Behind the lie A novel

Emilya Naymark

Book - 2022

A transplant to the upstate New York hamlet of Sylvan, all Laney wants is a peaceful life for herself and her son. But things rarely remain calm in Laney's life - and when her neighbourhood summer block party explodes in shocking violence and ends with the disappearance of her friend and another woman, she'll need all her skills as a PI to solve a mystery that reaches far beyond her small town. Laney's personal life unravels as she's drawn into her missing friend's dark secrets. With treachery blazing hot as the searing summer sun, Laney fights to save lives, her family's included. Author of "Hide in Place."

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Detective and mystery stories
New York : Crooked Lane Books 2022.
Main Author
Emilya Naymark (author)
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1 volume ; 21 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Naymark's excellent sequel to 2021's Hide in Place, a block party turns violent in upstate Sylvan, N.Y., where PI Laney Bird, a former NYPD detective, and Alfie, her troubled 15-year-old son, resettled four years earlier. Toward the end of the festivities, Oliver Dubois, the husband of Laney's friend Holly, uses a neighbor's pickup truck to smash through the front door of his own home. When Laney hears fire engines, she rushes to a nearby burning house, where the truck's owner, Step Volkin, is inside bleeding from a gunshot wound. Both Step's wife, Vera, and Holly go missing, along with Laney's firearm. When Alfie, who has committed arson in the past, is evasive about his whereabouts at the time of the fire, Laney fears her son has crossed a line. She sets out to find the truth, uncertain whether to conceal or expose it. Naymark hits the rhythms of small-town life perfectly and maintains tension by alternating perspectives. Lisa Unger fans will want to take a look. Agent: Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Services. (Feb.)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

More domestic-based skulduggery for ex--NYPD officer Laney Bird, this time emanating not from her home but from that of her neighbor and best friend. As in Laney's debut, Hide in Place (2021), Naymark kicks off with a bang, as Oliver Dubois, head scientist at Calypso Technologies, interrupts an all-out party Laney's friend Holly is throwing by ramming a truck he's borrowed from Step and Vera Volkin into his own front door. The chaos that ensues is multiplied even further when the guests find Step shot in the butt and Vera missing. Asking not whodunitbut how's that again, the tale skips back and forth between present and past and between the two friends. Laney keeps asking her son, Alfie, a 15-year-old who's already lived through enough melodrama for a lifetime, if he got into her safe and took the gun that the Sylvan Police Department has identified as the weapon that shot Step. Paranormal romance novelist Holly's pretense of having it all is undermined by the fact that she's been "cannibalizing her own well-being" to support her adult brothers, one of them a divorced veteran of addiction and rehab, the other suffering from lymphoma. A particularly loaded flashback shows Holly rescuing Vera from drowning, correcting the mistake she made 20 years ago when she failed to save her drug-addled sister, Abigail Spencer, from just such a fate, and Oliver, whom she'd suspected of being sweet on Abigail, had pulled Holly from the water instead. The complications (and there are plenty more) that follow are florid but not believable or even particularly suspenseful, especially given the assurance that Laney is presumably marked for survival. You have to sympathize with the franchise heroine, who finds herself "losing track of the victims in this mess." Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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