Clint Masters is moving on with his life. He has taken a leave of absence from his high-tech company, CatSat, and in just a few more months his divorce will be final. He’s happy and part of this happiness is due to his relationship with Beth Sutton. Things are going well until he returns to Beth’s home one morning to find that she has disappeared. He knows things are not what they seem when he finds that her dialysis machine is still in her home and that her uncle, the Supreme Court Chief Justice, has come up with an unbelievable story to cover her absence. Just when it doesn’t appear as if things could get any worse, his soon-to-be-ex appears and tells him she’s pregnant and it’s his child.
3 Lies is filled with action (not the bang-bang shoot’em-up kind although there is a little of that as well), suspense and deceit. While Clint attempts to find out the truth behind Beth’s absence, he discovers that she’s actually been kidnapped. He then discovers that there is a family member or friend missing that has ties to each of the Supreme Court justices. The justices are told not to inform the authorities but they are never asked to change their votes or positions on any upcoming cases. To make matters worse, Beth has not had dialysis in several days and her life is truly endangered by this fact alone. He also has to contend with his ex, who has decided she wants a reconciliation. Is it too little too late even if there’s a child involved? Things really get interesting when the CIA launches their own internal investigation into an old code that shows up one day, a possible computer worm, and 10 missing agents with loose ties to the Middle East.
Not everything in this story made sense to me, such as why the Supreme Court Justice is residing in Boston while supposedly being active on the court in Washington DC? Does he commute daily or is he a telecommuter? I wondered about this but it doesn’t really distract from the overall story. Ms. Hanson filled this story with numerous twists and turns that kept me wondering how does this tie in? I also hoped and prayed that Beth, and the other hostages, would get rescued in time. 3 Lies raises the question of who can we really trust? Can we trust the government or her agents? Can we trust family and friends? How far will a person go to protect themselves and their vested interests no matter how perverted? If you’re into suspense thrillers, then I suggest you add this to your to-be-read list.
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