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The First Lie

(The Secrets of Selkie Moon #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  59 reviews
“A dizzying array of events, mysteries, supernatural intrigue, and action!” – Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews

Someone is trying to kill you.

Selkie Moon is a woman on the run. Escaping her abusive husband to start over in Hawaii, she thinks she’s safe at last. Then a voice in a dream warns: Someone is trying to kill you. Not that Selkie’s psychic. No way.

Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published May 19th 2016 by Celestial Hedgehog Pty Ltd (first published April 29th 2014)
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
WOW!!! What an AWESOME book! Right from the beginning I was sucked into the story and was hooked until the very end!

Selkie leaves her emotionally abusive husband and Sydney behind to move to Hawaii to start up her own business. When she is there she begins to have visions, hears voices and music when nobody else does, and starts to believe that someone is trying to kill her. We follow Selkie through a compelling and sometimes downright creepy journey to find out not only who is out t

Selkie Moon finally left her domineering husband Andrew along with her father and controlling step-mother Stella to their lives in Sydney – she escaped to Hawaii with the hopes of freedom and the chance to make a life she could call her own. Finding a little share apartment with Wanda was a stroke of luck and when she began working, her offsider in the office was Derek Delaney; his friends always called him DD. Selkie found the friendships of DD and Wanda refreshing, but her past fears4.5s ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A completely engaging read that I devoured in two days.

The First Lie is described as a paranormal mystery, but it is so much more. It's a journey of self discovery entwining folklore with friendships, spirituality with suspense, art with abusive relationships, deceit with denial and romance with ran-out-of-alliterations. It's funny and spooky and kept my turning the pages.

I liked Selkie. She was quirky (though she would have hated me calling her that) and surrounded by a cast of in
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This year I've been trying to step out of my comfort-reading zone, though not entirely of course. I still open golden-age mysteries and children's books at bedtime, but I've been trying to include more non-fiction and other genres in my reading. Therefore, this book. And it is waaaay off my comfort scale. I have to say, to be honest, I didn't care for it--just absolutely not my sort of read. That said, I did finish it. Partly because it was a freebie, partly because I participated in the title-s ...more
May 27, 2016 marked it as to-read-own
5/27/16 $.99 for Kindle.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ll start by saying, it would be too hard to tell what this story is about without giving spoilers. If I say much about a character, it will give something away because part of the mystery is who the characters are. A lot of them are surrounded in mystery. This was a suspenseful read. There were times I got frustrated with Selkie towards the end but not long because once you see how her younger years were, you will understand. I’m dying to rant and rave but again, spoilers. I will say that I re ...more
Margarita Morris
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The writing style was really good in this book. The prose is assured and the first-person voice is strong and witty. But for me the story was just way too woo woo. The protagonist says at one point that she's been drowning in hocus pocus. That's how I felt reading it. I didn't understand the ending, it was all so surreal. I think there's a fundamental problem with combining the mystery genre with the paranormal. Readers want their mysteries to be solved and explained, but the supernatural can't ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is rather hard to categorise the genre when it has a mixture of mystery, paranormal, legend psychology and much more. Even so it is a good read.

The author cleverly involves her readers in the journey the main character takes. Virginia King managed to analyse and take apart the difficult web of what drives us all in our day to day lives. She has covered parent/child relationships to why people commit to marriage.

I agree with the reviewers that said that the reade
Katrina Hart
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
Magical emotional amazing read...

A Selkie Moon Mystery Author Virginia King.

I started reading this book after a friend recommended it to me. I'm really glad I did. Selkie is a great strong character and her journey is magical, scary and emotional all at the same time.

Selkie Moon ran from her old life into a new one, where she starts to find who she really is, with the help of paranormal guidance and good friends. I loved how letting go of her pain, finding out what hunts her mind and in
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I wanted to like this book but I just had a hard time finishing it. The beginning wasn't so bad but the further you got into it the more the paranormal and spiritualism seemed to come to the forefront disrupting the story. I might try the second one just to see if it is better now that she has set her world in place but it is going to have to improve a whole lot.
Elisa Panjang
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is her first series and I love it! Well written and real spooky!

Given for an honest review.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leaving Birds – A companion to Laying Ghosts consisting of four different stories, of which one is a true event. An interesting note is how these four items were the sparks of a fire known as Laying Ghosts. These were well written, intriguing stories; all different. The author did a wonderful job with Peig’s Place. I would recommend reading this after reading Laying Ghosts, The First Lie, The Second Path and The Third Note. I received this after reading the above listed books. 4*

Steph Warren
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
More than a paranormal mystery thriller, The First Lie tells the story of the awakening of Selkie Moon.

I love how Virginia King has taken ghost stories, myths and legends and woven them into a modern setting, yet retaining the haunting mystery of such folklore. The resulting narrative is packed with layer upon layer of symbolism, yet reads easily and follows an entertaining plot arc. Tales of selkies, in particular, have long haunted me; with their overtones of selfish love, sacrific
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I am a huge ghost story fan, over the years I’ve come to avoid various books classified as “paranormal” because so many involve blood-drinking and other creatures who fail to excite my imagination—and even disgust me a little. Let’s face it: it’s a wide continuum and though understandable why these and others might be placed on it, there are nevertheless huge gulfs. For a while there I found most of my ghostly reading came from the time when séances were all the rage.

So it was
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just as I suspected after reading the prequel 'Laying Ghosts'...another read till you can't see straight books! I had to reread the last pages where I left off at 5am again after I woke up! Ms. King has outdone herself with this one. Her imagination and ability to tell a story with such creativity leaves me in awe! All the same wonderful characters are here even better than before. Some are expanded on along with some new ones to make the story even more facinating. You never real
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laying Ghosts was the first book I read from Virginia King and after finishing I was sure it was not going to be the last one.
This short story was a nice way of introducing the main character Selkie Moon. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the character but after finishing I was looking forward to the next one in the series "The First Lie" Which continue to develop the main character. Gives you a better understanding of her background and you get to know Selkie and understands h
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The First Lie is the first book in the Secrets of Selkie Moon series by Virginia King.

Selkie has relocated to Hawaii from Australia to escape an abusive ex-husband. She has a struggling new business and relationships with some men who may not have her best interests in mind.

Odd things start happening to Selkie when she starts seeing a woman who is warning her. Selkie is a strong character and ends up with a small group of good friends. They form the family she never reall
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the cover of this book and Selkie's name. What a fun name! I enjoyed the creative imagination this book requires. The story was very exciting and pulled me right in. Selkie escapes her abusive husband to start over in Hawaii. I would love to live in Hawaii too so what a great place to start over. This book was full of action as well. I liked it very much. * I received this book from the author---this is my honest review*
Catherine Stratman
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read!

I love the characters that Ms King has created. The story has mystery, a little romance, a little supernatural all rolled into one fantastic read. I have read recently that this was the authors first foray into adult writing. You sure couldn't tell by this book! It is so well written and kept me interested until the very end and beyond.

I received an ARC. This is my honest review.
Janice Spina
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable paranormal mystery that kept me riveted. This is my kind of mystery that combines Celtic folklore, bizarre events, suspense and memories of the past that haunt the protagonist, Selkie Moon.

There are many facets of this story that make for a fascinating beginning of a series of mysteries. I like the way the author writes as she combines different aspects of the story to make the tale flow.

I look forward to more in this series.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book hooks you! Beware! I listened to it on audible while we were on vacation. My husband actually listen to it with me and enjoyed it too! I loved the narrator with her Australian accent which fits the main character who is from Australia. There are many little mysteries that get uncovered throughout the book and the ending is very satisfying.
Patricia Moren
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although this is fantasy with a great imagination, it feels so real. So full of action, excitement, fear and the unknown. Really keeps the adrenaline flowing right to the end, and such a lovely conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book. After getting a threatening message from a "woman in the mirror", Selkie with some help from her friends set out to figure out what is going on. She meets some very colorful personalities along the way. I can't wait to see what happens next.
This book defies genre. This book is not a shifter or supernatural book, nor the traditional who-done-it type of mystery. It's paranormal in the Merriam Webster definition and a Mystery yet not in the conventional sense of a mystery book. Merriam Webster again gives us the best meaning of Mystery for this book.

Merriam Webster Definition of Paranormal:
denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
`Someone is trying to kill you.'

Australian author and artist Virginia King has a history of extensive travel, a career as a teacher, a writer of children's books, a publisher, a producer of audio books, and a close affiliation with writer workshops. Now she enters the world of adult novels with a proposed series she calls the Selkie Moon Mystery Series. The charm of her titled series first draws our attention and deserves a definition of the word 'selkie'. From a charming Celtic lege
Louise Pepper
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book

I was astonished at how quick this book grabbed me. I could not put it down. The character's are perfectly suited for the story. Simple an amazing book. A must to read.
Linda Hill
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have a fab guest post from the author too here
I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect from Virginia King’s writing, but it surprised me by the intensity of its presentation. Virginia King weaves the symbolism of the world into a fast paced and exciting story that is part mystery and part mysticism, providing several strata of meaning in a very absorbing and thought provoking story. Indeed, the story can be read as a thriller but also as a kind of self-awareness manual as the reader has
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
“Quirky” and “bizarre” aren’t words you’ll often find in the descriptions of books I choose to read, but I’m 100% happy to recommend this book to anyone who usually shares my taste in books. The author’s writing is excellent – maybe just a tad heavy on the dialogue, but it does move the story forward and gives insight into the characters. And what great characters they are. I loved Selkie herself, caught up in so much that she doesn’t understand, desperately trying to make a success of her busin ...more
Heather Lawson
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here:
A story involving any kind of mythology is always a personal favourite of mine. I love seeing the different takes on them, the fresh perspectives, and any new elements that the authors choose to merge with the existing ideas. The First Lie is a little different in regards to the mythos, but it an enthralling mystery that sweeps you up in the supernatural and magical world that Selkie Moon finds herself in.

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Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was obvious that King has done her fair share of reading popular fiction, but while it certainly honed her skills, it didn't impact her style to the point where I felt like i was reading any of a dozen other authors that have utilized similarly strong, independent women in a "revisiting the past" role. Selkie was an enchantingly honest character, and although I was anticipating a few of the "revelations" about her life as she explored her past (both good and bad), I didn't feel led around by ...more
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Other books in the series

The Secrets of Selkie Moon (6 books)
  • Laying Ghosts (Selkie Moon Mystery, #0.5)
  • The Second Path (Selkie Moon Mystery, #2)
  • The Third Note (Selkie Moon Mystery, #3)
  • The Fourth Door (The Secrets of Selkie Moon, #4)
  • The Secrets of Selkie Moon (Books 1-3)