Friday 19 May 2017

The Lies Within by Jane Isaac #BlogTour @JaneIsaacAuthor @LegendPress #TheLiesWithin

Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.
Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter's body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace's only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.
DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him.
When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn't commit?
A gripping thriller perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah

The Lies Within by Jane Isaac was published in paperback by Legend Press on 2 May 2017 and is the third in the DI Will Jackman series.  I read and reviewed the previous book, Beneath The Ashes, here on Random Things in November last year.

DI Will Jackman is one of my favourite fictional policemen and Jane Isaac is fast becoming a favourite author. Yet again she has delivered a story that is extremely well written, there is a real air or authenticity to it, the police procedural details, the courtroom and the intricacies of the human psyche are all dealt with so very well.

Just as in the last of the series, The Lies Within begins with a prologue that is tense and mysterious, and shapes the whole of the story. A courtroom, a woman accused of murder, is she guilty?

Will Jackman is away from his home base in Stratford, He's working in Leicester and has been tasked with investigating procedural matters relating to old cases. However, when a young girl is murdered and the case has so many similarities to one of the old cases, Jackman has to get involved. Despite his lingering injuries from a previous case, and the tragedy of his beloved wife, laying in hospital in a vegetative state after a serious accident, he is a committed and determined police officer.

Whilst Jackman is certainly the lead character in The Lies Within, Jane Isaac has also created some wonderful female characters to support him. Not least of these is Grace Daniels, the mother of the murdered girl, and the accused woman of the prologue. She's sparky and intelligent, and grieving and angry. She's vulnerable, gullible and hurting, and it is this combination of emotions that lead her to prison, on remand for murder.

I was gripped by The Lies Within, it's twisty, emotional with superb characterisation and excellent psychological insight. I'm looking forward to meeting DI Jackman again soon.

My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and invited me to take part in this blog tour.

Jane Isaac lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in rural Northamptonshire, UK. Her debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the 'eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.' 

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as 'Thriller of the Month - April 2014' by and winner of 'Noveltunity book club selection - May 2014'. 

In 2015 Jane embarked on a new series, featuring DI Will Jackman and set in Stratford upon Avon, with Before It's Too Late. The second in the series, Beneath The Ashes, will be published by Legend Press on 1st November 2016 with the 3rd, The Lies Within, to follow on 2nd May 2017.

Both DI Jackman and DCI Lavery will return again in the near future. Sign up to Jane's newsletter on her website at for details of new releases, events and giveaways.

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  1. I'm gonna have to check this series out! The cover alone caught my attention! Love the review!

  2. Great review Anne. I am going to investigate book 1 and start from the beginning. I like that he's working on my patch! I wonder if he sounds like anyone I work with. ha ha.
    Thanks for sharing.