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Lies We Tell Ourselves

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“I found her.” One phone call and three whispered words is all it takes for Paige Fischer to risk everything - including her own life.

One missing sister...
Twelve years ago, Paige Fischer's identical twin, Jessica was kidnapped. Blaming herself, Paige never gave up hoping Jess is still alive, despite everyone else in her life insisting it’s time to move on.

One devoted fianc
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Published October 9th 2020 by SH Press Inc
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Erin Clemence
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special, special thanks to the author for allowing me to be part of her reader team on this novel!

*Trigger warning: This novel features aspects of human trafficking, abduction, and domestic abuse/violence. *

Twelve years ago, Paige’s twin sister, Jessica, went missing, without a trace. Full of guilt and self-blame, Paige has tried for years to make amends, including working with CHILD, an organization that works to fight human trafficking. One day, Paige receives a phone call and the thr
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me the chills! Absolutely, chills! The theme of human trafficking is hard to read about, so I cannot imagine living through it or surviving it. Paige Fischer has an identical twin sister who disappeared twelve years before. Now that she is working for CHILD, an organization dedicated to helping families of the missing and to help locate them if possible, Paige is totally focused on her work and is losing track of her own small family. But that seems to be all that she can do, help ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
OMG! This book had me spellbound from the very first, intense, heart-pounding chapter. I knew I was in for a roller-coaster ride when I came to the end of those first few pages. And it didn't let up—there where multiple times that my heart was racing just like the characters' were. So intense and scary!

Like a lot of other thrillers that I have read, there are so many twists and turns to the storyline, as well as being full of those characters that you aren't sure if you can trust. Who is the bad
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, sisters
Paige and her twin sister Jessica are 16 years old and walking home from school. When they have an argument, Paige goes home and Jessica disappears. Now, 12 years later, Paige is working with an organization called CHILD that helps families of children who have disappeared into the world of sex trafficking. She has a wonderful fiancé and son but won't consider moving forward with her life until her sister is found. When a local sex ring is discovered in her area, she hopes and prays that her sis ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A pretty fast paced suspense around a child trafficking ring. Paige is still grieving and looking for her sister that’s been missing for years. She can’t get on with her life until she finds her sister. She’s involved with a group who supports families also looking for their loved ones. Is everyone working for the group on the up and up? The last half was a real page turner with an unexpected twist. I can see where a sequel could happen. The book helps us to see if we see something; do something ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to a twisty, page turner, wild ride !
Twelve years ago Paiges twin sister, Jessica disappears, to this day it is Paiges life work to help all families if missing children. She works for an organization called CHILD.
Here we see and feel the pain of these families, the desperation and every parent nightmare.
I don’t want to give any spoilers but this is Steena Holmes at her best ! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and my brain had everyone lying and everyone telling the truth.

Hannah McKinnon
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In LIES WE TELL OURSELVES, Steena Holmes once again demonstrates she’s a master of suspense and doesn’t blink while tackling gut-wrenching material. A deftly-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will make you gasp as the truth about what really happened to Jessica Fischer is slowly revealed, and culminates in an explosive finale.
Sherri Thacker
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My first book of 2021 is Steena Holmes’ newest book “Lies We Tell Ourselves”. Boy oh boy did this keep me awake into the wee hours on New Years Eve. It grabbed me from the first page, was full of suspense and kept me engaged till the end. I will admit to not knowing very much about sex trafficking and this was eye opening! It’s so scary this is going on every single day.
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
"Truth is ugly. It's never easy, even when sugar-coated. Truth strips us of all our ignorance, wishful dreams, and dredges up pain we've all tried to hide"

The Story: Twelve years ago, Paige Fischer made a bad decision that ended with the disappearance of her twin sister, Jessica. Carrying the guilt ever since, Paige is determined to look for her sister as long as it takes. Paige now works for CHILD - Children who are Hidden, Lost or Disappeared and one day, she gets the long awaited phon
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Twisty Thriller That Will Trigger Some. Holmes does an amazing job here of showing off the works and trials of a group committed to ending sex trafficking in their town... only to find out that they have a ring in their midst. The other timeline - used as a sort of countdown - shows the trials of a woman who has been abducted, and this is where most of the triggering is likely to happen. Little is "on screen", but Holmes goes into enough detail of the overall abuses that some may find ...more
Marj Ward
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a twisty, keep you on the edge of your seat book, this is it. Paige has felt guilty for 12 years for not protecting her twin Jessica. Her job at CHILD is torture but she lives in hope that one day her sister will be found alive. Fabulous characters, incredible story. There is nothing I didn't love about this book. Thank you to the Author for providing me with an ecopy of this book. My opinion is my own. Another home run Steena Holmes. ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book by Steena Holmes has quickly become a guaranteed wild ride for me. This one involves sex trafficking. One twin is abducted and the other one makes it her life’s work to find her as well as help other girls and their families. There are plenty of twists and turns as well as surprises. Aside from the great story, this one also makes the reader aware that sex trafficking is a real problem that happens in just about every community, including your own. This one is a winner!
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much @katerockbooktours and @authorsteenaholmes for including me in this amazing booktour.
This book had me hooked!!
Yes I know it’s a fiction book but stuff like this happens everyday in the real world, girls being sold and trafficked for sex and power.
I can’t rave and recommend this one enough.
This was my first steena Holmes book, but definitely won’t be my last, after Christmas I will be filling my shelves🤣
Arianne Richmonde
This book about human trafficking is a gut-wrenching, heart-pounding read you won't be able to put down. It's visceral and raw, and although it's a novel, it rings so true and you feel everything that Paige, the main character, is going through as if it were you.

Paige’s twin sister, Jessica, went missing, without a trace twelve years earlier. Ravaged by guilt and her own personal demons concerning her twin's disappearance, Paige works for CHILD, an organization that deals with human trafficking
Jennifer Nethers
I appreciate the story this book is trying to tell and the awareness it is trying to raise. It starts off rather strong, reading almost like an FX procedural TV show that you want to binge watch. However the writing loses momentum and credibility when the "twists" end up to just be major plotholes or just complete story changes at the end of the book. Not twists in the sense that if you reread you'll notice how the pieces fit together but more like the author wanted to play God and make changes ...more
Samantha Bailey
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With LIES WE TELL OURSELVES, Steena Holmes proves once again that she is an absolute master of emotional suspense. This terrifying, expertly paced thriller has a ticking clock on every nail-biting page. The clever twists and turns lead the reader down a dark path, not sure who to trust until the last breathless line. A captivating read!
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a story. This is by far my very favorite Steena Holmes book to date. Each book is great but this one. This one just left me breathless. I am so honored to be a part of her advanced reading group. An influencer for her books. Thank you for that Steena.

This is a story that will leave you with so many feelings you won't know what to do with them all. The intense way this is written. The emotion, the fear, longing. The want to make it all ok for these women. This is a story that truly did
His Wife7474
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'll start by saying that I did not dislike this book. I thought it was just OK. Holmes succeeded in pulling me in for the ride within the first several pages and I was happy to go along! Unfortunately, she wasn't able to command my attention for the entire ride. It was like being on a car trip with someone whose company I really enjoy, but yet I couldn't stop staring out the window and daydreaming. Does that make sense? Probably not lol. Anyhoo...

Holmes pulls you in so you may as well buckle up
Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual Star Rating: 4.5

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Author: @SteenaHolmesAuthor
Publisher: #SH Press
Pub Date: 10/9/20⁣⁣
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On Tour: @katerockbooktours
Genre: #CrimeFiction #Mystery #Thriller
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My thoughts:

HOLY.HELL. These are the only two words I can think of to describe this book. Steena Holmes - you are a freaking GENIUS! I cannot believe I have waited this long to pick up a book by you. You just earned a spot as one of my MUST READ mystery/thriller
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for an edge of your seat page-turner, then Lies We Tell Ourselves by Steena Holmes is the perfect suspense novel for you.

Twelve years ago, Jessica Fischer vanished without a trace, leaving behind her mother, father, and twin sister, Paige. Paige has carried the burden of the guilt, the self-blame for not being their to protect Jess on that fateful a life on perpetual waiting for the moment Jess comes home.

As part of her penance, Paige works for CHILD, a group whose
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a thrill! You can tell how often my heart pounded through my chest by the amounts of deeps cracks in my book's spine. The story certainly has the reader clinging to the edge of their couch and jumping at any unexpected creaks in the floor.

The language painted the scenes so realistically without being over descriptive. The story was unique allowing for a female lead without making her love interest (Jamie) or father figure (Detective Lindsay) the villain/murder in a dramatic twist ending whi
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Steena Holmes for allowing me to read this ARC. Paige works for CHILD, Children Who Are Hidden, Lost, or Disappeared. She works with parents who have missing children, and because her twin sister went missing when she was a teenager the work means a lot to her. She is a great character - her empathy for her 'clients' is obvious. She is also flawed as her desire to find her sister leads to some poor decisions. The story has numerous timelines and sometimes it was hard for me to keep tra ...more
Heather Mulvihill
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We meet Paige Fischer, 16 year old identical twin sister of Jessica. Paige waits anxiously after school while Jessica flirts with another high school boy. Their dad has a rule of never walking home alone. Paige waits patiently for Jessica to finish up her conversation since she has to go to her job at the ice cream shop in town. Paige has had enough and leaves Jessica by herself to walk home. Paige comes home after her shift to found a police car in her driveway and her mom asking where Jessica ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sister who never gives up hope and her dream of finding her missing sister alive even it has been twelve years since her sister’s disappearance. And a story that detailed the heartbreaking cruelty surrounding human trafficking and exploitation of minors.

I took my time reading this book as I am sensitive to the subject matter. However, I found myself captivated by this story. Paige is relatable, and her love for her sister is commendable. She will stop at nothing to find her sister Jessica. Th
Ashley Fusco
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I feel like I’m going against the majority here, but I really didn’t love this book. I did like that it started off fast paced, and I liked the ending for the most part, although I found it really predictable.

The characters got under my skin! I hated Paiges helicopter parenting style, I hate the way she treated her fiancé and her mother and I couldn’t give her the sympathy I think the author wanted readers to. Meri was such a random character for me and I really don’t see how/why she fit into t
Elizabeth Mouser
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holmes has written a very raw, heart pounding, emotional, fast paced, have to know how it ends as fast as you can book!! The main storyline is a topic that is very real and actually happening every single day. This fast paced book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it! It was exceptionally written and I loved it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kate Rock
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic thriller from Steena Holmes. An unputdownable and twisty tale that keeps you flipping pages. I loved it!
Julie's Book Land Reviews
This was such a great novel. Highly recommend it.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Fasted paced read. A good suspense thriller keeps you on your toes and you never expect the secrets that comes out!
I highly recommend it!
Lauren Buckwalter
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t put this book down. It was gripping and suspenseful. The author did a great job of describing the horrors of human trafficking. It had me hooked from the first chapter.
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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series.

Her latest novel - LIES WE TELL OURSELVES - is out October 2020.

The Word Game was included in the Top 20 Novels to be Written by Women in 2015 by Good Housekeeping. The Word Game also won the 2015 USA Books Award for Best Fiction and her novel, The Memory Child was a finalist in the same categ

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