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Dark Lie

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  168 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In this gripping psychological thriller--smart, chilling, and unrelenting--Nancy Springer establishes herself as an exciting new suspense writer with a distinctive voice and some surprises up her sleeve... To their neighbors, Dorrie and Sam Whiteare a contented couple in America’s heartland, with steady jobs, a suburban home, and plenty of community activities to keep them ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by NAL
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Paul Pessolano
Oct 12, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“Dark Lie” by Nancy Springer, published by New American Library.

Category – Fiction/Literature

I had a terrible time trying to categorize this book. It has a little of just about everything in it, mystery, romance, horror, and religion.

Candor Verity Birch fell madly in love in high school. Although coming from very strict religious parents, she had an affair with Blake Roman and became pregnant. Candor’s family left town with her and upon her baby’s birth placed it for adoption.

Years later, Candor
Dec 05, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
This was a real roller coaster of a book! I have to say that I could NOT stop thinking about this book once I started reading it. Nancy has crafted a tight plot that has you running on all cylinders! A MUST READ for anyone who loves psychological suspense

Nancy Springer's first adult suspense novel tells the story of Dorrie, a middle aged woman suffering from lupus, who finds herself living in the same town as the daughter she was forced to give up for adoption by her strict religious parents as
I'm a little shocked that this novel was written by the same author who penned the beloved Enola Holmes series. Very little of this story would hold up under scrutiny and I like my fictions realistic. This is a huge miss for me.
Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 13, 2013 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing
Most people would think that this middle aged couple Dorrie and Sam White are the solid contented couple they appear in America’s heartland. And for the most part they would be correct. Sam hides a deep and loving devotion to his wife, never quite sure that it is enough for her and thinking every day a blessing she is home waiting for him. Dorrie, however, is living a lie - suffering from physical ailments, she lives for the comings and goings of a the sixteen year old daughter, Juliet whom she’ ...more
Renata Barcelos
Feb 09, 2016 Renata Barcelos rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I really loved Nancy Springer’s Drawn Into Darkness, so when I finished it I immediately searched for her other books to read another one of hers. She’s a prolific author who writes in many different genres and her only other thriller on Audible (as far as I could find) is this one. I liked it too, a lot, but certainly didn’t love it as much as Drawn Into Darkness.

I think it’s mostly because the 2 stories are really similar. There is a central structure that follows both and the main characters
Nicole Bonia
Oct 14, 2012 Nicole Bonia rated it really liked it
Dark Lie is a quick read mixing elements of mystery, psychological suspense, and religious fanaticism. Springer's narrative seamlessly alternates through Dorrie's past and present while including the perspective of her husband Sam, and Sissy Chappell, a young black police woman and handwriting expert, who is the only one realizing just how much trouble Dorrie and her daughter are facing. The horror of Dorrie's story is a convincing one in Springer's capable hands, and the result a startling page ...more
Dana Myers
Jan 24, 2017 Dana Myers rated it it was amazing
Jan 17, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
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Dorrie has a secret. She hasn't told her husband, and has even buried it from herself. But when she witnesses a teenage girl getting kidnapped, she surprises herself and launches into action.

Dorrie is not your usual heroine. Middle aged and battling Lupus, she is an interesting main character. She is overweight and is in almost constant pain or stiffness. She is also extraordinarily subservient. Her parents are the couple from the American Go
Cassandra Shepherd
Jan 15, 2016 Cassandra Shepherd rated it it was ok
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Nov 06, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-real-shelf
This book was thrilling, suspenseful and I could not put it down! So why only three stars you ask? Well... There were so many plot holes that I really had to completely turn my brain off and not question anything. The police were so ridiculously incompetent that I often found my self wondering how any of this could even be remotely possible. The answer is, it isn't. Not even a little bit. There is no way that the police and FBI would know a suspect/missing person by their nickname and not have a ...more
Jenny Crowley
Aug 13, 2014 Jenny Crowley rated it really liked it
It is a surprising novel and a good read. I had never read Nancy Springer before this book. I met her at the Tallahassee Writers Conference and bought her book, because she impressed me as a fascinating person. Her sense of humor is evident throughout Dark Lie. The protagonist is a lupus-affected middle aged woman with many problems. Talk about unforgiving parents! It is amazing this poor woman has any ego after being brought up by two ultra religious freaks. The plot is plausible and the main c ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not generally a super-speedy reader, but this novel had me turning the pages so quickly that I finished it in a day. The characters are the strongest aspect--Dorrie, an unremarkable, small-town woman suffering from lupus, is an unlikely and complex heroine with whom the reader can easily relate. Each of the other characters is written well, too. In the end, this novel serves as a kidnapping thriller, but also as a gripping tale of a weak, mild woman's determinatio ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Riley rated it it was amazing
I loved that a good crime & family-drama mystery used handwriting analysis in the plot. As a student of graphology, I can relate to the scepticism shown it, especially in the U.S. While no full-blown handwriting analysis was done, the amateur graphologist in the story uses several of the things she's learned about it.
I feel for the protagonist in this book, as I had a close friend die of Systemic Lupus in middle age. Sometimes there seemed a little too-much coincidence in the plot, but ov
Jun 07, 2013 Peggy rated it liked it
I thought this was an enjoyable, satisfying mystery. Although I'm not sure how plausible the story was I guess it would be possible. This would make a good TV movie. When thinking back on the story it's amazing how multi layered it was.
Jessica Vaccarino
Apr 27, 2015 Jessica Vaccarino rated it it was amazing
First of all, I found this book at a dollar store and after reading it I can firmly say I believe it should not have been there. This book is sincerely amazing! If you haven't read it then shame on you!
Jan 14, 2013 Patti rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book so much more, but it just kinda fell flat for me.

Seemed a little too coincidental and certain plot points just didn't make sense.
Feb 10, 2013 Daniellegn rated it really liked it
Excellent book with a lot of layers to it. Some parts were a little simplistic/ obvious, but it still kept me on the edge of my seat start to finish.
Lisa Murray
May 19, 2014 Lisa Murray rated it really liked it
Don't pick this up one night before you go to bed. I did, and 3 hours later I was left breathless as I finished reading. This book is definitely not going to lull you to sleep.
Feb 13, 2013 Alicia rated it really liked it
This is quite a page turner, but the aspect of this novel that endears it to the reader most is the author's ability to capture the voice of her protagonist. Well done, Ms. Springer!
Apr 09, 2016 Virginia rated it really liked it
Really liked it. That was 4 books ago, so can't remember details. I look forward to reading this author's fiction again.
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