State of Lies by Siri Mitchell (Throwback Book)

This month for our Throwback book we’re diving into State of Lies by Siri Mitchell. It is like stepping into a domestic thriller of a roller coaster with strong characters, political intrigue, a mystery, and a journey that keeps you guessing.

State of lies

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State of Lies

By Siri Mitchell
Genre: Political Thriller, Thriller

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.

As she follows the clues he left behind, her discoveries increasingly implicate those closest to her. When her father is nominated as the new United States Secretary of Defense, she must uncover the truth before his confirmation hearing—even as the same people who killed her husband are now after her. Nothing is at is seems. Lies are truth; enemies are friends. Even her child is at risk. As every possibility but one disappears, Georgie may find herself to be the antithesis of everything she’s thought herself to be.

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Review of State of Lies

Let’s just start with the first chapter in State of Lies. Can I say WOW? Is that allowed in a book review? Siri Mitchell gives us one of the best first chapters I have ever read before. It grabbed my attention as nothing else has in a long time. I picked it up to read when I only had a short time and boy was that a mistake. I could not stop thinking about the story and what was going to happen next.

In the first chapter, we are introduced to some of the intrigue, relationships, and mystery that Siri Mitchell weaves with great skill. It made me think in what-if scenarios (i.e. what if I was in Georgie’s or Sean’s shoes?), and I felt like the characters in the story were fleshed out well.

As I picked up State of Lies to finish the reading, the book continued to unfold much like that first chapter. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. It was such a thrilling ride to figure out how all the clues fit together and seeing the ending. I mean, again, Wow. This book left me giddily smiling to the point my husband asked me what was wrong. I, of course, had to explain the plot and told him he really would only understand if he read the book.

The whole book flowed in an edge of your seat way that had me flipping pages, not rushing, but letting you get a feel for the thoughts and emotions of the characters. As I said, after reading the first chapter I was well and truly hooked. The rest of the book kept that same momentum for me, and I highly recommend reading this book.

About the Author

Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

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