Book Review: All the Best Lies, by Joanna Schaffhausen

All the Best Lies, by Joanna Schaffhausen

All the Best Lies by Joanna Schaffhausen

Published by Minotaur Books on February 11, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 336

Source: Netgalley

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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.

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The third book in Joanna Schaffhausen’s Ellery Hathaway series, All the Best Lies continues the story of Ellery and her friend and FBI agent Reed Markham.

In this installment we begin to learn more about Reed’s backstory as he investigates the forty year old cold case of his mother’s murder. And since he can’t trust his own family when he discovers the secrets they’ve been keeping, he naturally enlists Ellery’s help. These characters evolve wonderfully in not only this book, but in the overall story arc as well. When I read the first book in this series, The Vanishing Season, there was no note of the series name and I had wondered if it would become a series and whether it would follow Ellery or Reed as it could have gone either way. And I’m glad that although it’s named for Ellery, it really follows both characters as they come together at different points.

There are so many crime thriller series out there, it can be hard to decide which to pick up. This particular series stands out in its versatility. In following these particular characters, each book develops them as individuals and explores different aspects of their relationship as new episodes occur. And this book was no different, with a tightly woven plot that is unique and stands on its own.

In the end, All the Best Lies was fast paced and thoroughly entertaining. Recommended for readers looking for a unique crime thriller. You could read this as a standalone, but you’d miss the chemistry that evolves between the characters, so I’d suggest starting with The Vanishing Season.

*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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