The truth is far more complicated than that. I love my wife. I hate her too. I loved the idea of us. But— and this is hard to admit to myself— that was a while ago.
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No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing.
Adam and Sophie Warner and their three-year-old daughter are vacationing in Washington State’s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the perfect getaway to unplug—and to calm an uneasy marriage. But on Adam’s first day out on the water, he sees Sophie abducted by a stranger. A hundred yards from shore, Adam can’t save her. And Sophie disappears.
In a nearby cabin is another couple, Kristen and Connor Moss. Unfortunately, beyond what they’ve heard in the news, they’re in the dark when it comes to Sophie’s disappearance. For Adam, at least there’s comfort in knowing that Mason County detective Lee Husemann is an old friend of his. She’ll do everything she can to help. She must.
But as Adam’s paranoia about his missing wife escalates, Lee puts together the pieces of a puzzle. The lives of the two couples are converging in unpredictable ways, and the picture is unsettling. Lee suspects that not everyone is telling the truth about what they know—or they have yet to reveal all the lies they’ve hidden from the strangers they married.
🖋 About the Author : Gregg Olsen
Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written ten nonfiction books, ten novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen’s Snapped, Court TV’s Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E’s Biography.
📚 Series: No
📚 Genre: Mystery/Thriller
📚 POV: Multiple First Person
📚 Cliffhanger: No
⚠ Content Warnings: Abduction, Murder, Infidelity, Sexual Assault, Alcoholism, Drug Use, Infertility Issues, Mental Health Issues
⚠ Read if: you are a domestic violence thriller fan.
Lying Next To Me is my first read from this author but I am thankful to have found a new favorite psychothriller writer! Gregg Olsen had me hooked from the start. His writing is very character emotion based that will really draw you in and make you so involved.
Adam Warner was a first hand witness of his wife, Sophie’s abduction. What was supposed to be a Memorial Day weekend cabin vacation with their little girl Aubrey turned his whole life around. Narrated through Adam, two lead detectives on the case and the other people who were checked in on the other two cabins, this reads like a crime movie or documentary that will really make you keep guessing and eager to find out who did it.
I am amazed with how Gregg Olsen molded his characters. I felt empathy for Adam and was really rooting for him. Then, I was doubting him. Then, I was believing him. It was insane. I was, of course, mad at Adam’s father-in-law, Frank, who was the rudest of them all. Also was mad at Helen, the perfect doormat of a wife.
This was such an emotional rollercoaster but I am 100% happy and satisfied.
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
🌻 Hero:⭐⭐⭐⭐ Assumed as Adam.
🌻 Heroine:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Assumed as Lee.
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐
☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.54/5 ☁
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