My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s been a couple hours since I finished reading Tangled Lies by Connie Mann (which I picked up free for review from NetGalley.com). At first, I was very satisfied with the ending. Now I’m left with the curious feeling that there could be more. I always feel that about happy-ever-afters. But I’m left wanting more from the characters. I wonder how mom will be, I wonder about the rebellious teen. I’m trying really hard not to give spoilers here. Needless to say, I want more.
In the tags, this book is described as a Christian fiction. And that element was there but it didn’t feel like the author was proselytizing and it didn’t seem preachy. What I came away with was that these felt like real characters who just happen to have a certain belief system. But they used their heads to figure out problems, they were flawed and tried to be better people. By the way, we never get to see the reasons the bad guys are the bad guys. But it felt okay not knowing as we viewed the world through the main character, Sasha and her male counterpart, Jesse. Information the reader gets is from their eyes.
Oh, the other thing in the tags, romance. Yeah, it was there but it was adult and independent rather than the codependent garbage usually out there. I not only didn’t mind it, I was happy with the process of watching two people navigate love’s waters. See what I did there? A book about sea captains?
Which brings me to the next element. The water, boats and captains. YAY! I was very impressed with the female, Captain Sasha, and her skills (the author is a captain so knows a thing or two about that life).
My favorite parts of the book were who rescues whom, when and how each of the main characters deal with their lives, and how they struggle to survive what life throws at them.
Throw in a sassy teen sister, and a loving mother who has cancer and you have a story with depth. The author kept me interested, sometimes wishing I could read faster to see what happens next.
I highly recommend this book if you like mystery and suspense. Great job, Captain!