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What Lies in Paradise

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  71 reviews
She’s got 400,000 fans. One of them could be the killer.

Instagram Influencer Sydney Evans carefully curates her enviable public persona. Despite being freshly widowed, she’s eager to strike a pose at her best friend’s extravagant destination nuptials. But Sydney’s feed goes dark when she blacks out on the plane, awakening to discover another guest poisoned to death.

Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published January 5th 2020 by Vision Forty Press
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Linda Strong

Sydney Evans lost her husband 6 months ago. She's hidden her grief and sorrow behind her work. She is what's known as an Influencer marketer. Posting on Instagram on a daily basis, showcasing what she wears, what products she uses, she now has thousands of followers.

Her best friend is getting married in Jamaica. Sydney is going to be bridesmaid. She's thinking of all the pictures she'll be able to take while there.

But something happens that no one had foreseen ... she blacked out while
Bonnie DeMoss
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
What Lies In Paradise is the story of Sydney, a “social media influencer” who presents a perfect life to her followers, constantly posting well-planned selfies in the highest fashions at exotic locations. In real life Sydney has lost her husband, but doesn’t let her grief show online. When one of her best friends dies on the way to another friends wedding, Sydney finds herself in the middle of an FBI investigation into an international criminal.

This is a good crime story which I would rate 3.5 s
Paula  Phillips
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Anything to do with social media in a novel and I am hooked and want to read, so when this one mentioned Instagram and how the main character had 400K followers it intrigued me. I have to admit though that the first line of the blurb "She’s got 400,000 fans. One of them could be the killer" was very deceiving as you learn pretty quick basically chapter 2 what is happening and that it has nothing to do with her fan base, but more her choice of family and friends. The novel starts off with Sydney ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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First of all, big thank you to @booksirens and @cupps79 for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was such a GOOD thriller ! Fast paced and exciting - it kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime ! There were so many things I liked about this story... the tropical Jamaican setting, the long list of colorful characters, the action-packed storyline... But most of all, I loved how descriptive Cupps was. I would definitely recommend this novel if you’re looking for an easy (but interest ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Good story, needs proofread.
Brigit (dark.psyche.reads)
Choreographed modern princess Rom-thriller

Before reading on - I don't do Rom-Com in thrillers. Bear that in mind.

That aside, I enjoyed some of this book. It was a quick & easy read, perfect for a light and casual read while you're travelling perhaps. The cover and description was misguiding - I expected a dark and brooding mystery, but it felt much more like a self-reflective and light-hearted personal journey of love and grief, during a wedding and a murder. That's a lot of tangents.

What I
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Vision Forty Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sydney, a recent widow is traveling to Jamaica for her best friend, Marissa's wedding. Marissa is super rich and marrying Ethan, who is Sydney's late husband, Jack's twin brother. Marissa and Ethan are flying on a private jet with her friend Lizzy and her boyfriend Will. Lizzy falls ill on the plane and dies. Sydney's plane is diverted to Atlanta, where is is taken off the plane, questioned and the
Heather Bane
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from the very beginning. The story is very well written and keeps your interest throughout. A hard book to put down. I definitely recommend reading this book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Tina Petriella
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this by as an ARC. A great debut book. The book is the setting of a mystery involving an social media influencer, twin brothers, a socialite heiress, all of their friends, the FBI, an international criminal and a wedding in Jamaica. Sydney, the lead character, is a social media influencer who was married to Jack twin to Ethan who is getting ready to marry Sydney's best friend. Confusing? Wait it gets better. Sydney is also a widow who has tried to maintain perfection for herself and f ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The book starts our with our main character Sydney going to Jamaica for her best friends wedding. Sydney hates flying to she take a pill and blacks out when she awakes she is being questioned by the police and one of the bridesmaids and her close friend, (Lizzy) is dead. After a quick talk the police send Sydney on her way to the wedding with one snag, she is being accompanied by an undercover officer (Alex Birch), who's job it is to try to catch the person responsible. This book had me on my to ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
An entertaining and easy read. I have to say, I’m left with questions at the end of this one... what happened to the twins? Did Estavez get caught? Or did he follow through with any revenge? What about the stolen millions? Hmmm???

The novel definitely captured my attention from the get-go, the storyline was fast-paced, but it all ended and left me feeling unsatisfied when it was done. A few unrealistic and unbelievable circumstances that could’ve used a bit more depth, like attending your best f
Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sydney is a social influencer. She spends her days taking selfies of herself in perfect poses, of her food and whatever activity she is doing. Her life seems for lack of a better term perfect, yet things seem to be falling apart around her. Her husband Jack is dead and on her way to Jamaica to celebrate her good friends wedding to her dead husbands twin brother she is drugged and finds herself in the hands of the FBI. Another one of her friends is murdered on her way to the ceremony and now Sydn ...more
Terri Eaches
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picture Perfect...Or Is It???

A great story to introduce a new author for me. A twisted tale of lies, deceit and murder that comes full circle in beautiful Jamaica. Sydney portrays a perfect life to her Instagram followers but her life is anything but. On her way to Jamaica for her best friends wedding she finds out just how far from picture perfect her life truly is. Waking up detained at the airport she finds out one of he best friends is dead and is being held for questioning by the FBI tryin
Siobhan Yilmaz
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's been so long since I read a crime type book and this was certainly a good one to break me back into them. Straight away there's drama, and from chapter one onwards, the ball keeps rolling.
The book is written from multiple viewpoints, but don't worry, it really adds to the depth of the story rather than being confusing (I've read some shockers that muddle everything by doing this!).
This story is a little bit crime, a little bit mystery and a little bit self discovery. At first I was unsure I
Yolanda Henderson
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first book with this author. I was pleasantly surprise with the book. It was entertaining on a who done it point of view. You have a tragedy among the best friends. Someone killed one of the three. You have plenty of people in this story. I would like to see some of the other characters get their own book. You had your good people and your bad. The story center around Marissa wedding. With every murder there will be twists and turns to find out who did it. Leah did not hesitate to all plenty ...more
Emma (Emlovesreading)
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok so I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It’s more of a mystery than a romance do not my normal trope but I really enjoyed it.
Sydney is a widowed social influencer on her way to her friends wedding when she is pulled in by the FBI.
They need her help in solving a murder.
At first Sydney is reluctant to assist them, but she wholeheartedly believes her friends are innocent and so she agrees.
But this mystery is bigger than what she imagined.
I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the murder. And
Bonny Niswonger
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This book is about best friends being there for each other. On loss of her husband(Jack) and then trying to live with out him. One of her best friends was is getting married to a twin brother(Ethan) of her husband but something was gone wrong. She (Sydney) is flying to where her friend (Marissa Schumacher) was getting married but she had to take a detour to a airport so she can be told what is happening. Her ...more
Teresa Collins
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very good mystery with plenty of action, suspense, some unexpected and some slightly obvious twists, and very believable characters. As such I would have been happy to give it a four-star rating. However, because of the numerous typos (wrong character names, wrong location names, wrong words, missing words, etc), I could not justify anything higher than a three-star rating. Ms. Cupps is a very good author and if the services of a professional editor are not feasible, I would recommend ...more
Kelsey Halka
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall this book was a great quick read. The action started almost right away and kept twisting and turning throughout the book keeping my interest. I liked the characters of Alex and Sydney and wish the book had been written from their perspectives instead of Sydney and Ethans. I think that might have helped develop the relationship between the two of them and made it more believable. I think it also could have helped make the storyline less predictable. Sometimes things seemed to fall into pl ...more
Eve Jones
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last.
This book starts with a gun to the head and doesn't stop with the edge of the seat excitement.
I guarantee you that if you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down until you have finished it.
Sydney at first seems quite superficial, and I didn't really like her to be honest. But as I got to know her my opinion changed, as I came to under
KL Cassanello
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sydney has a perfect life. That's what her Instagram page says. But not really - it's a mess. And it's about to get a whole lot messier. On the way to a friend's wedding in Jamaica, another friend is murdered. When her plane lands, she's held in connection with that murder. This book was great to read - a true thriller with all the twists and turns. I had not idea where the story was going, and every time I thought I had it figured out - plot twist. It took a bit for me to get into the book (sev ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very suspenseful read. The characters are colorful, independent, dramatic and somewhat over the top all in good ways. It is a page-turner and I can honestly say it has many twists and turns and actions I never saw coming. It’s characters were well-developed, the story is well-written and there are many surprises along the way. This is the first time reading this author and I enjoyed her writing style, the danger and suspense she put in the story and I will read her again. It was a supe ...more
Book Him Danno
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
What Lies in Paradie is a fast moving pace story at times will have readers wanting to know what happened before this book between to characters to have readers better understand the characters.
The story is interesting with the characters waking up in interrogation room wondering what happened and how she ended up on there. The story moves quickly giving readers enough mystery without giving away too much until the closer reader get to the end of the book. At times the story slows down giving re
Courtney Prieto
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was captivating. I really liked the interactions the characters had with each other. Though there was one character who disappeared without explanation, being a murder mystery it seemed to be important to tell what happens to everyone. I love mysteries and this one grabbed me quickly. I liked trying to figure it out and thought I had it a few times but something would happen and blow that out of the water. I don’t want to give anything away but WOW! It was very intriguing and can’t wa ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
What Lies in Paradise is the story of Sydney, a social media influencer who boards a flight to Jamaica and wakes up to find her entire life has changed. Her good friend is dead and someone seems to want to hurt her. Working with the FBI, Sydney falls into the world is money laundering, international business fraud and murder.

Well, kind of. This book is a fast paced thriller that could be excellent if given more time. If this is part of a future series - then great. If not, then I have many, many
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Sydney is grieving the loss of her husband while trying to keep up a perfect life to her online fans as an Instagram influencer. She is on the plane to her best friends wedding when tragedy strikes. One of her best friends is killed on the way to the wedding. Devastated and fearful for her life she agrees to go undercover with an FBI agent to investigate which friend is a killer. But what she finds, is more than she bargained for. This book got the action going right away! And it was a good esca ...more
Heather Quarnstrom
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great read! I loved the twists and turns to the plot. It was a great mystery with fully developed characters.

I enjoyed the touch of romance will they/won't they that was thrown in as well. So if you just enjoy straight mystery with no side romance plot, this is not your book.

All in all, a fun read full of mystery, suspense, romance and more. I fully recommend this book to any reader that likes these things.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read and I ended up screaming at my kindle several times as the plot thickened. We are quickly shown that not everyone is who they are at first glance and I believe some characters still have some masks to reveal. Hopefully we will see these characters again soon; but, until then, if you are looking for the perfect read to blow the winter chill away look no further than What Lies in Paradise.

I received a copy of this book for free in return for a review which I am leaving vol
melody rainbow
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully well written book about Sydney who is in jamaica for her friend Marrisa's wedding. On the way over via plane Sydney's friend dies on the plane.
Now everyone is on a mission to find out what happened to lizzie.

Sydney meets a cia agent Alex and agrees to be his fake girlfriend and help him with the case.

I really liked this book. It has many twists and turns and there is a big surprise no expects, especially Sydney.
Alex and Sydney have feelings for each but will it become more?

I recei
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