Synopsis: Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men. With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.
Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?
Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.
Another great book in The Village series. This reads really well as a stand alone but if you can read the other two books first they give great context to the story. Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and with her is Martin, who was one of the guys who kidnapped her. He is now claiming he loves her.
What this book didn’t give me, and for that I’m grateful, is Stockholm syndrome returned love. Sarah, growing up in an abusive household is rightly very wary of Martin and incredibly distrustful to start with as probably I would if someone had kidnapped me in the middle of the night. As much as the trust has been earned by the end of the book it’s no easy journey to get there. Sarah, though isn’t just questioning this young man but her upbringing, events that happened whilst captive and her parents behaviours. She goes through quite a bit and a lot of growing up.
The sub plot running through it is of her mother Dawn, now here’s a complex character and one I still haven’t decided if I like yet. Suffering a lifetime of physical and emotional abuse should make her a sympathetic character but she’s deeply religious and some of that comes out in the book in ways that I just couldn’t forgive her for. What’s not apparent is whether her religious mania has always been there or whether it’s a defense mechanism from her own abuse. She can be pretty verbally abusive herself and that took away some of my sympathy. However, that aside I did like her journey and how things in the book ended for her (trying to avoid spoilers). Dad (Ted) though didn’t get enough of a harsh punishment in my eyes (it’s kinda still in the air so that may change in Book 4).
It’s another fast pace story, the last 50 pages or so have the reader wondering just who did the murder/murders (there’s two separate things here) as practically everyone bar the cat is accused or admits guilt but it keeps the reader on their toes trying to separate the two things and the conclusion is really interesting.
Overall, great book and great series. Really enjoying these novels.
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07N5Z7F5R/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N5Z7F5R/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
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