Tuesday, February 11, 2020

COLLISION OF LIES by Tom Threadgill, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney and Paula Shreckhise

'Help me, Mom'. That's all it said."

Three words. From the woman's dead son. Even a property crimes detective couldn't completely ignore the feeling that there was more to the message than a simple coincidence. But what? And why?

Assuring the frantic parents that she would have "one of our tech guys take a look" at the phone, detective Amara Alvarez tried to put the bizarre incident out of her mind. End of story, except that it wasn't. And the story that followed would take Amara and many of her co-workers deep into a world that they never knew existed. . . . all because of a tragic train wreck in Cotulla, Texas that killed seventeen children on a school bus.

This book is a journey, drawing its readers and characters onto a path that is both curious and intelligent; all while knowing that there is a last page, but definitely not knowing what will be written there.
*I received this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews

Wow! Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill is my kind of suspense story.

With a strong main protagonist and a fresh, unique plot, this one captured my interest from page one. It was like watching an excellent police procedural without the usual cursing and questionable private activities of the characters. But it did not lack in any aspect. It was gritty at times, intriguing and kept moving at a good clip. I didn’t want to put it down.

Amara Alvarez is a detective in Property Crimes but longs to transfer to Homicide. By chance, she discovers something interesting about a horrific accent from three years ago. Then, one by one, the clues surface and she can’t help but put them together. The story unfolded in a mesmerizing way and the characters were well developed. A nice contrast to the intensity was the banter in the squad room especially between Amara and her co-workers. The scenes with her pet Iguana were priceless.

A sneak peak into the next book in the series calls for more interesting cases with Detective Amara Alvarez on the job. I’ll be looking up more books by this amazing author.  A very strong 5 stars!
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not obligated to provide a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she's correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie.

With time running out, Amara must convince others--and herself--that despite all evidence to the contrary, the boy lives. And she will do everything in her power to bring him home.

A fresh voice in suspense, Tom Threadgill will have you questioning everything as you fly through the pages of this enthralling story.

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  1. This book sounds very intriguing and very suspenseful , like a very good page turner! Thank you so very much for sharing about it, it sounds like a must read for me! I will be adding it to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing your review on this book.

  2. I like that it is a bit unusual (aka 'fresh') and this is a new-to-me author, though not his first book by any means. I appreciate that our reviewers find ways to bring a variety of stories to our attention! thanks so much Rebecca and Paula!


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