Today through the 22nd of April, Liars’ Games, is free as a Kindle download on Amazon.com. I hope you’ll get your copy. Please help spread the word!
It’s the first book in a new suspense/thriller series set in the U.S., but it is connected to my Outsiders mystery series. Book three of the Outsiders, Winter Tears, is due out in early June and it brings some characters from Liars’ Games to the French village of Reynier. I have considered making Liars’ Games the third Outsiders book. The main reason I haven’t done it yet is that Liars’ Games and its sequel, The Secret Town, are set in the U.S. The Secret Town is in the works but not finished yet. I guess for now Liars’ Games could be unofficially known as book 2.5 of the Outsiders series. The protagonist Juliet/Claire is most definitely an outsider no matter which book she is in.
Here’s what Liars’ Games is about:
Dr Juliet Powell, a genius math professor, is not a failure. She excels at most everything, but entering witness protection becomes her greatest challenge yet and may be her downfall. At first, the thought of becoming a new person and losing the stigma attached to being a child-prodigy seems a godsend. At last she can be seen as normal—like everyone else. But as the reality of her situation sinks in, she struggles with the lies and secrecy. She tells herself she will eventually adapt to her new life, but with each new identity comes more stories and more chances of getting them entangled. She’s getting further and further away from who she really is. When she blows her cover yet again, her handler, Brad Meyers, warns her this is her last chance. She needs to blend in like a chameleon and play the game, but how can someone who has always believed in honesty suddenly become a convincing liar?
Compounding her problem with this new move, a political maneuver not of her choice and not within the usual rules of witness protection, ensconces her in the role of principal at a Denver high school full of gangs, drug dealers, and disgruntled employees. And then, when she discovers that a stranger is watching her and her young son, and her handler can’t or won’t move her, she must decide whether to run away and take her chances, or stay and fight to make the school safer. It’s a book that on the surface deals with school violence and fear, but at the heart of it is a woman’s struggle with lying and deception, trust, self-identity, and the moral decline of society.