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ACROSS TWO EXTRAORDINARY WORLDS, TRUTH IS THE DEADLIEST MAGIC
Gifted with an uncanny intuition, Lara Jansen nonetheless thinks there is nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What's more, Dafydd ap Caerwyn claims that Lara is a truthseeker,
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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new_user
Oct 23, 2011 new_user rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Warprize
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Made-for-TV movie? C.E. Murphy's Truthseeker reads like one, only with no action and cleaner. Yeah. Hot stuff, huh? Does that hit the spot? Then you'll like Truthseeker.

Our very clean-- er, I can't say drama because I didn't see drama either. NU stamps this product safe for feeble medicated hearts and impressionable young minds. I hate to spoil, but tailor-heroine Lara Jansen remains well-adjusted and safe throughout the book, experiencing only a few near gasp-inducing moments when giant bats at
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Sabrina
Dec 17, 2015 Sabrina marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 24%

Life is too short to waste time on something I don't like (and there are so many good books to read).
To sum up my grievances with this one:

— It reads like it was written by a 90 years old lady: all the characters' personalities, mannerisms, language patterns and general behaviors are so very OLD. And boring.

— People in their twenties, at parties and other fun situations, interact with each other using courtesy titles and courtesy forms (do you call it that in english?).
I don't necessari
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Jilly
May 17, 2015 Jilly rated it did not like it
DNF
This book is f*ing terrible! I just read a torturously bad book. I'm not doing it again. The dialogue in this book is the most stilted, ridiculous, unbelievable, idiotic bullshit I have ever read. The storyline is stupid. The "romance" is boring and fake. The main character, Lara, has the personality of a shovel. A dull, unfunny shovel.
Other than that, I liked it.
Paradoxical
I rather liked the first half more than the second half. The second half was more of a mess, not nearly as clean and enjoyable as the first half, though not all that bad overall. Lara is a charming main character with understandable quirks, and I loved that about her--how literal she took things, how truth sounded to her and how dishonesty grated on her so. The relationship between her and Daffyd left me a bit cold. It was interesting in the start, but the relationship seemed more forced later o ...more
Cindy (eclecticfirefly)
Jul 22, 2011 Cindy (eclecticfirefly) rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

Lara starts out as someone who tries to fade into the background. She limits her interactions with other people because the half-truths and polite lies we all use make her very uncomfortable. She does have a good friend, Kelly, who seems to understand (at least to some degree) how Lara feels. Kelly often tries to get Lara to open up to others, especially men. She wants Lara to be happy.

Enter David Kirwen and Dickon Collins. David is a local weatherman and Dickon is his camerama
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Sandra
Jul 20, 2011 Sandra rated it it was ok
The 'romance' between the lead characters was just not believable. There was no sense of connection. She went on one date with him before he convinced her to go to fairyland with him at which point she spent about an hour in his company and they weren't alone. Daffyd was quite also boring with very little personality. I thought Lara had more of a connection with Ioan, who also seemed the more interesting character - which is a shame given he is only in the book for the equivalent of 2 half chapt ...more
Colleen
Jan 31, 2011 Colleen rated it liked it
It's another first-of-the-series from C. E. Murphy, and given that I was expecting a spunky heroine to be dragged bass-akward through a pile of world-view-changing revelations, it did not disappoint.

Truthseeker moves a little too fast for the plot to gain much in the way of depth, and the action was explained away rather than explained. However, that speed is complimented by dialog that I found to be witty as well as wry. The four main characters are presented well, from the angles of descripti
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holly quigley
Jul 29, 2011 holly quigley rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
It took me a while to get through this book. Like all of my reviews, I won't bother with a summary, since you can read what the book is about by the blurb.

Ultimately, it's a compelling enough story that I do want to read the second book and find out how it all ends. I think the story itself is good. The problem is in the writing itself.

NOT that it's horrible, writing-wise. But there's apparently a romance here and I just don't feel it. Largely because I don't care about the heroine or the hero,
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Joletta
Oct 03, 2010 Joletta rated it really liked it
This book is worlds apart from Murphy's Walker Files. Having said that, I haven't put my nook in hibernate mode since I started. I keep picking this book up whenever I have a free moment. I'm not sure if I like Daffyd yet, but Lara (and her friend Kelly) make this book.

Okay, here is my brilliant (haha) opinion. Some of the characters in this book are...hesitant; they are still finding their footing and aren't quite as "fleshed-out" as I would like. Lara shows great potential to become a kick-ass
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David Fournier
C.E. Murphy has done it again. She has created a character you want as a friend (if not best friend). This book begins light hearted and everyday, with the main character Lara and her best friend Kelly, when they get together so the Kelly can by a used car without being lied to by the salesman. Because first and for most Lara can tell when people are lying. These two women have a very strong friendship that can stand up to anything.

Lara then meets David Kirwen, the local television station weath
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Annie
Mar 08, 2016 Annie rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, fantasy
After this book, my need for fantasy novels was abated. It had an intriguing idea: a heroine whose superpower is telling the truth. I especially like how she describes a well-made piece of clothing as truth made manifest.

Good idea, poor execution. I felt like I was being told about character development as opposed to it being developed naturally through the story. When done right, I can swallow a heroine coming out of her shell through adversity and throwing everything away for the love a man wh
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Rhonda
Sep 12, 2010 Rhonda rated it liked it
Okay, good book, but for goodness gracious, it's like half the story. Where is the end? Oh I guess we have to wait for Wayfinder. For future reference, I am not a fan of this cutting-a-book-in-half-so-we-can-sell-two-titles-and-get-more-money-out-of-it trend lately. Happened to me with another book earlier this year too. I don't mind series. I don't mind trilogies. I don't mind never ending sagas (okay, well, that may be an exaggeration), but c'mon people, don't start one story arc, get to what ...more
Maren
Aug 03, 2016 Maren rated it it was ok
As an avid fan of the Walker Papers series, I was pretty excited when I ran across another C. E. Murphy series while perusing the Overdrive Online Library app on my phone. Which perhaps makes the disappointment all the sharper... I simply could not make myself finish Truthseeker.

It's starts rather... abrupt? Yeah, we'll go with that - abrupt. "Yup, nice tidy logical and normal life you got here, you have an excellent eye for clothing and oh by the way magic is real, I'm a fairy and though you're
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Christie
Feb 12, 2016 Christie rated it did not like it
My issues with this book is that the summary promotes it as a magic/faerie/mystery but the first five chapters were romance. The first five chapters is Lara and her friend Kelly checking guys out and then going on a double date. It isn't until chapter 7 we see Dafydd talk to Lara about being a Truthseeker and he a faerie. So it took a while for to get to the reason I chose to read the book. Then when we get to the part about magic/faerie/murder case there is a lack of details. We don't get a des ...more
Margaret
Jul 11, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it

ACROSS TWO EXTRAORDINARY WORLDS, TRUTH IS THE DEADLIEST MAGIC

Gifted with an uncanny intuition, Lara Jansen nonetheless thinks there is nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What’s more, Dafydd ap Caerwyn claims that Lara is a truthseeker, a person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood. Dafydd begs Lara to help solve his brother’s murder

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Saleena Davidson
Jul 02, 2016 Saleena Davidson rated it really liked it
Lara can always tell when someone is lying, which as far as she's concerned, is a useless and annoying gift. Then she meets Dafydd (aka David) who is a Fae prince accused of murder. He needs her to clear his name and figure out what really happened. Lara is completely clueless about fairy tales and magic; but she's going to have to figure it out; and quickly.
I really enjoyed this story, though being an avid reader of anything Fae, I kept wanting to scream at Lara "why don't you know better?" ...
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Erica
Jun 18, 2016 Erica rated it it was ok
I'm a fan of C.E. Murphy's writing and her descriptions of how Lara, the Truthseeker, hears truth, lies, and everything in between doesn't disappoint. But I couldn't get behind Lara and Dafydd as having any sort of relationship beyond meeting, having a group dinner, then talking while helping a friend move. Her interactions with the other characters (Emyr, Aerin, Ioan, and Kelly) had much more depth. Also, I had trouble with the whole going from 'shy and not wanting to draw attention to oneself' ...more
Twiggy
Nov 11, 2012 Twiggy rated it really liked it
We are told at the outset of the book that The heroine Lara, has anodd ability to be ableto hear the truth of what is said to her and that any comment which is not exactly honest jars with her. Interestingly the author explores what this means in real terms for the heroine and she actually starts off as a rather odd and humourless character in that everything she says is totally literal - even common statements that people make in day to day society in order to be polite are difficult for Lara. ...more
Crystal
Nov 08, 2010 Crystal rated it it was ok
I really wish that I could give this book 2.5 stars. It has a very interesting premise and I like that it's a mixture of contemporary and fantasy but not urban fantasy per se. It is NOTHING like her Walker Files series, completely different.

I really wanted to love this book (I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale) and I actually had a very hard time finishing it. The main character didn't feel as "real" to me as Murphy's other heroines do. I just felt like she was kind of a cardboard character with
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Sep 06, 2011 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it
In Truthseeker, Lara Jensen's talent for detecting lies and half truths is exactly what Seelie Prince Dafydd ap Caerwyn has been searching for and despite her reluctance, Lara agrees to help Dafydd who is desperate to avenge his foster brother's death and prove his innocence in his murder. In the Barrowlands, Lara discovers that not only has Dafydd not been entirely truthful with her but she has stepped into the middle of a brewing civil war between the Seelie and UnSeelie. Someone is stirring u ...more
Chrissy Wissler
Jan 11, 2011 Chrissy Wissler rated it really liked it
"Truthseeker" is the latest book by C.E. Murphy, and while she continues to write in the urban fantasy setting, this book goes in a direction where none of her others have: into the Faerie world. Lara has always known the truth. She can hear the difference between truth and lies as songs and chiming music - either as beautiful or jarring chords. Even she has a hard time no telling the truth and sarcasm is nearly impossible as the music sets her teeth on edge. When she meets a mysterious man (a w ...more
Bron
Jun 24, 2012 Bron rated it liked it
Shelves: fae, urban-fantasy, wales
Imagine living in modern times and having to speak the truth all the time, imagine also getting really uncomfortable every time someone told an untruth, to Lara Jensen, each truth told was music to her ears, and each untruth caused bad vibrations. By carefully choosing her profession and friends, Lara had managed to iron out a lot of the disharmony and was successfully living with this problem. Until the day her best friend decides that Lara should meet the local weather reporter, a guy Lara lik ...more
Nafiza
Jul 25, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I believe Lara has got to be one of the most dour protagonists I have ever had the dubious pleasure of reading. I understand that there is a specific reason that she is portrayed the way she is, however, that does not mitigate the fact that Lara is just...not fun. I was tempted to stop reading but since I had spent money on my copy, I decided to persevere till the end and I am sort of glad I did since she does ease up by the end of the story. The story itself did not resonate with me as much as ...more
Debbie
Aug 14, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
Always being truthful is a good concept for most people, but Lara Jansen didn’t have a choice. Hearing lies when spoken was a bonus. Figuring out what the lie is was the tricky part. Knowing that David Kirwen was lying was one thing, then she finally knew the truth of who and what he was. Finding a truthseeker was what Dafydd ap Caerwyn (David) had wanted to do and now that he had one, convincing her to travel to his kingdom wasn’t going to be easy. As the Prince of Faerie, Dafydd needed to know ...more
Cris
I really loved the basic concept. I think Murphy did an excellent job of considering the ramifications of growing up knowing whenever someone was lying. Little touches, like (view spoiler) emphasized how different it would be to hear/feel lies.

Most of the characters, especially Lara and Kelly, were likable and I found the close friendship between the two ladies particularly appealing. On the other hand
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Margaret Fisk
Jul 08, 2015 Margaret Fisk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban, reviewed
C.E. Murphy has delighted me for years, and the Truthseeker world shows all the signs of doing the same. Certain elements are familiar enough from the Walker Papers series to make this right in Murphy s sweet spot while in other ways, Truthseeker takes a huge leap into the unknown. Like Joanne, Lara Jansen is unaware of the true extent of her abilities. Unlike Walker Papers, though, acceptance is not an issue, and the development of those abilities is quick and strong. Lara enters the story goin ...more
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it liked it
It's hard to review TRUTH SEEKER. C. E. Murphy is one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, and I adore her Walker Papers books. Therefore, in reading any of her other series, I can't help but compare them to the Walker Papers... and they inevitably fall short. This start to a new series feels flawed in a few ways, but at heart it's still a solid read.[return][return]Lara Jansen has always had an uncanny knack for sensing if someone tells the truth. Lies ring like discordant notes in her ears. T ...more
Barbara
Apr 19, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Truthseeker by C. E. Murphy is a unique tale of a woman with an incredible ability--to know the truth when she hears it. Lara hears the truth like music and a lie like horrible discord. She has always heard the difference and it has shaped her world such that she is practically incapable of telling a lie. She even has trouble with common sayings and harmless exaggeration, as both sound as lies to her. She lives a very simple life, surrounded by a few friends that understand her situation. Her jo ...more
Jackie
Aug 26, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I will start by saying I absolutely love the Walker Papers series, and I have read the 1st of the Negotiator Trilogy, and looking forward to the next 2, which I have in the TBR pile, so I started this book with anticipation.

I admit that at the beginning I was almost going to give up as I have so many books in the TBR pile and in my Kindle, but I decided to keep on with it. The basic story is that Lara, who lives in Boston and is quiet intense sort of person, is out with her friend Kelly, who is
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drey
Oct 19, 2010 drey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010-reads
Truthseeker is the latest offering from C.E. Murphy, and is part of a new duology filled with faeries, magic, time travel, and treachery.

Lara Jensen is a tailor who just happens to know when you tell the truth. You'd think that this is a handy thing to have, but it's just a pain in her you-know-what. After all, how much fun can it be to know when people aren't being honest with you?

Then she meets David, or Daffydd ap Caerwyn, a Seelie prince who's been searching for a Truthseeker for close to a
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C.E. Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories. She also writes "action-adventure romance" novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother's maiden name.
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