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Deadly Lies

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,223 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather's cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill's made it-she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.

The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant-until one day a reporter lures her to hi
Paperback, 380 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 15th 2013)
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Su Srikanth
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I expected something out of this book and I got something else. The suspense that was created in Prologue about the character Jill was not given enough justice throughout the book. No doubt it was a fast read but there was something that went missing in the middle. And if you watch a lot of Hollywood or your regional movies, you will know the ending (completely expected).
Looking at many good reviews about this book, I bought it and sad that it didn't turn out as expected.
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deadly secrets.

Jill character will be hated by everyone, written and developed so good. Interesting subject, after reading the reviews knew the ending, but wanted to know how. Great suspenseful story.
Lynda Kelly
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
I got to 22% in this and packed it in. It's a rare thing (and I suppose quite clever to be able to provoke such feelings) to find a character I despised so much in Jill that I really couldn't care less what happened to her !! The part of the story featuring Alex, her husband, was really interesting but we spent too much time on her, unfortunately.
She lies and lies like it's second nature, she acts like a cheap tart all the time and clearly thinks she's god's gift to the male species !! Her ruden
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this for free off the giveaways page and the author sent a thank you card urging me to write a review. So the summary above doesn't start happening until about half way through the book. The first half is about Jill's drama with her lover and Alex is working on a missings person case for his ex-fiance. Now normally I am totally against cheating but in Jill's case I kind of feel for her because Alex doesn't really notice her. Then with Alex you want to scream at him to stay away from his ex ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's literally every bad TV crime drama trope in a book with a bonus deus ex machina ending.
Una Tiers
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The agenda of the author was disturbing. Still others may enjoy the writing.
The ending was a surprise.
Diamond Drake
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Jeannie Hudson
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
DEADLY LIES is a gripping suspense novel, very fast-paced with accelerating action. It would appear
that it was written with possible additional sequels in mind which is a good thing. With a very
strong protagonist, the story can certainly sustain several more books. I found Jill to be a rather
unsympathetic heroine at times and that would be my only real criticism. As her character develops, I
would like to see some growth in her outlook. Over all though, this is a good piece of fiction and I
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a bad thriller, if you can suspend your disbelief for some parts of it, the ending was not what I predicted either, worth reading just for that.
Scott Parsons
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel by Chris Patchell is a fast-paced, first-rate thriller. Meet Alex and Jill Shannon, detective and computer management guru, married but drifting apart. There are two story lines in this novel which seem unrelated but ultimately converge in a shattering conclusion.

When the novel begins Jill is commuting to Silicon Valley where she spends the week returning home on the weekends. Alex is immersed in his police detective work. Jill who is portrayed as a very strong-willed character
Susan Swiderski
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
How well do we really know the people we love? Police detective Alex Shannon thought he knew his wife Jill very well, but now he's not so sure. Something's changed. As a sexually abused teenager, Jill vowed to never be a victim again, so when abuse rears its ugly head again and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear, she has to do something to take control of her life again. The problem is, that "something" is far from legal. When the detective's investigation uncovers clues leading righ ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather's cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill's made it-she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.
The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant-until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview-and suddenly it all comes rushing back. Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, t
Rita Sheppard
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This has all the components of a mystery that will capture your attention and keep you reading -- office politics, adultery, kidnapping, date rape, and murder.

What makes a person turn evil? Background, past experiences, events that happen? Alex and Jill's marriage seems to be good but circumstances intercede that make it go so wrong.
How can someone start cold bloodedly killing people and justify it it? Is there a good reason or do they get caught up in the thrill of it?

I had a hard time putting
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Jill was young, her stepfather abused her, and Jill vowed to never be a victim again. Now she is married to a policeman and having an affair with her boss. When her boss ends the affair, Jill accidently causes his death which does not really bother Jill. I really enjoyed reading Deadly Lies. Jill becomes set on revenge against men who have wronged her and others. Fast paced and a thrill a minute!
Carol Peterson
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It kept me interested throughout. There were two different stories going on and I was interested in both and trying to figure out how they would be joined. This is what you want out of a good book. One that keeps you wanting to read the next page.
Alice Neilson
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I'm afraid I can't give the 5 stars like so many of the other reviewers did. The characters made such bad choices, and did such things I can't even imagine. But it was entertaining and kept you with it.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book is gripping suspense. Sometimes I had to just get up and walk away from it. Keeps you guessing right up to the end. I highly recommend.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I have so many mixed emotions on this story. I am torn between who should be left together and the outcome when the end comes. The ending is great but shocking, I still can’t help but think things could have been different if she could have gotten the help she needed. It is truly a shocking story of a young girl who was abused by the one who should have loved and taken care of her. The outcome of that story is very shocking, sad but you can’t feel remorse for the abuser. As that little girl grow ...more
Michael Kobylarz
I read this book in just over a day during a couple of flights and a layover. It definitely kept me in suspense. There's things I liked but things I didn't care for:

The Good:
-The characters are definitely flushed out in ways where you see that even the good characters have their bad sides and vice versa. Too often characters are written very one-dimensionally, and while some of the secondary characters can come across that way, the main characters were written pretty well.
-It really moved along
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deadly Lies by Chris Patchell is an unusual crime/thriller novel. It is told in two voices - Jill's and Alex's. Jill is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by her stepfather. Alex is a detective in Seattle. Although they are a married couple of five years, the two have been living separate lives as their jobs keep them both busy. While Jill has an affair with her boss, Alex works to find the killer of his ex-girlfriend's sister who has also threatened everyone Alex loves. Jill's life begins t ...more
Gwen Stevens
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Unexpected Surprise — An Excellent Read

Alex and Jill Shannon are the perfect couple … right down their yellow Labrador Molly … but trouble is lurking under the surface. Alex is a detective, a good one, and the job means a little less attention focused where it should be—on his wife. When Alex’s ex-girlfriend enlists his help in finding her missing sister, it strains an already strained marriage. But there’s more going on than the obvious. Jill is hiding a troubled past. She was sexually abuse
Teresa Collins
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
As several other reviewers have said, I really wanted to like this book; I did. I just couldn't. Number one, the language is atrocious. I'm not talking a little profanity here; I'm talking gutter trash language and it is totally unnecessary. The author doesn't even have the cop-out of saying "that's the way this type person talks (usually the excuse used when talking about the military, law enforcement or "bad guys"). It's just awful. The language totally ruined the story for me. Now, don't get ...more
Patricia Ibarra
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
We all know that fiction is something that did not happen, only in the mind of an author who puts it into words. However, the best novels for me are those when you feel what you are reading is real, that the characters are somebody you can find in real life. In this novel, Jill is married to detective Alex Shannon. When she was a teenager, she was the victim of sexual abuse and was determined never to be a victim again. A reporter tried to abuse her and she took revenge. This fact triggers some ...more
Becky Baldridge
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
This one is a bit of slow build and took me awhile to get into, but I have to say that the more I learned about the characters and their back story, the more my curiosity was piqued about where the story would go. From the beginning, Jill is not a likable character. She's cold and seems to have little regard for others. Of course, it doesn't take long to figure out that we aren't supposed to like her. I was left with a bit of a head scratch about Alex's jumps in logic in his investigati
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I had to spend this gray, cloudy day at home waiting for a series of repairmen. Consequently, a quick read like Deadly Lies was absolutely perfect for a rather boring time.

Patchell's novel has a young married woman, Jill, hiding a painful secret from her police detective husband, Alex. Her past as an abused child haunts her and her actions become increasingly erratic as she confronts those who abuse her in the present. At the same time, her husband is investigating the murder of a young girl and
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I liked this book but it didn't move me to it only got 4 out of 5 stars; the Author did a really good job of moving the story along and keeping the reader guessing as to what was going to be the next twist turn and or unexpected event. I found myself conflicted as to who to cheer for officer Shannon or Jill.....

I struggle as to what to share as I don't want to give any spoilers away...

if you want a fast easy read that keeps you on the edge of your seat this certainly is a book for
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The main character isn’t a nice person. She was abused as a young girl and as an adult isn’t going to allow anyone (read - man) to take advantage of her. Her husband isn’t a likeable character either, although not as bad as his wife. So reading this story was difficult because I didn’t care for either one. I kept reading only to find out how things were going to happen and to see if she was going to get away with it. The ending was left open so I wonder if it was setting up a sequel.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I saw this book listed for sale I immediately realized I had read it last year but had not left a review. That was a missed opportunity for me to recommend a great book with an exciting story line. Something so different as a woman reacting to an act of violence is rare in most females but should be taken very seriously. The mental reaction is the book. Chris Patchell is an exciting author and I've read a number of books that I hope I've reviewed. I'll be checking on that.
Bill Thibadeau
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A worthwhile stab in the dark.

I had no idea who Chris Patchell was or how good of an author he was. The synopsis looked interesting so I took a chance and I am very glad I did. This was a superb thriller/mystery. The story was very well s scripted with twists and turns I didn't expect. The characters meshed very well and were germane to the story no matter how small their role. I highly recommend this author. I will immediately sear h for more of his books
Keith McDonagh
Good story

I liked the book but felt it was wordy in places and generally was longer than it needed to be. Certain errors and phrases were repeated often, and the flow was a bit choppy
However,the story was good, as were the characters. Story development was decent. I liked the story a lit but felt it could have been better written. That said, still worth a read.
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