State of Lies by Siri Mitchell: Book Review with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: State of Lies
Author: Siri Mitchell
Release Date: August 13, 2019
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.
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I thought I had it all figured out.
Maybe I was naive in my line of reasoning. Either way, State of Lies threw me for a loop. There for a minute, I thought we might actually get into an Interstellar moment and have characters living in another dimension.
The storyline is convoluted enough that you’ll be second-guessing yourself and be unable to stop reading because you simply must find out the truth. I won’t drop any spoilers, but I didn’t figure it out. Everything Georgie knew about her life is about to come under fire.
I will say, however, the genre of Christian Fiction does not fit. If you look on Amazon, State of Lies is listed as Domestic Thriller and Christian Fiction. Unless I completely lost my marbles, there are no Christian elements in the novel. But it is a good, clean read that is more than welcome to stay on my shelf.
There are some mentions of intimacy, but nothing graphic. Same with the violence and thriller aspects of the work. They’re there, but not in-your-face blatant remarks.
Georgia Ann is quite the character. She’s suffered a great deal, and nothing is more important to her than her son. And when you mess with mama bear’s cub, you better be ready to face the firing squad. Georgie won’t be looking to take prisoners.
Georgie’s story is proof that the obvious answer is so often overlooked because we’ve numbed ourselves to the sameness of our routine. Once she learns to analyze everything, the truth can no longer hide.
If you love high-action thrillers, give this one a try. I couldn’t put it down.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Siri Mitchell is the author of 14 novels. She has also written 2 novels under the pseudonym of Iris Anthony. She graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and has worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri is a big fan of the semi-colon but thinks the Oxford comma is irritatingly redundant. Visit her online at sirimitchell.com; Facebook: SiriMitchell; Twitter: @SiriMitchell.
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A Sense of Place
I’m so excited about the release of State of Lies! Among the many reasons for my excitement is the fact that I set the story in my own home town: Arlington, VA. Here are some things you might not know about Arlington:
- Arlington was originally included within the borders of Washington, DC.
- Arlington isn’t actually a city – it’s a county. We’re the smallest self-governing county in the nation.
- Arlington regularly takes the top spot as the most educated place in the country.
- Arlington LOVES books. I count at least a dozen different little libraries in my neighborhood alone.
- Our region often has a hurricane warning or two every hurricane season. Can you guess where I’ve seen the longest lines when people start to make last-minute preparations? It’s not the grocery store; it’s not the hardware store. It’s the library! (Why wouldn’t you stock up on books too?)
- We host Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial, and the Pentagon.
- We are home to the very first Five Guys hamburger joint location.
- We are also home to the headquarters of over a dozen national agencies as well as organizations like Rosetta Stone and Nestlé.
- People who attended our high schools include Sandra Bullock, Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLaine, Katie Couric, and Patch Adams.
- The thing I love most about Arlington? Its people. Countless government contractors members of the federal workforce live here. I number them among my friends and neighbors. I’ve never met a group more dedicated, more informed, or more determined to put their expertise to good use. And guess what? My heroine, Georgie Brennan, is one of them!
The Pentagon and Washington, DC