4 Feb 2020


Book Review / All the Best Lies by Joanna Schaffhausen

The highly anticipated third novel in the award-winning Ellery Hathaway mystery series.

FBI agent Reed Markham is haunted by one painful unsolved mystery: who murdered his mother? Camilla was brutally stabbed to death more than forty years ago while baby Reed lay in his crib mere steps away. The trail went so cold that the Las Vegas Police Department has given up hope of solving the case. But then a shattering family secret changes everything Reed knows about his origins, his murdered mother, and his powerful adoptive father, state senator Angus Markham. Now Reed has to wonder if his mother's killer is uncomfortably close to home.

Unable to trust his family with the details of his personal investigation, Reed enlists his friend, suspended cop Ellery Hathaway, to join his quest in Vegas. Ellery has experience with both troubled families and diabolical murderers, having narrowly escaped from each of them. She's eager to skip town, too, because her own father, who abandoned her years ago, is suddenly desperate to get back in contact. He also has a secret that could change her life forever, if Ellery will let him close enough to hear it.

Far from home and relying only on each other, Reed and Ellery discover young Camilla had snared the attention of dangerous men, any of whom might have wanted to shut her up for good. They start tracing his twisted family history, knowing the path leads back to a vicious killer—one who has been hiding in plain sight for forty years and isn't about to give up now.

Published:     11th February 2020
Publisher:  Titan Books
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 3, Ellery Hathaway
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


Now this was what I have been waiting for for a while now.  A really good thriller that keeps me at the edge of my seat and has a twist at the ending I really wasn't expecting!  Despite the fact that I have not read the first two books in this series, I had no trouble picking this up, following the stories and the characters, especially Ellery.

In this story we mainly follow Ellery and Reed as Reed attempts to discover what happened to his mother who had died when he was a baby.  In fact, he was in a crib at the time when his mother was brutally stabbed.  After the murder, he was adopted by a family and up until how had a fairly happy life but Reed still wanted to find out what had happened.  We follow Reed and Ellery helping him as he talks to an array of characters which leads him down a path where he starts to question a lot of people and whether they have been telling him the truth both in the moment and for most of his life.

Although the middle part of this book was a bit slow for me, the pace of the first part and the last part certainly made up for that - and that ending...!!!!  That definitely took me by surprise.