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One woman is forced to question everything she knows in this domestic suspense novel from award-winning author Siri Mitchell. Georgie Brennan may be a world-class quantum physicist, but she grapples with life as a single mother after her husband is killed. When she receives a message from beyond the grave, it leads her to question the details of her husband’s death.


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One woman is forced to question everything she knows in this domestic suspense novel from award-winning author Siri Mitchell. Georgie Brennan may be a world-class quantum physicist, but she grapples with life as a single mother after her husband is killed. When she receives a message from beyond the grave, it leads her to question the details of her husband’s death.

30 review for State of Lies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    State of Lies by Siri Mitchell starts off as a family drama and soon escalates to a mystery. Sean and Georgie Brennan are a happily-married young couple who are parenting their young school-age son. While running an errand, Sean falls victim to a hit-and-run driver and is killed instantly. Life as Georgie knew it changes forever: she is now a single parent to her fatherless son and her job as a quantum physicist is in jeopardy. Her parents offer to help while her father, a four-star general, is State of Lies by Siri Mitchell starts off as a family drama and soon escalates to a mystery. Sean and Georgie Brennan are a happily-married young couple who are parenting their young school-age son. While running an errand, Sean falls victim to a hit-and-run driver and is killed instantly. Life as Georgie knew it changes forever: she is now a single parent to her fatherless son and her job as a quantum physicist is in jeopardy. Her parents offer to help while her father, a four-star general, is about to be appointed secretary of defense. A few month's after Sean's death, Georgie comes into possession of his notebook which details names and codes she is unable to decipher. She then notices that she is being followed and fears that someone wants to kill her and her son. Soon, she can't tell her friends from her enemies. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller and you won't be able to identify the bad guys from the good. Highly recommended. Thank you to Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    State of Lies by Siri Mitchell is the first book by this author that I have read. It was a quick, fun read although at times you really had to stretch your imagination. It was an enjoyable enough read but was just missing something for me. Georgie and her son are devasted when her husband Sean is killed in a car accident. Months later she learns that he had lied to her about where he was going. Combined with the missing computer and strange things starting o happen around her she decides to look State of Lies by Siri Mitchell is the first book by this author that I have read. It was a quick, fun read although at times you really had to stretch your imagination. It was an enjoyable enough read but was just missing something for me. Georgie and her son are devasted when her husband Sean is killed in a car accident. Months later she learns that he had lied to her about where he was going. Combined with the missing computer and strange things starting o happen around her she decides to look further into his death. She soon realises that she knew very little about who her husband was and wonders who she can really trust? Can she find out what really happened without putting herself and her son in danger? Thanks to Thomas Neilson and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    State of Lies was amazing. I wasn't sure when I started the book, as the first chapter was a bit different from other Christian Fiction books (intimacy between a married couple), but it was tastefully written and the suspense got intense right after that! I wasn't completely shocked by the villain and what was going on (I pretty much saw it coming right away), but even still I was hooked and couldn't read fast enough. I just HAD to know if I was right and how things were all going to State of Lies was amazing. I wasn't sure when I started the book, as the first chapter was a bit different from other Christian Fiction books (intimacy between a married couple), but it was tastefully written and the suspense got intense right after that! I wasn't completely shocked by the villain and what was going on (I pretty much saw it coming right away), but even still I was hooked and couldn't read fast enough. I just HAD to know if I was right and how things were all going to end. It was an awesome ending and I loved how things turned out. All in all, I loved State of Lies and recommend it. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Smart and engaging suspense!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This novel could be right out of today's headlines. Conspiracy theorists will love the plot centered on political intrigue. It made me really think about how an adversary country might blackmail some political leaders and gain an influence in our government. I liked that the heroine, Georgie, is a physicist. Mitchell included some information about quantum physics, relativity, and other topics in physics and related it to the developing plot. I like to learn something when I read fict This novel could be right out of today's headlines. Conspiracy theorists will love the plot centered on political intrigue. It made me really think about how an adversary country might blackmail some political leaders and gain an influence in our government. I liked that the heroine, Georgie, is a physicist. Mitchell included some information about quantum physics, relativity, and other topics in physics and related it to the developing plot. I like to learn something when I read fiction and there was quite a bit about the U. S. involvement in Bosnia as well as the bits about physics. I could have done without the initial bedroom scene. Although PG rated, it was an odd way to start a novel like this. It didn't add anything to the story and I would have preferred it not be there. Also, while this is a very good political thriller, there was no Christian influence or message in it, even though it is published by a “Christian” publisher. This is a good novel for readers who like political thrillers where the future of the nation hangs on the work of an amateur uncovering the truth. It is well written and very interesting to think about with respect to current events. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel by Siri Mitchell. Her first novels were contemporary Christian romance, and I enjoyed the writing and the humour. She then moved into Christian historical romance. I read a couple and enjoyed Flirtation Walk, but didn’t enjoy the other—I didn’t like the characters, and found the language bloated when compared with her contemporary reads. However, after reading the other reviews, I see mine was a minority opinion. I then read and enjoyed The Mi It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel by Siri Mitchell. Her first novels were contemporary Christian romance, and I enjoyed the writing and the humour. She then moved into Christian historical romance. I read a couple and enjoyed Flirtation Walk, but didn’t enjoy the other—I didn’t like the characters, and found the language bloated when compared with her contemporary reads. However, after reading the other reviews, I see mine was a minority opinion. I then read and enjoyed The Miracle Thief, the first of two general market historical novels released under the pen name of Iris Anthony. I thought it was a wonderful story, and was pleasantly surprised to find it actually had more Christian content than many of the Christian novels I read (and I’m not sure what it says about the publishing industry that the Christian publishers weren’t prepared to publish a novel featuring miracles, but a general market publisher was). And now Siri Michell is back, and writing in a fourth genre: romantic suspense. State of Lies is published by Thomas Nelson, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, and is like many current Thomas Nelson books: well-written with a great plot and characters, but no overt Christian content. Despite that, it’s a great read. Georgia Brennan is a physicist in Washington, DC. She’s married to Sean, a historian, is the mother of six-year-old Sam, and the daughter of a US Army general who might just be the next secretary of defence. Life is great. Sean is killed in a car accident on his way to pick up a part he needed to fix the kitchen sink. Months later, when Georgie goes to fix the sink, she realises Sean was lying. That starts Georgie following a trail of lies and leaves her questioning everything she knows to be true. The novel is Georgie’s story, written in first person point of view. She is an intelligent woman, which is something I always like to see in fiction. She is a strong character with a strong voice, a voice which drives the narration forward without slowing the pace. State of Lies is a brilliant thriller, with political and military links as befits the Washington DC setting. It’s well-written, with excellent characterisation, and just the right balance between red herrings and genuine clues … along with plenty of surprises. I like to be able to figure some things out when I read a thriller or suspense novel, but I also like to be wrong occasionally. I hope this is the first of many suspense novels from Siri Mitchell. Recommended for fans of the Criss Cross series by CC Warrens, and the If I Run trilogy by Terri Blackstock. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    DiAnn

    Incredible thriller, one of the finest I've read in a long time. Siri Mitchell's plotting took unpredictable up a notch, yet credibility reigned with a heavy dose of "what will happen next."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    *I was given this book to read by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own* I was not expecting this story. Actually, compared to her historical fiction it has a completely different tone. It's a thriller and kept me reading. I finished it in just under 24 hours and then I thought, "Oh, I think I may be the first reviewer on Goodreads." Scaryy! hehe! From a general mystery stand-point this story has everything that should be in a my *I was given this book to read by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own* I was not expecting this story. Actually, compared to her historical fiction it has a completely different tone. It's a thriller and kept me reading. I finished it in just under 24 hours and then I thought, "Oh, I think I may be the first reviewer on Goodreads." Scaryy! hehe! From a general mystery stand-point this story has everything that should be in a mystery. A grabber beginning, a plot, and the clues that led to the end. I was absolutely blown away! While my face kept a blank stare reading this, my brain was screaming in shock. I liked Georgie's POV. It really gave a neat perspective and seeing her fears and emotions of everything came across as authentic. The patriotism and standing up for what is right really played a factor in the end, the realization that the choices we make DO matter. The content of this book I would rate lower. The first scene in the book was an awkward start and there are a couple more scenes that imply sex scenes between a married couple...It's not in explicit detail, but the details that are given made me feel a squirmy. (view spoiler)[ a married couple go into a shower together and the scene ends, the married couple pressed close together that's written in an intimate way, one intense scene where desire for one another is very evident, kissing, etc. (hide spoiler)] There are several kisses exchanged by a married couple. Since I went into this book not expecting it to be under the Christian fiction genre, that missing factor in this book didn't completely shock me. Would I have appreciated it... yes, of course! All the Christianity talked about is Sam saying his prayers at night and some religious denominations mentioned that was part of the plot. Overall, I could rate this four stars because of how much I was held captive, although on average with the content coming into play, I would give it three stars. Recommended for adult readers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    5 Interesting Truths about the State of Lies Whooeee! This is book is one wild ride! (hint: that’s the first truth!) The problem is, I have to be careful about what I say because it’s almost like literally every single thing in this book is a twist and a spoiler for the next. Told from the first-person point of view, after about the third or fourth chapter, I didn’t even notice anymore. Georgie got under your skin and made you root for her—faults, virtues, and all. Eac 5 Interesting Truths about the State of Lies Whooeee! This is book is one wild ride! (hint: that’s the first truth!) The problem is, I have to be careful about what I say because it’s almost like literally every single thing in this book is a twist and a spoiler for the next. Told from the first-person point of view, after about the third or fourth chapter, I didn’t even notice anymore. Georgie got under your skin and made you root for her—faults, virtues, and all. Each character was so perfectly consistent that every nuance of the book made sense by the end. From childish malapropisms to personality quirks to absolute normalcies, the entire story unfolded bit by bit until you didn’t trust what you knew you knew. For what it’s worth, characterization was the second truth. She nailed every bit of it—even the lyin’, cheatin’, jerkface stuff. (Psst: that was number three!) As a military wife, Mitchell also nailed that military bit. Seriously, I live in a town full of navy people. I know what it’s like to live among them—to live with a man who works for the DoD. To have people ask me what my husband does, and when I give the nebulous answer I do, they say, “Well, he probably couldn’t tell you or he’d have to kill you.” People think that about this place. They’re both right and wrong. What Mitchell did so brilliantly in State of Lies is to take all the security and troublesome issues seriously without making them the overplayed “got your six” when someone’s following you down a hall like you’d see on military-show TV. Just sayin’. I’ve never ever heard a military person say that in casual conversation. Not once. Not saying it never gets said, but not like you hear on TV. And Mitchell… thank you for not cheapening your work with cliches and stereotypes that people expect. Bravo. The fourth truth you’ll find in State of Lies is that innocence isn’t an excuse for guilt. Yep, you read that right. Just because you didn’t know you did wrong doesn’t make that wrong okay. She shows this subtle spiritual lesson with such brilliant finesse that I’m still amazed by it. This is also a good time to point out my only real quibble with this book. Like most of Thomas Nelson’s books in the last eighteen months or so, the spiritual aspect has to be “discerned” rather than noticed, even. As much as I hate preachy books, I can honestly say that I think anyone without a Christian faith base would absolutely miss that this is from a Christian publisher. That makes me sad because as much as I don’t want a sermon rammed down my throat or disguised as a character or something, I really do want to be encouraged in my walk as a Christian when I read Christian fiction. Like I said, I really had to dig deep and pay attention to find it in here. On the flip side, she does something brilliant with sex inside marriage. Few authors handle it in a way that seems realistic and still clean. We see a healthy relationship without ever feeling like we’re intruding and yet not pretending it’s not a thing, either. It’s seriously the best I’ve ever seen. The fifth truth… is that God created so much more than we tend to give Him credit for. I’ve got a cool quote to back that up. Mitchell offers so many neat scientific facts presented in a way that makes you more interested in silly little things like quantum physics rather than bored by it all. Don’t believe me? Well, I bet you’ll never wish you could make time stand still again after you read this little nugget. People talk about black holes all the time. Even when they don’t know they’re doing it. Everyone who wishes they could stop time? The only point at which time ever stands still is at the edge of a black hole. Just before mass tips over the “edge” and is drawn into one, time freezes. If people knew that’s what their time stopping moment would be, they wouldn’t make that wish.” Yep. This is one fabulous book full of interesting facts so seamlessly woven into the story that you almost miss that it’s happened. It’s rich in character development, plot twists and turns, and amazing research. With careful attention to precise details and consistent character voice and growth,you just can’t go wrong! Loved State of Lies. I’m not sorry I requested and received the free review copy, but I am sorry I didn’t find more spiritual depth in the pages. Sigh.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    STATE OF LIES is one of those books that grabs the reader from the beginning and continues to pull them in as the climax builds towards the end. Full of political intrigue, conspiracy, and danger as the heroine finds herself in the middle of a plot against the country she loves and those dearest to her. Suspense fans will find much to love here! Don't start this book right before bed. I did and then couldn't put it down because I just had to know what would happen. It's quite a bit of STATE OF LIES is one of those books that grabs the reader from the beginning and continues to pull them in as the climax builds towards the end. Full of political intrigue, conspiracy, and danger as the heroine finds herself in the middle of a plot against the country she loves and those dearest to her. Suspense fans will find much to love here! Don't start this book right before bed. I did and then couldn't put it down because I just had to know what would happen. It's quite a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. Be prepared fro some good twists and turns as the story unfold. I immediately related to the protagonist, Georgie, who has been dealt quite a blow and is trying to keep her life on track and care for her son. I appreciated how the author left clues and bread crumbs here and there. Some were fairly easy and the heroine took a bit to catch on, but others were a little more difficult. Reading as she struggled with loss and finding not all is as it appears, was rough. Towards the end I literally did not trust anyone except for one person. Happily, in the end, I was wrong about a few people and right about others. I have just a few minor issues with the story. I felt like the situation was fairly complex and the storyline didn't always support it since there was really a lot going on and, as a reader, we're only getting one part of it through Georgie's eyes. I'm curious if there will be additional books about the other two situations or the fall-out that has to follow this story. My other issue is that the scenes between Georgie and her husband were perhaps a little more detailed than I expected and it surprised me. It means that I can't give this one to my teen daughter to read. In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this story. It kept a constant undertone of suspense and danger, had a likable heroine to cheer on, a touch of romance, and a story that will hold readers' attentions from beginning to end. Content: Some fade-to-black love scenes between a married couple, violence. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit Publicity, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Proving she can effortlessly weave in and out of genres with seamless ease, one of my all time favourite authors marries lively and engaging Aaron Sorkin-like canvases with the intensity of current popular thrillers like Gone Girl. An intelligent and page-turning experience, Washington is just one of the dimensional characters in this intersection of truth and lies.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    I'm usually not the *biggest* fan of political thrillers and if you aren't either, don't worry - this (to me) felt less political and more domestic suspense with a touch of military/political UH-OH! Also, I was surprised to find this is also considered Christian fiction. I'm not a religious person and don't mind some in a book but I never would've guessed as faith is barely touched within these pages. I'm not complaining by any means - I had a lot of fun with this read. It's a story t I'm usually not the *biggest* fan of political thrillers and if you aren't either, don't worry - this (to me) felt less political and more domestic suspense with a touch of military/political UH-OH! Also, I was surprised to find this is also considered Christian fiction. I'm not a religious person and don't mind some in a book but I never would've guessed as faith is barely touched within these pages. I'm not complaining by any means - I had a lot of fun with this read. It's a story that's familiar to me so I wasn't particularly surprised by any of the twists - though one part at the end was a little bit of a surprise (thank you - I do love that sordid twisty surprise). It's fast paced, easily a binge read and I absolutely love Sam and Alice (not even main characters, fyi). One thing I noticed is that there were some name mix ups during a couple of scenes that had me a bit puzzled but I'm sure this will be fixed in the final copy and it didn't deter from the enjoyability of the storyline. Weirdly I'm at a loss for words but I can tell you that I would recommend this read. There may be some things that seem familiar in terms of story line and not being much of a surprise for avid thriller readers. However, I found this read compulsive and easily got through it in a few hours. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of dying, we went through worm holes? Or would it???

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    This book is unlike any Siri Mitchell book you’ve already read. Get ready for a high-stakes plat that bobs and weaves before hitting you with an unexpected one-two punch. While I enjoyed the twists and turns of this story (and little Sam), I had a difficult time believing Georgia, a quantum physicist, was truly as clueless as to what was truly going on for the first half of the book. The woman is a genius but can’t put two and two together? However, there are so many moving This book is unlike any Siri Mitchell book you’ve already read. Get ready for a high-stakes plat that bobs and weaves before hitting you with an unexpected one-two punch. While I enjoyed the twists and turns of this story (and little Sam), I had a difficult time believing Georgia, a quantum physicist, was truly as clueless as to what was truly going on for the first half of the book. The woman is a genius but can’t put two and two together? However, there are so many moving pieces and possible suspects, the mystery moves along quickly. And the ending? Didn’t quite see that coming. The domestic suspense does get violent in places, and Georgia and her son are often targeted. Also, as others have mentioned, this book has zero spiritual content in it so it would be better categorized as a clean read than Christian suspense. Overall, an enticing and engaging story about a coverup and how deep the involvement goes. It will definitely keep you guessing. Content warning: While not descriptive, there are a few intimate scenes in the book with Georgia and her husband. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This book grabbed me right from the beginning, and kept pulling me in, with my heart in my throat, and fear for those I cared about. Whom do you trust here, and I felt like I was watching the evening news, yes, this story could be true. A little boy and his Mom dealing with the loss of their beloved Dad/Husband, and why? Be aware you will be up late trying to find out the answers here, and the bombshells keep dropping right up to the end, even locked doors won’t keep out the evil.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    I loved that this was a unique suspense novel with many twists and turns. I didn't love who the villains turned out to be, but in real life we come across bad people that appear to be good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    Siri Mitchell's State of Lies kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. There is non stop action and it wasn't until the last few chapters that the culprits became known. I loved the plot and the cast of characters was quite well developed. This book was very realistic and could be pulled from today's headlines. So grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and prepare to miss a bit sleep as you enjoy the story! I was given a copy of State Of Lies by NetGalley.com w Siri Mitchell's State of Lies kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. There is non stop action and it wasn't until the last few chapters that the culprits became known. I loved the plot and the cast of characters was quite well developed. This book was very realistic and could be pulled from today's headlines. So grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and prepare to miss a bit sleep as you enjoy the story! I was given a copy of State Of Lies by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Suspense is a wonderful genre to read in. I haven't read any of Siri Mitchell's historical fiction, but she started to write a suspense novel, and the synopsis sounded awesome, so I couldn't wait to read it. The story starts out pretty just like a suspense novel with a high tension moment setting the rest of the action for the story. Then about 42 percent into the novel, the plot turned toward a little different direction. I did have a hard time putting the novel down. I wanted to see what woul Suspense is a wonderful genre to read in. I haven't read any of Siri Mitchell's historical fiction, but she started to write a suspense novel, and the synopsis sounded awesome, so I couldn't wait to read it. The story starts out pretty just like a suspense novel with a high tension moment setting the rest of the action for the story. Then about 42 percent into the novel, the plot turned toward a little different direction. I did have a hard time putting the novel down. I wanted to see what would happen to Glorie as she tried to figure out with her father when he was in Iraq and with Sean. The ending did take a turn I didn't see coming, so I was surprised that Mitchell went that way. I didn't see it coming that way. The writing was good. I could see the characters and the setting as they played across my imagination. Overall, State of Lies by Siri Mitchell is a captivating written suspense with plenty of action and an unique storyline. It was a wonderful story to pass a couple of hours. I received a complimentary copy of State of Lies by Siri Mitchell from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Daniel

    Whoo! This was an exciting thriller! Slowly built up the creepy factor and then BAM! Left with goosebumps. Very good! I would recommend this book to anybody. Even though it's published by a Christian publisher, there was nothing in this book that was Christian fiction so I think it definitely has a widespread appeal. Highly recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I'm conflicted about this review because despite the well written page turner that it is, State of Lies wasn't the great read I hoped it would be. The most important element missing from this story, there is nothing of faith mentioned at all. Georgie is a brilliant physicist and a loyal family woman, but not once does she or any character turn to God in the chaotic plot. I also thought it was weird that despite her brilliance (and it is noted throughout because there is no way I would understand I'm conflicted about this review because despite the well written page turner that it is, State of Lies wasn't the great read I hoped it would be. The most important element missing from this story, there is nothing of faith mentioned at all. Georgie is a brilliant physicist and a loyal family woman, but not once does she or any character turn to God in the chaotic plot. I also thought it was weird that despite her brilliance (and it is noted throughout because there is no way I would understand the wiring of my house like she does or worm holes), she doesn't understand why her dog acts the way she does. Animals are VERY in tune to danger and people, Georgie misses every signal Alice gives that's important. It also didn't sit well with me that the bad guys go after Alice the dog and Georgie's young son in an effort to either distract her or just ruin her day. There was no way I could figure out who the villain was. I admired that Georgie survives as well as she does while grieving her husband and his secret job assignment and how it involves her. It was difficult for me to wrap my head around the mystery and wondering how Georgie doesn't lose her sanity on all the attacks surrounding her and her son. The beginning scene describes Georgie in bed with her husband, nothing inappropriate there, but later in the story there are two more sex scenes. One of them...well I just don't understand why this book is categorized as Christian fiction. This book is filled with intrigue, betrayal, secrets, and violence. I thought I could handle all it presented, but the writing is really descriptive of the people who get murdered. Again, I hoped a character in the story would mention God or prayer or a scripture verse...nothing at all. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy political intrigue and military operations (gone wrong), it definitely holds a lot of good information regarding those topics. I really hoped I would enjoy this, but I just didn't relate to Georgie at all even though I was rooting for her the entire time. The ending was one of the creepiest I've read in recent times and it happens on halloween night, but I didn't realize it would be so dark.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    In State of Lies Siri Mitchell has created a story that will suck you in and not let go. With twists and turns, international intrigue, and danger galore, this book reads like a psychological thriller mixed with healthy doses of suspense. It’s also wonderfully written with an attention to detail that had me seeing my former haunts in Arlington, Virginia.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    From page one I was gripped. This story is very fast pace, which is good because I couldn't put the book down. This was my first read by Siri Mitchell and I enjoyed her style. The plot and characters were interesting. It might be that I read a lot of suspense so I can usually line up the suspicious person pretty early on and was able to do that with a few, but there were still a few surprises that kept me on my toes. I definitely am looking forward to more contemporary reads by this author!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Is Azathoth

    STATE OF LIES is a remarkably engrossing political/military/governmental/domestic thriller. Yes, all those categories! I could not break away. This novel is a conspiracy theorist's dream landscape, because what is better than a conspiracy come true? Events in this powerfully impacting story prove the slogan of The X-Files: "TRUST NO ONE." Really, how well can you ever know your friends, colleagues, or family. Sociopathy wears many guises, as does psychosis, and doing wrong things for the right r STATE OF LIES is a remarkably engrossing political/military/governmental/domestic thriller. Yes, all those categories! I could not break away. This novel is a conspiracy theorist's dream landscape, because what is better than a conspiracy come true? Events in this powerfully impacting story prove the slogan of The X-Files: "TRUST NO ONE." Really, how well can you ever know your friends, colleagues, or family. Sociopathy wears many guises, as does psychosis, and doing wrong things for the right reasons. I seldom view a book as movie potential, but in this case I can see the appeal as film or mini-series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Last night was a “rough night” as in I couldn’t fall asleep. So after lying there for sometime restless with my brain pinging endlessly, I decided I might as well read. Have you ever picked up a book and immediately wonder how the author can weave such a plot? State of Lies by Siri Mitchell had. me. hooked. As in, I read the entire book in one session. As in my husband rolled over in the wee morning hours and asked if I ever sleep. (No. The answer is no.) My 6 o’clock alarm came very quickly… bu Last night was a “rough night” as in I couldn’t fall asleep. So after lying there for sometime restless with my brain pinging endlessly, I decided I might as well read. Have you ever picked up a book and immediately wonder how the author can weave such a plot? State of Lies by Siri Mitchell had. me. hooked. As in, I read the entire book in one session. As in my husband rolled over in the wee morning hours and asked if I ever sleep. (No. The answer is no.) My 6 o’clock alarm came very quickly… but this book was worth it. Better than any dream I could have dug from the back of my imagination. Action. Drama. Twists. Turns. Shattered Trust. Loss. Chaos. This book has it all. All espionage, political intrigue, danger, and lies. This novel is fast-paced and kept me guessing at the beginning, and totally engaged at the end. My only complaint is that it was too short… and I found the post-climax writing a little…. slow? I honestly was surprised at how much I liked it – political suspense and physicists aren’t really my thing…. but life-threatening incidents and doubts about everything and everyone, including yourself, while trying to maintain a normal existence? Dished up generously! This title is published by Thomas Nelson (generally considered a Christian publisher.) However, unlike other books by this author, it skated across that genre – it wasn’t offensive, but it wasn’t faith-centric, at all. This is a non-issue for me, but if you’re familiar with their publishings, this might catch you by surprise a little – no verses, no church, no questioning of beliefs – other than those our heroine has of those she loves and trusts. I definitely recommend it as an exciting read. Watch for it to hit shelves August 13th and pick up a copy for yourself. You’ll thank me. “I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley and the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The secrets of those closet to us can be the most dangerous of all. Months after her husband Sean is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missi I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The secrets of those closet to us can be the most dangerous of all. Months after her husband Sean is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew. With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father’s death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next Secretary of Defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains. Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too. The more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust. Not her friends. Not her parents. Maybe not even herself. Political intrigue novels are a favourite in our household and this book was inhaled rather quickly, first by my husband and then by me. (What a naughty boy reading my books ... lol) The plot is well crafted and the characters engaging - the physics are way beyond my comprehension but family "issues" are not. I was gobsmacked, though, to find that the author was known for her romance novels and not thrillers - #whodathunk ? Keep writing intrigue, Miss Mitchell, you have done a wonderful job!! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by Millenials on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 📚📚📚📚📚

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    When Georgia's husband Sean dies in an accident she and their young son Sam are devastated. Never did she think that there was anything unsettling about Sean's death. But when strange things start happening and she starts hearing noises in her home Georgia becomes nervous. Then when she finds out that Sean had lied to her the last night he was alive Georgia starts to investigate. It isn't long before Georgia realizes that her husband may not have been who she thought he was, and also that she ma When Georgia's husband Sean dies in an accident she and their young son Sam are devastated. Never did she think that there was anything unsettling about Sean's death. But when strange things start happening and she starts hearing noises in her home Georgia becomes nervous. Then when she finds out that Sean had lied to her the last night he was alive Georgia starts to investigate. It isn't long before Georgia realizes that her husband may not have been who she thought he was, and also that she may not be able to trust any of her friends around her. But Georgia is a truth-seeker and she refuses to be intimidated by danger as she searches to find out who wanted her husband dead and why. Well this was a different turn for me with this author! I have read her historical novels before, but never a contemporary piece. I loved it! This fit perfectly into my favorite genre of romantic suspense reads. Heavier on the suspense, but still a bit of romance. I loved the characters, and the intrigue of the setting was exciting and kept the book moving at a fast pace. Politics, social-climbing, murder, intrigue and cover-ups all wrapped up into one exciting must-read page-turner! I highly recommend!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    State of Lies is my first book by this author. An intriguing premise to the novel, and the thrilling storyline will keep readers guessing. However, this book felt more like a secular read to me than the typical Christian fiction I read. I think fans of suspense will still enjoy this novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I was emotionally invested from the first chapter of this fast-paced, intriguing story. I instantly felt the love this playful couple had for each other. Georgia would forever sear these moments in her memory. From the opening the reader is entertained by how this healthy, loving, married couple steals time away from their busy schedules to love one another before their son wakes up from his nap. The author writes in first person through Georgia eyes as the couple is interrupted by an alarming s I was emotionally invested from the first chapter of this fast-paced, intriguing story. I instantly felt the love this playful couple had for each other. Georgia would forever sear these moments in her memory. From the opening the reader is entertained by how this healthy, loving, married couple steals time away from their busy schedules to love one another before their son wakes up from his nap. The author writes in first person through Georgia eyes as the couple is interrupted by an alarming sound. Georgia can see her phone, it’s her mother. After the phone call Sean goes through Georgia’s to do list. He says he must go out and get a part to fix the sink. Out the door he goes. A few hours later two men in uniform knock at her door to tell her Sean has been in a horrific accident. He was dead. This couldn’t be happening. Surly they had the wrong house. Georgia is a brilliant physicist doing her best to cope these last eight months. It helped she had the support of wonderful friends and neighbors like Jim and June who became her surrogate parents and grandparents to her and Sam. Georgia starts to tackle fixing the sink her husband had worked on the night he never came back. She discovers the faucet didn’t need a part. Her husband had put a part in his pocket when he left that night. Sean (a one-time special forces soldier - working on a secret investigation) had lied to her. What was in his pocket? Where did he really go? More questions arise the day Georgia overhears her son, Sam playing a crazy game in the other room. She questions Sam. “You said Dad told you your hockey bag would be a good place to hide?” “Yes.” “When did he say that?...”When we played the “Bad Guys Game.” Sam explains the game ..”Curious what, did your Dad say about hiding in the couch?” …”it was pretty good. Not as good as some of the other (hiding spots) but if you’re in the living room when the bad guys come, it’s good…You stay there until the bad guys leave?” Georgia’s internal warning bells go off. She contemplates all the weird things that had been happening in a new light. Sean thought their family was in danger. There was no other reason to teach their son that game. She grabs the police report. The street where the accident took place wasn’t near a hardware store in any direction. She starts to investigate things through scientific methods she uses on her job. She looks for things that are in plain sight. When she looks at this situation that way, it’s a game changer. Just when you think you’ve got things figured out a new piece of information changes everything. This is a political/psychological thriller, following military operations gone wrong, that will have you burning the midnight oil. The authors life experiences as a military wife and business sense shine through this complex, compelling story. I’ve read a few of the authors other novels that were historical romance books with a natural spiritual thread running through them. She didn’t have any spiritual aspect interwoven in this novel that I could see. It still it was a fun, page-turning read that would work well for a book club pick. There is so much to talk about! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Catalogue front page www.bookfun.org

  28. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Departing from her usual genre of historical fiction, Siri Mitchell created a thrilling suspense novel that kept me wondering from start to finish. High-tensioned suspense that kept you tingling throughout this novel. In today's high-stakes political world, her premise was very realistic and the characters and actions quite believable. At times the story was so convoluted that it was hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. I knocked off 1/2 a point for two reasons. Siri Mitchell's books us Departing from her usual genre of historical fiction, Siri Mitchell created a thrilling suspense novel that kept me wondering from start to finish. High-tensioned suspense that kept you tingling throughout this novel. In today's high-stakes political world, her premise was very realistic and the characters and actions quite believable. At times the story was so convoluted that it was hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. I knocked off 1/2 a point for two reasons. Siri Mitchell's books usually contain a good spiritual thread whereas this had none. Also, I felt the conclusion was rather abrupt and did give me full resolution especially since this appears to not be book 1 of a series. Rating 4.5 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Boyd

    In a genre inundated with unreliable and unlikable narrators, it was refreshing to read State of Lies and find myself immediately rooting for the heroine. Set in Washington D.C. and revolving around the highest levels of the American government, this novel serves as a timely reminder of just how precious and fragile democracy really is. It’s a typical weekend for the Brennans, which means they have too little time and far too many errands. It’s ordinarily Georgie who does the home rep In a genre inundated with unreliable and unlikable narrators, it was refreshing to read State of Lies and find myself immediately rooting for the heroine. Set in Washington D.C. and revolving around the highest levels of the American government, this novel serves as a timely reminder of just how precious and fragile democracy really is. It’s a typical weekend for the Brennans, which means they have too little time and far too many errands. It’s ordinarily Georgie who does the home repairs but since their son Sam is sick, it’s her husband Sean who runs to the hardware store that afternoon to pick up supplies to fix a leaky faucet. Many hours later, after she has put Sam to bed, Georgie sits anxiously on the couch still waiting for Sean’s return when the police come to the door and advise her he has died in a car accident. Months later, Georgie sets out to fix the problem faucet and makes a startling discovery. The part Sean claimed he was taking to the store with him is still there which means that he lied to her about where he had been going that day. Georgie has been in a survival fugue until that moment, trying hard not to think about all she’s lost but she suddenly finds herself wide awake and questioning everything she’s been told about Sean’s accident. A look at the police report reveals the crash couldn’t have happened the way it purportedly occurred because the street the hit and run driver was on doesn’t intersect the street Sean was on. Favorite items that Sean routinely carried with him were never returned by the coroner. An additional search of his possessions reveals that Sean’s computer is missing from his attaché case, along with the security badge for his job at the Department of Defense. Georgie makes phone calls, and sends emails to try to track down answers, but the enigmatic responses she receives just leave her with more questions. More importantly, they paint a very different image of the last few months of Sean’s life than the one he had given her. Frustrated but uncertain where to turn for the truth, Georgie is contemplating what to do next when Sam leads her to an important clue. While he is running around the yard with a friend, she realizes that the spider lilies they had planted as a family have been removed and replaced with fall crocuses, a type of flower she despises. Digging them up reveals a metal box containing a cryptic notebook with jottings written in Sean’s hand. No longer certain of who her husband was and concerned as to what he’d been involved in, Georgie determinedly seeks answers to the numerous questions raised by his death. Before long she makes two startling discoveries – she can trust no one, not her friends, her neighbors, not even her politically ambitious parents. The second shocking revelation? Someone is willing to kill her to keep her from learning what Sean was up to. See the rest of my review at https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    In State of Lies, Georgie's husband is killed in a car accident. Months later, she begins to discover that her husband may not have been who she thought he was. As she uncovers the many secrets he kept, she realizes that her son and herself are in danger. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I'm not usually into spy novels, but I love to try out new books. I am excited when they end up being as good as this one. I read this book in one sitting. I was sucked righ In State of Lies, Georgie's husband is killed in a car accident. Months later, she begins to discover that her husband may not have been who she thought he was. As she uncovers the many secrets he kept, she realizes that her son and herself are in danger. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I'm not usually into spy novels, but I love to try out new books. I am excited when they end up being as good as this one. I read this book in one sitting. I was sucked right in and didn't want to put it down until I found out the truth along with Georgie. The plot was laid out very well with just the right amount of information doled out at the right time. I was kept guessing, although I did call one plot line. But I didn't mind because there were still many surprises. I loved Georgie's character. She came across realistically as a grieving widow trying to put her life back together and push forward for her and her child. I could sympathize with her inner struggle about whether or not to delve into the things she had uncovered. I won't say much else about the book as I won't want to spoil anything. I highly recommend this one.

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