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The Lies Within

(Detective Inspector Will Jackman #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.

Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter's body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace's only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.

DI Will Jackman delves

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Legend Press
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THE LIES WITHIN by bestselling author Jane Isaac is the third DI Will Jackman Crime Thriller. I have read and loved her previous books in the series: Before It’s Too Late (Book 1) and Beneath the Ashes (Book 2), and this is another winner! I literally did not want this book to end. I highly recommend reading all three books but I advise they be read in order to fully appreciate the ongoing character development, though the plots are standalones. This is a series I plan to read future novels in ...more
Melissa Souza
**Thank you to Legend Press and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of the book in return for an honest review.

4 stars!!!

I thought that the premise for this novel was pretty simple but was delivered brilliantly. Considering the last book I read wasn't the thriller I was expecting, this was wonderfully refreshing. The author has managed to weave a tightly knitted tale of murder interspersed with family dynamics, grief, betrayal, secrets and so on.

The story is told from the POV of Grace and we see how
I love this series. And I love Will Jackman.
He's not your usual run of the mill hard cop. I've got to know him quite well.

He's trying to solve this particular case when there are 9 years separating this particular case that seems to have a connection with the past one.

It's a snappy fast paced read which I thoroughly took to heart and enjoyed.

I would like to thank Lucy PA for sending me an advanced copy as a gift. She knows I'm a huge fan of this authors books.
Linda Strong

Grace is contacted by DI Will Jackman and told her oldest daughter has been assaulted and strangled. Deeply upset and overwrought, she starts losing her hold on reality. Grace has run into an old school friend, Faye, although Grace doesn't remember her at all.

Faye becomes her best friend, the one person she can talk to without being told that she needs to move on. But who exactly is Faye?

That becomes a real question when Faye more or less seems to take over Grace's life. Grace's husband and
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the third book in a series but I jumped in here with no issues whatsoever. Isaac provided enough pertinent background information concerning Jackman’s personal life that I felt I had a firm grasp on what type of man he is. It seems he’s had a rough time as of late and my heart truly went out to him, he was one of those characters that I warmed to almost instantly.

It opened with a very strong prologue as Grace is on trial for murder, then it jumps back to ten months before. Grace’s
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Legend Press for an advance copy of The Lies Within, the third Midlands based police procedural to feature DI Will Jackman.

The novel opens with Grace Daniels being tried for murder then flashes back 10 months to the start of the case. Acting DCI Will Jackman is bored as he's on special projects visiting neighbouring forces and reviewing outstanding cases of adult sexual offences. While in Leicestershire he is called out to a sexual assault and murder and jumps
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional piece of police procedural writing. The storyline, writing and the depth of the characters all combine to create an excellent read. I've always been a massive fan of Jane Isacc's books and this one is a cracker.
Plenty of suspense and intrigue, that keeps you turning the pages.
Highly recommended 5*
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series that features DI Jackman. He's the kind of detective that you would always want rooting in your corner.

Grace Daniels is left distraught when her daughter's body is found naked in a quiet country lane. With everything going wrong around her she finds comfort when a friend from the past. This book is slightly different from the previous novels in that it features rather heavily on Grace's character and how she deals with the aftermath of such a tragedy. The book is very cleverly
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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YES! *SCREAMS* Jane Isaac’s rather dashing policeman, who has the saddest personal life is back. The Lies Within is the third instalment of the rather excellent DI Will Jackman series! In my opinion, it is the BEST to date. I urge you to devour the whole series.

It all starts at the trial of Grace Daniels. She is a mother and grandmother. An upstanding citizen or is she? This is a woman who does not appear evil. She has been accused of murder. How did she get here? Is she guilty or is this
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Beneath The Ashes so as soon as The Lies Within became available for review I was eager to get back into Jane Isaac’s work. The Lies Within is a dark and gritty police procedural with psychological drama/thriller elements. Grace’s loss had my stomach in knots and JI captured the emotion, confusion, grief, anxiety and irrationality of losing a child with chilling accuracy. It was good to be back with DI Jackman, his life is still as complicated as ever and he still throws himself ...more
Lizzie Hayes
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Lies Within’ by Jane Isaac
Published by Legend Press, 2 May 2017. ISBN: 978-1-78507-927-6

I have never been a fan of ‘the Prologue’. However, this is the exception, as it opens with a statement made in Criminal Court 3, Leicester Crown Court, by barrister, James Sheldon. His words are chilling as he draws the jury attention to Grace Daniels. ‘This woman is guilty of murder. And by the time this trial has finished, you will be in no doubt that she should go to prison for life’.

In the third
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This is a book that will have you putting the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the front door so you can sit and indulge in this fantastic read.

I love this series. Masterful plotting, three dimensional characters. A protagonist who isn’t an addict, or a womaniser or damaged – but he does have a tragic personal back story – which he deals with. Refreshing isn’t it?

If you haven’t read any of this series before I suggest you get all three book and treat yourself to a long weekend of
Heather Fineisen
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the third in a series I haven't read before. The story line is based on DI Jackman solving the murder and sexual assault of three young women over a span of years. The most recent case is the one with the most emphasis and characterization. The plot doesn't flow well between the procedural portions and the family of the victim parts. There is very little information about the background of Jackman which may be information provided on previous books. The character development really ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lies Within by Jane Isaac is the third in the DI Will Jackman series by Jane Isaac, and I enjoyed it as much or more than the previous books. Isaac manages to write intriguing police procedurals that keeping me engaged with her characters as I try to determine the what, why, and who of the mystery.

The prologue is a trial scene in the present, but Chapter One flashes back about 10 months. Jackman has been seconded to a neighboring district to review some adult sexual offence cases when the
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book three of what is swiftly becoming one of my favourite series, the main character probably being my favourite male cop. I said in my reviews for books one and two that I made a good connection with Will Jackman very early on and that relationship is still blossoming. He's not your stereotypical damaged cop, no alcohol addiction and not a womaniser. He does have his crosses to bear which mark him as a little bit damaged but not in the same way as many in his field. When we start this ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 stars out of 5** The opening chapter takes you right to the heart of the story. You’re immediately thrown into a courtroom scene where Grace Daniels, a mother and wife is on trial for murder. “Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder”. My curiosity was immediately piqued. Grace came across as a normal, everyday person – not a psychopath (not that psychopaths are normally easy to spot, this I have learnt from being an avid crime reader!).

Colette Lamberth
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well it's been a while since I read a book in a day, but I couldn't tear myself away from this once I got a couple of chapters in. I have read the previous Will Jackman books and think he is a great character and this book has cemented that opinion. I was also relieved that Davies made an appearance in this one too. This was cleverly plotted and although I had a nagging feeling about who committed the murders I was still surprised and a bit shocked at the reveal.
This series is getting better
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kobo-e-reader
This book was a slow starter for me, but the story certainly picked up later. I really like this series, I like Will and the way he works.
This novel is a bit different than the usual police procedurals. There is murder of course, but there's no progress on the case and it becomes cold. In this book, the story actually focuses more on the family of the murdered girl and there are a few twists and turns. I very much enjoyed this departure from the norm.
I look forward to the next book in the
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lies Within is Jane’s third Will Jackman book, and the second book I’ve read this year with a location I’m very familiar with. This time it’s Market Harborough

The book starts with a brief prologue, showing Grace Daniels, on trial for murder, her family watching on from the gallery. We’re then taken back 10 months to find Will Jackman, who has a temporary promotion to Chief Inspector. Jackman finds himself seconded from his usual Stratford-upon-Avon base and working for the region, visiting
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was an awesome thriller . I love these kind of books they keep you on your toes. these people went through a lot losing a daughter and the not knowing . I was really surprised at who did this . grace the mom was the one who they thought that did it . went to jail . but what some surprizes this book holds . enjoyed
Suraj Kumar
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
‘The Lies Within’ is the 3rd book in the DI Will Jackman Series by Jane Isaac. The book is about Grace Daniels, whose daughter has been found dead. During the course of investigation, there is another murder which solves the previous mystery but brings Grace in the spotlight. Dealing with multiple murders at a time, with characters emerging from the past, ‘The Lies Within’ is an unputdownable book.

*In Brief

Grace is shattered after her daughter, Jo, is found dead. There are signs indicating that
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - The Lies Within is my favourite book in this series so far! Before I talk in detail about this particular book, I would like to mention the consistency Isaac has shown throughout this series. Each book is of a steady pace, more mystery than thriller, the content is never too graphic, with a strong focus on the police proceedings – so if you’ve enjoyed any of the books in this series, it’s likely you’ll enjoy them all. You become familiar with the characters, there’s no one [flawed] ...more
☘Tara Sheehan☘
This is the third in Jane Isaac’s series starring DI Will Jackman and she continues her well-developed writing style with yet another intriguing and cleverly written plot. You should be hooked from the beginning of the book as her character Jackman just keeps getting better the more she writes.

Her series is only getting better with each book as evidence by the storyline in this one which was starting to feel a bit predictable but…One of the things I liked about this novel is that even when it
Hannelore Cheney
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace Daniels is on trial for murder in the opening chapter of the 3rd DI Will Jackson book, a series that's one of my favorites.
We go back in time to the murder and rape of Grace Daniels' daughter, veering between Grace's total emotional shutdown and Will's unrelenting work on the case. Grace is barely functioning, her grief is so deep even her family can't reach her through the fog of pain and tears. Will is going through a personal crisis of his own while he struggles to solve the murder.
Joanne Robertson
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I love this series featuring Will Jackman and The Lies Within has got to be my favourite so far! Part police procedural, part psychological thriller and part courtroom drama, I was glued to this book from the moment I picked it up! Grace was such a carefully crafted character that I found myself questioning every move she made, asking myself if the woman in the prologue is the same grief stricken mother we meet after her daughter Jo is discovered murdered.

I found the chapters following the
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Police procedurals are somewhat outside my normal genre choices, but when Netgalley offered the latest Jane Isaac, I couldn't not jump at the opportunity. I've read two other stories by this author, and this one shows her ongoing development as a writer. The moody imagery woven throughout the story hearkening to a boat adrift on stormy waters underlined the tension that built slowly at first as seemingly disparate threads laid down the beginning of the story. The choice to show how ...more
Colin Mitchell
DI Jackman has been seconded to Leicestershire Police as a DCI, on a paperwork excercise when he is asked to lead a murder investigation. Jo Lamborne has been found naked and strangled and sexually abused by the side of the road. The leads go nowhere apart from Jo's family background and eventually the case is scaled down. Jackman goes home to his wife who is still in a vegetable like state following a vehicle crash. Another body turns up and Jackman is back to Leicestershire.

The first part of
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This novel is somewhat of a departure from Jane Isaac’s earlier Will Jackman stories. This one tells the reader the story from Grace Daniels’ point of view as well as from the official police investigation point of view.

A young girl is found dead and naked one night. Acting DCI Will Jackman is in the district doing some research when the case comes in. He asks to be assigned to it and gets his wish. The young woman is the daughter of Grace Daniels. Upon learning of her death, Grace goes
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dark and seriously twisty this was quite brilliant. I'm loving this series of Will Jackman stories, he's quite a character and this book goes into further details of his home life which only increases my interest...
Three attacks on women, all similar in nature brings Will to Gracie's door. After the murder of her daughter Grace sinks quickly into a trance like state, nobody can get close to her, that is until a long forgotten friend appears.....
This is so good, dark and twisty with moments where
Jane Isaac is one of my favorite writers and this is the third in this series. Still suffering an injury he received in the last case, DI Jackman is reviewing old cases in Leicestershire when a body is discovered in the locality with similarities to the cases he is reviewing. He asks to be SIO on the case to speed up enquiries. We move through the initial investigations with him and the police support for the family of the murdered girl, Jo. This is a cleverly plotted and told story. The ending ...more
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Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter and dogs. Jane's debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the 'eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.'

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as 'Thriller of the Month -

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Detective Inspector Will Jackman (3 books)
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