BOOK REVIEW: WHERE THE TRUTH LIVES BY MIS SHERIDAN
This is a book review of bestselling author Mia Sheridan’s romantic thriller Where The Truth Lives. In this post, you’ll find a summary of the book, my evaluation of it, along with my rating score, a short teaser, as well as other details that I think are relevant in order to help you decide if this should be your next read.
Now, in case you aren’t aware, Where The Truth Lives is part of The Where… Series, being the second out of two novels. YOU SHOULD READ THEM IN ORDER because otherwise, you will miss out on a few emotions and experiences that come from knowing what happens in the previous book, Where The Blame Lies. I highly recommend you click on the link and read the review for that, in case you haven’t done so already.
Also, if you want to know more about Mia Sheridan and her stories, I put together a complex reading guide with all her novels and series. It contains everything you need to know to help you keep track of her work. Plus, you can download the FREE PDF guide and use it as a checklist.
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The book starts with a heavy prologue that takes the reader back to when Elizabeth Nolan (Liza) was just a child. She had a traumatic childhood, full of pain and loss, which will influence most of her decisions as an adult, as we get to see throughout the book.
Switching to the present time, Liza is now a grownup working as a doctor trying to help patients heal their traumas. One day, when she arrives for work, she discovers the dead body of the director of the local mental health hospital she works at. The body looks grotesque and tortured, and the police soon realize they have a sadistic killer terrorizing Cincinnati.
But to Liza’s surprise, the dead director isn’t the only familiar face she finds at the hospital. Cincinnati Police Detective Reed Davis met Liza a few weeks ago in a bar and had a one-night stand ending with her leaving before he could find out who she was.
As more victims appear, bearing the same vicious signs of attack, Liza and the police start to believe the killings are just small pieces of a puzzle only the murderer knows.
They put together the evidence and information they discover, and unexpected connections between characters start to unravel. But is Liza safe helping the police? And is she also a piece of the puzzle? During their collaboration, Reed and Liza start to care about each other and he will do anything to protect her.
Some characters have to fight for survival, others try to redeem themselves, while a few of them won’t stop until they save the lives of those they protect and care about.
RATING & THOUGHTS
Like most of Mia’s novels, Where The Truth Lives is a five-star novel for me. It has high suspense, plot twists, characters you can look up to, emotions, closure, and a happy ending.
Similarly to Where The Blame Lies, this one excels at the suspense element and it involves a little romance too. I think the relationship between the main characters is cute and doesn’t distract from the main mystery. That being said, I repeat what I wrote for Where The Blame Lies: this ISN’T a romance novel. It is mainly a thriller! Don’t read it just for the romance! Read it for the suspense!
In Where The Truth Lives we get to witness Liza and her pain, as well as the chemistry and bond she has with Reed. Then there’s Reed with his own complicated liaisons. He goes through his own personal process of self-discovery and affirmation.
Josie and Zach from the previous one appear in this too. What is the connection they share with Reed or Liza? I’m not going to tell you, so you’ll have to find out for yourself. Though this time, what brings them all together is the light in this dark plot that can make you addicted to Mia Sheridan’s words.
The majority of the book, though, focuses on the horrendous crimes that take place in Cincinnati. The plot is well-thought-out, with twists and turns that challenge your detective skills.
The characters are likable, and grow as the story progresses. As you get to know them better, they become like part of your family. You start rooting for them and even fear for their lives when some of them are in risky situations.
And at the end of it all, you get that closure that you need after surviving the ride.
TEASER FROM THE BOOK
“He’s drunk, Mady whispered, voicing what Liza suspected, but didn’t want to let herself believe. Cold dread settled in her stomach, far colder than the frigid air of the house that their father didn’t allow them to heat when he was gone. Please just let him pass out on the couch or in his bed. Please.
‘Shh,’ Liza said, trying to soothe her younger sister, even while panic sluiced through her veins.”where the truth lives, mia sheridan
WHO SHOULD READ THIS?
If you are addicted to high suspense thriller and mystery novels, definitely add this to your wish list! Also, if you are already a fan of Mia’s romance books and want to try something a bit different and darker, start with this series. Just know that they contain content that may be triggering for some people.
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