State of Lies

State of Lies

One woman is forced to question everything she knows in this domestic suspense novel from award-winning author Siri Mitchell.Georgie Brennan may be a world-class quantum physicist, but she grapples with life as a single mother after her husband is killed. When she receives a message from beyond the grave, it leads her to question the details of her husband’s death....

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  • Beth

    Smart and engaging suspense!

  • Carole

    State of Lies by Siri Mitchell starts off as a family drama and soon escalates to a mystery. Sean and Georgie Brennan are a happily-married young couple who are parenting their young school-age son. While running an errand, Sean falls victim to a hit-and-run driver and is killed instantly. Life as Georgie knew it changes forever: she is now a single parent to her fatherless son and her job as a quantum physicist is in jeopardy. Her parents offer to help while her father, a four-star general, is

    State of Lies by Siri Mitchell starts off as a family drama and soon escalates to a mystery. Sean and Georgie Brennan are a happily-married young couple who are parenting their young school-age son. While running an errand, Sean falls victim to a hit-and-run driver and is killed instantly. Life as Georgie knew it changes forever: she is now a single parent to her fatherless son and her job as a quantum physicist is in jeopardy. Her parents offer to help while her father, a four-star general, is about to be appointed secretary of defense. A few month's after Sean's death, Georgie comes into possession of his notebook which details names and codes she is unable to decipher. She then notices that she is being followed and fears that someone wants to kill her and her son. Soon, she can't tell her friends from her enemies. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller and you won't be able to identify the bad guys from the good. Highly recommended. Thank you to Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melanie

    State of Lies was amazing. I wasn't sure when I started the book, as the first chapter was a bit different from other Christian Fiction books (intimacy between a married couple), but it was tastefully written and the suspense got intense right after that!

    I wasn't completely shocked by the villain and what was going on (I pretty much saw it coming right away), but even still I was hooked and couldn't read fast enough. I just HAD to know if I was right and how things were all going to

    State of Lies was amazing. I wasn't sure when I started the book, as the first chapter was a bit different from other Christian Fiction books (intimacy between a married couple), but it was tastefully written and the suspense got intense right after that!

    I wasn't completely shocked by the villain and what was going on (I pretty much saw it coming right away), but even still I was hooked and couldn't read fast enough. I just HAD to know if I was right and how things were all going to end. It was an awesome ending and I loved how things turned out.

    All in all, I loved State of Lies and recommend it.

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  • Iola

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel by Siri Mitchell. Her first novels were contemporary Christian romance, and I enjoyed the writing and the humour. She then moved into Christian historical romance. I read a couple and enjoyed Flirtation Walk, but didn’t enjoy the other—I didn’t like the characters, and found the language bloated when compared with her contemporary reads. However, after reading the other reviews, I see mine was a minority opinion.

    I then read and enjoyed The Mi

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel by Siri Mitchell. Her first novels were contemporary Christian romance, and I enjoyed the writing and the humour. She then moved into Christian historical romance. I read a couple and enjoyed Flirtation Walk, but didn’t enjoy the other—I didn’t like the characters, and found the language bloated when compared with her contemporary reads. However, after reading the other reviews, I see mine was a minority opinion.

    I then read and enjoyed The Miracle Thief, the first of two general market historical novels released under the pen name of Iris Anthony. I thought it was a wonderful story, and was pleasantly surprised to find it actually had more Christian content than many of the Christian novels I read (and I’m not sure what it says about the publishing industry that the Christian publishers weren’t prepared to publish a novel featuring miracles, but a general market publisher was).

    And now Siri Michell is back, and writing in a fourth genre: romantic suspense.

    State of Lies is published by Thomas Nelson, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, and is like many current Thomas Nelson books: well-written with a great plot and characters, but no overt Christian content. Despite that, it’s a great read.

    Georgia Brennan is a physicist in Washington, DC. She’s married to Sean, a historian, is the mother of six-year-old Sam, and the daughter of a US Army general who might just be the next secretary of defence. Life is great.

    Sean is killed in a car accident on his way to pick up a part he needed to fix the kitchen sink.

    Months later, when Georgie goes to fix the sink, she realises Sean was lying. That starts Georgie following a trail of lies and leaves her questioning everything she knows to be true.

    The novel is Georgie’s story, written in first person point of view. She is an intelligent woman, which is something I always like to see in fiction. She is a strong character with a strong voice, a voice which drives the narration forward without slowing the pace.

    State of Lies is a brilliant thriller, with political and military links as befits the Washington DC setting. It’s well-written, with excellent characterisation, and just the right balance between red herrings and genuine clues … along with plenty of surprises. I like to be able to figure some things out when I read a thriller or suspense novel, but I also like to be wrong occasionally.

    I hope this is the first of many suspense novels from Siri Mitchell. Recommended for fans of the Criss Cross series by CC Warrens, and the If I Run trilogy by Terri Blackstock.

    Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  • DiAnn

    Incredible thriller, one of the finest I've read in a long time. Siri Mitchell's plotting took unpredictable up a notch, yet credibility reigned with a heavy dose of "what will happen next."

  • Olivia

    *I was given this book to read by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own*

    I was not expecting this story. Actually, compared to her historical fiction it has a completely different tone. It's a thriller and kept me reading. I finished it in just under 24 hours and then I thought, "Oh, I think I may be the first reviewer on Goodreads." Scaryy! hehe!

    From a general mystery stand-point this story has everything that should be in a my

    *I was given this book to read by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own*

    I was not expecting this story. Actually, compared to her historical fiction it has a completely different tone. It's a thriller and kept me reading. I finished it in just under 24 hours and then I thought, "Oh, I think I may be the first reviewer on Goodreads." Scaryy! hehe!

    From a general mystery stand-point this story has everything that should be in a mystery. A grabber beginning, a plot, and the clues that led to the end. I was absolutely blown away! While my face kept a blank stare reading this, my brain was screaming in shock.

    I liked Georgie's POV. It really gave a neat perspective and seeing her fears and emotions of everything came across as authentic. The patriotism and standing up for what is right really played a factor in the end, the realization that the choices we make DO matter.

    The content of this book I would rate lower. The first scene in the book was an awkward start and there are a couple more scenes that imply sex scenes between a married couple...It's not in explicit detail, but the details that are given made me feel a squirmy.

    There are several kisses exchanged by a married couple.

    Since I went into this book not expecting it to be under the Christian fiction genre, that missing factor in this book didn't completely shock me. Would I have appreciated it... yes, of course! All the Christianity talked about is Sam saying his prayers at night and some religious denominations mentioned that was part of the plot.

    Overall, I could rate this four stars because of how much I was held captive, although on average with the content coming into play, I would give it three stars. Recommended for adult readers.

  • Chautona Havig

    5 Interesting Truths about the State of Lies

    Whooeee! This is book is one wild ride! (hint: that’s the first truth!) The problem is, I have to be careful about what I say because it’s almost like literally every single thing in this book is a twist and a spoiler for the next.

    Told from the first-person point of view, after about the third or fourth chapter, I didn’t even notice anymore. Georgie got under your skin and made you root for her—faults, virtues, and all.

    Eac

    5 Interesting Truths about the State of Lies

    Whooeee! This is book is one wild ride! (hint: that’s the first truth!) The problem is, I have to be careful about what I say because it’s almost like literally every single thing in this book is a twist and a spoiler for the next.

    Told from the first-person point of view, after about the third or fourth chapter, I didn’t even notice anymore. Georgie got under your skin and made you root for her—faults, virtues, and all.

    Each character was so perfectly consistent that every nuance of the book made sense by the end. From childish malapropisms to personality quirks to absolute normalcies, the entire story unfolded bit by bit until you didn’t trust what you knew you knew.

    For what it’s worth, characterization was the second truth.

    She nailed every bit of it—even the lyin’, cheatin’, jerkface stuff. (Psst: that was number three!)

    As a military wife, Mitchell also nailed that military bit. Seriously, I live in a town full of navy people. I know what it’s like to live among them—to live with a man who works for the DoD. To have people ask me what my husband does, and when I give the nebulous answer I do, they say, “Well, he probably couldn’t tell you or he’d have to kill you.”

    People think that about this place. They’re both right and wrong.

    What Mitchell did so brilliantly in State of Lies is to take all the security and troublesome issues seriously without making them the overplayed “got your six” when someone’s following you down a hall like you’d see on military-show TV. Just sayin’. I’ve never ever heard a military person say that in casual conversation. Not once. Not saying it never gets said, but not like you hear on TV.

    And Mitchell… thank you for not cheapening your work with cliches and stereotypes that people expect. Bravo.

    The fourth truth you’ll find in State of Lies is that innocence isn’t an excuse for guilt.

    Yep, you read that right. Just because you didn’t know you did wrong doesn’t make that wrong okay. She shows this subtle spiritual lesson with such brilliant finesse that I’m still amazed by it.

    This is also a good time to point out my only real quibble with this book. Like most of Thomas Nelson’s books in the last eighteen months or so, the spiritual aspect has to be “discerned” rather than noticed, even. As much as I hate preachy books, I can honestly say that I think anyone without a Christian faith base would absolutely miss that this is from a Christian publisher.

    That makes me sad because as much as I don’t want a sermon rammed down my throat or disguised as a character or something, I really do want to be encouraged in my walk as a Christian when I read Christian fiction. Like I said, I really had to dig deep and pay attention to find it in here.

    On the flip side, she does something brilliant with sex inside marriage. Few authors handle it in a way that seems realistic and still clean. We see a healthy relationship without ever feeling like we’re intruding and yet not pretending it’s not a thing, either. It’s seriously the best I’ve ever seen.

    The fifth truth… is that God created so much more than we tend to give Him credit for.

    I’ve got a cool quote to back that up.

    Mitchell offers so many neat scientific facts presented in a way that makes you more interested in silly little things like quantum physics rather than bored by it all. Don’t believe me? Well, I bet you’ll never wish you could make time stand still again after you read this little nugget.

    People talk about black holes all the time. Even when they don’t know they’re doing it. Everyone who wishes they could stop time? The only point at which time ever stands still is at the edge of a black hole. Just before mass tips over the “edge” and is drawn into one, time freezes. If people knew that’s what their time stopping moment would be, they wouldn’t make that wish.”

    Yep. This is one fabulous book full of interesting facts so seamlessly woven into the story that you almost miss that it’s happened. It’s rich in character development, plot twists and turns, and amazing research. With careful attention to precise details and consistent character voice and growth,you just can’t go wrong!

    Loved State of Lies. I’m not sorry I requested and received the free review copy, but I am sorry I didn’t find more spiritual depth in the pages. Sigh.

  • Staci

    I loved that this was a unique suspense novel with many twists and turns. I didn't love who the villains turned out to be, but in real life we come across bad people that appear to be good.

  • Mandy White

    State of Lies by Siri Mitchell is the first book by this author that I have read. It was a quick, fun read although at times you really had to stretch your imagination. It was an enjoyable enough read but was just missing something for me.

    Georgie and her son are devasted when her husband Sean is killed in a car accident. Months later she learns that he had lied to her about where he was going. Combined with the missing computer and strange things starting o happen around her she decides to look

    State of Lies by Siri Mitchell is the first book by this author that I have read. It was a quick, fun read although at times you really had to stretch your imagination. It was an enjoyable enough read but was just missing something for me.

    Georgie and her son are devasted when her husband Sean is killed in a car accident. Months later she learns that he had lied to her about where he was going. Combined with the missing computer and strange things starting o happen around her she decides to look further into his death. She soon realises that she knew very little about who her husband was and wonders who she can really trust? Can she find out what really happened without putting herself and her son in danger?

    Thanks to Thomas Neilson and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  • Joan

    This novel could be right out of today's headlines. Conspiracy theorists will love the plot centered on political intrigue. It made me really think about how an adversary country might blackmail some political leaders and gain an influence in our government.

    I liked that the heroine, Georgie, is a physicist. Mitchell included some information about quantum physics, relativity, and other topics in physics and related it to the developing plot. I like to learn something when I read fict

    This novel could be right out of today's headlines. Conspiracy theorists will love the plot centered on political intrigue. It made me really think about how an adversary country might blackmail some political leaders and gain an influence in our government.

    I liked that the heroine, Georgie, is a physicist. Mitchell included some information about quantum physics, relativity, and other topics in physics and related it to the developing plot. I like to learn something when I read fiction and there was quite a bit about the U. S. involvement in Bosnia as well as the bits about physics.

    I could have done without the initial bedroom scene. Although PG rated, it was an odd way to start a novel like this. It didn't add anything to the story and I would have preferred it not be there. Also, while this is a very good political thriller, there was no Christian influence or message in it, even though it is published by a “Christian” publisher.

    This is a good novel for readers who like political thrillers where the future of the nation hangs on the work of an amateur uncovering the truth. It is well written and very interesting to think about with respect to current events.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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