. “It’s Howard Mills—the man Rex fired for stealing! The guy we called the police on!”
Only three weeks ago, this same man had appeared at their home like a raging maniac, banging on their front door and complaining that Rex had unfairly fired him.
“I remember—but Vincent!” She gripped the sleeves of his overcoat and spun him toward her.
“Where’s our son?”
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Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a USA Today bestselling author of thrillers set in Seattle. Audrey J. Cole is a USA TODAY bestselling thriller author. Before writing full time, she worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse for eleven years. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.
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I have read and enjoyed previous books from the talented author Audrey J Cole. I was excited to get my hands on her newest release, Only One Lie. I was far from being disappointed. It is now my new favorite that I have read by her to date. I admired Vera’s bravery and determination all throughout the book. The story is full of action, danger, thrills and history. I loved every single page that kept me engaged and intrigued from start to finish. It was a great read and should not be missed.
I am giving Only One Lie five stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical suspense, particularly set during the World War II era. I can not wait to read more books from Audrey J Cole in the future.
I received a digital copy of Only One Lie from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.