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Collision of Lies

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she's correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie.

Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Natalie Walters
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling page turner, the first I've read of Mr. Threadgill's and this author knows how to keep you turning pages well into the night--not to mention leave you carrying this story around with you even when you HAVE to put the book down.

The gripping plot yanked me into a twisting story that had me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the female lead character and found her development authentic. Secondary characters enhanced the storyline with their unique personalities. The story was
Erin Laramore
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride this book was! It hooked me in from the very beginning and didn't let up until the end. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be my last. I have all of the Jeremy Winter books on my kindle and getting a small peak at that character in this book, I instantly want to know more - so the Winter series is moving up on my TBR this year. While Mr. Winter makes a guest appearance in this book (I assume it's an "easter egg" for fans of the series), this book is a ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine that your son has been dead for three years when you receive a text message from an unknown phone number, "Help me, Mom." I know I would move mountains to find out where this message came from and what it might mean for my child.

Imagine now that you are minding your own business when this message and the parents to whom it was sent land squarely in the middle of your peaceful Saturday morning breakfast. Amara Alvarez, property crimes detective for the San Antonio Police Department, just
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author. After reading this book, I plan to check out more books from this author. This book may be published by a Christian publisher but it is not "preachy". So, anyone who is in the mood for a really good book to read or thrillers should check out this one.

I was caught up in the mystery surrounding the bus crash. It seemed like when one clue would be revealed, it just unraveled about three more questions. The mystery along with the engaging
Paula Shreckhise
Wow! Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill is my kind of suspense story.
With a strong main protagonist and a fresh, unique plot, this one captured my interest from page one. It was like watching an excellent police procedural without the usual cursing and questionable private activities of the characters. But it did not lack in any aspect. It was gritty at times, intriguing and kept moving at a good clip. I didn’t want to put it down.
Amara Alvarez is a detective in Property Crimes but longs to
Maureen Timerman
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Once you turn the pages on this one you are hooked. What a mind this author has, I can’t even imagine the scenario given here, and I don’t really want to! Horrible!
We are given a tough woman detective with the San Antonio police department, she is looking to move to homicide and I don’t she could have foreseen the case she ends up working on.
We get to see banter between these officers, and some chuckles, we eat and travel on stake out, and wonder if all will be there by the end of the story. We
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while, all the elements come together and turn an interesting plot into a great story. Such is the case with Collision of Lies. I was very quickly hooked, and I much enjoyed turning the pages. I could have finished the book several days earlier, but I dragged it out because the story was so enjoyable.

This book is classified as contemporary christian suspense. I can agree with contemporary and suspense, but I didn’t really feel any christian aspect. It certainly wasn’t
Max Knight
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Tom Threadgill’s latest entry into the suspense/thriller genre, Collision of Lies, is set in my home town of San Antonio, Texas. That alone was enough to pull me in! But Threadgill offers so much more than just familiar locales, he’s written an enthralling story of a horrible accident involving a school bus filled with seventeen children all of whom are killed when the bus collides with a fast moving freight train. All the evidence points to an open and shut case. Every investigative ...more
Lisa Johnson
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: Collison of Lies
Author: Tom Threadgill
Pages: 400
Year: 2020
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The story hooked me from the first word till the very last! Amara Alvarez is a young lady desiring to move from the burglary division to the homicide division of the police force. The character is young, tough, energetic and definitely family orientated. Amara has a unique house pet that roams the apartment when she is home and its who she thinks out loud to when trying to unravel the
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a very well written suspense that had interesting characters, a lot of twists and turns, fascinating plot, and some interesting science as well.

I did put this book down a few times while reading which is unusual when reading a suspense story. It had times when it lagged a bit, but that does seem more realistic than some books where the speed exhausts the reader and makes for a totally unbelievable storyline.

I didn’t really connect with the characters, but I did enjoy the author throwing
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Three years ago a school bus collided with a freight train. The case has been closed for nearly that long. Like peeling an onion the story unravels layer by layer.

The main character, Amara Alvarez, is a divorced policewoman working property crimes that would rather be in Homicide. She is both realistic and hopeful in her role. The tale begins in a small diner in San Antonio when the grieving parents of one of the children on the school bus cross paths with Officer Alvarez. I was drawn in to the
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Collision of Lies is the first novel I have ever read by Tom ThreadGill and it will not be the last. This book is one that instantly captivates the reader for a fast pace ride and does not let the reader go until the ending of the story. It is an action- packed, intense book that is suspenseful, engaging and just when you think you know where he is going to go with the story, it turns.
The other element that is super intriguing about this book, while a suspense novel, this book has added humor
Phillip Cole
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A seemingly chance meeting in a restaurant sets Detective Amara Alvarez on an unexpected mission for answers and justice. The deeper she goes, the more questions arise as to what is going on, and who is behind it.

Collision of Lies is a gripping story that blends several elements into a great plot. The main part is suspense, but other themes, like family and humor, combine to enhance the book. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. The action keeps coming, and you want to find out what is
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
"'Help me, Mom'. That's all it said."

Three words. From the woman's dead son. Even a property crimes detective couldn't completely ignore the feeling that there was more to the message than a simple coincidence. But what? And why?

Assuring the frantic parents that she would have "one of our tech guys take a look" at the phone, detective Amara Alvarez tried to put the bizarre incident out of her mind. End of story, except that it wasn't. And the story that followed would take Amara and many of her
Amy Dohmen
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Interesting characters. Nice tension throughout. Loved the ending, because in some ways it reminded me of my favorite (possibly the most heartbreaking) episode of Criminal Minds. I won't say which since I don't want to spoil it for you. Now, I want a pet iguana.
I received a free copy from the publisher, but my opinions are completely my own.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Collision of Lies is my first book by Tom Threadgill, but I already am anticipating my next one from this author.

Collision of Lies hooked me from the first page. I liked how Threadgill layered in both the mystery and the characters. I found it easy to follow who the characters were and how they fit in to the story even though there are quite a few characters in this book by the time the reader turns the last page. I was disappointed that there wasn't more of a spiritual element to this book.
Jennifer Robb
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of suspense
Recommended to Jennifer by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program
As far as I remember, this is the first book I've read from this author. I thought it started out a bit slowly, but the suspense built well and kept me interested. I would probably read future books in the series (or with this main character) but I don't think I'd read this book again so I didn't give it 5 stars for that reason.

Warning, Spoilers May Follow. Read at your own discretion.


Three years ago, there was a horrible bus-train accident that resulted in the loss of many lives. A mother
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you in advance to Revell Books (a division of Baker Books Publishing) for providing a complimentary review through their Revell Reviewers program. A positive review was not required. All words and thoughts are my own.

Last year, during part of a “tour” with a publicity/review group, I was introduced to the genre of Christian Suspense. As I like suspense, this was an intriguing genre to me. I didn’t see how the two could co-exist. But, I quickly fell in love with it. And, it’s easily one of
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
With an opening chapter that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go until its very contemplative ending, this book will take you on a ride unlike any other. It's hard for me to believe that my reflections on this story will adequately give it the justice it so deeply deserves. There is so much to unpack, but as with any thriller or mystery, it's best to go into it with as little information as possible in order to feel the complete impact this book has to offer. However, with every ounce of bias I ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Suspense So Riveting, Readers Will Find Themselves Devouring Collision Of Lies! Threadgill Keeps His Readers Spellbound And Guessing At Each New Chapter…

What a marvelous new story from Tom Threadgill. A master in suspense writing, he has perfected the art of storytelling and created a true heroine in Detective Amara Alvarez. Her grit, determination and witty office banter with the other cops put me right at ease with her as the main character. In fact, I found myself wanting to BE her! This was
Jay W Williams
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After reading his Winter series, I signed up for Tom Threadgill's email and received this book free from the publisher for an honest review. I finished the book in one day, so that should provide some precursor to my opinion, but let me be a little more specific.

The writing. I have read a few early copies of books and most have serious need of editing, this was the exception. There were no extraneous errors, no plot inconsistencies, and no typographical or syntax errors to interfere with the
Jessica Higgins
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best thrillers I have read in a very long time. It’s hard to call a book unputdownable, but that perfectly describes Collision of Lies.

When detective Amara Alvarez overhears an argument between a couple on her day off, she feels compelled to see if she can help. She quickly discovers it is much more than a disagreement between a husband and wife. Their son was on a bus hit by a train three years ago. He and everyone onboard was killed and they have had to live with the loss for the
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
When it was time to choose a new book to read, I searched for one that was different from any others I had been reading at the time. Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill piqued my interest, and though I knew it would pull at my sensitive heartstrings, it was a story I wanted to read. I’m glad I did.

This was a story I had a hard time putting down, though there were times I knew I had to. From the very beginning I was hooked. Amara Alavarez has become a new favorite character for me, and the humor
Ruthie Jones
"Power and money. Everybody wants them. But if you've already got them, there's something far more important."

Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill will keep you on the edge of your seat, reading at a breakneck speed and hungry for more. The author has certainly mastered the ability of duality in this high-tense drama. Collision of Lies is humorous and serious, slow and fast, expertly mixing the mundane with the thrilling until everything swirls together into a story that is both haunting and
Conny Reviews
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
“You’ll see. Everybody lies, either intentionally or because of their skewed point of view. The witnesses. The suspects. Even the victims sometimes,” Amara is reminded in Tom Threadgill’s novel, Collision of Lies.

~ Wha
This four-hundred-page paperback targets those who enjoy a suspense story about a school bus traffic accident that may have been covered up. With no profanity, topics of exhuming bodies, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an excerpt
Rachel Kokes
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Collision of Lies is a modern day thriller written by Tom Threadgill, and is book one in the Detective Amara Alvarez series.

Summary: It all started with one little text. Detective Amara Alvarez normally works Property Crimes for the San Antonio police department, but when a grieving mother asks for help tracking down the origin of a text, she reluctantly agrees to get involved.

That simple favor leads to a clue, and then another. Now curious, Detective Alvarez begins to research what will turn
Becca-Rae Weidel
Whew, that was one heck of a ride! Collision of lies gripped me from the very first chapter and didn't let me go until I'd reached the conclusion. The need for answers kept the pages essentially turning themselves. This was my first time read by Tom Threadgill but I'm sure it won't be my last!

I got quite a chuckle out of some of the witty humor tossed back and forth between Amara and her coworkers. It added a fun layer of depth to the characters that made them come more to life for me. It added
Kelly Bridgewater
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill is a new author for me. Before Revell agreed to publish this story, I have never heard of him, but apparently, he has a number of other published books out there. I enjoy how the story follows a female heroine written by a male. This was an unexpected twist. The writing is fabulous. Threadgill really knows how to write a police policedural and make it interesting. I liked how he didn't give Amara the Homicide position just yet. She was a procedural detective, ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a suspenseful mystery, that was extremely hard to put down, I highly recommend Collision of Lies, by Tom Threadgill. The focal point was a closed case that will tug at the heart strings of every parent.
Detective Amara Alvarez, with the San Antonio Police Department, reluctantly agreed to see what she could discover after Marisa Reyes received a mysterious text, “Help me Mom.” Marisa believed it was from her son Benjamin, while Enzo Reyes thought it was a hoax. The problem was Benjamin was
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a new author to me. He has published a few other books, but not on the Christian market. I have been eager to read his first book on the Christian market, and was not disappointed.

A lot of the suspense novels I read are non-stop action and suspense. Bad guy trying to kill or kidnap someone while the good guys are on the chase. This book was a much slower pace with a lot of investigating and interviewing going on for much of the book. That isn't to say the book was boring. Slow does
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Tom Threadgill's books have a distinct focus on clean, suspenseful action with strong character development. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). In his downtime, Tom enjoys woodworking, riding his Harley, and chasing the elusive Yard of the Month award. He currently resides with his wife in the Dallas area and can be reached ...more