Tell Me Lies

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Title: Tell Me Lies

Author: Cruise, Jennifer

Publication Date: 1998 (hardcover); 2004 (paperback)

Number of Pages: 322 (hardcover); 369 (paperback)

Genre: Romance; Contemporary

Geographical Setting: Frog Point, Ohio

Time Period: Contemporary – late 1990s

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: While innocently cleaning her husband’s car, Maddie Faraday, finds a pair of black thong panties under the driver’s seat of his car. Faster than Maddie can confront her husband, Brent, about his extramarital activities, she and her best friend Treva uncover a laundry list of his misdeeds that including cheating, embezzlement, and a plan to skip town and flee to South America. As Maddie’s world begins to crumble an old high school flame, C.L. Sturgis, returns to their small town of Frog Point, Ohio, ready and willing to rescue Maddie and her eight-year-old daughter Em. Things get even more complicated, when Brent is found dead and Maddie becomes the police department’s prime suspect. As gossip in town begins to swirl, Maddie and C.L. work to find Brent’s true killer and exonerate Maddie. As they come closer to the truth Maddie and C.L. become romantically involved. Ultimately, is revealed redeems Maddie, but shocks and stuns the residents of Frog Point, giving them plenty of good gossip.

Subject Headings: Small own life; Extramarital relations; Gossiping and gossips; Marriage; Husband and wife; Eight-year old girls; Murder; Truthfulness and falsehood; Deception; Mother and daughter; Mother and adult daughter; Secrets; Ohio

Appeal: easy, fast paced, quirky, well developed characters, character centered, domestic, multiple plotlines, racy, resolved ending, romp, sexually explicit at times, steamy, contemporary, humorous, romantic, sensual, small town, sexy, charming, candid, concise, suspenseful

Similar Authors and Works (Fiction): Philips, Susan Elizabeth – Ain’t She Sweet (small town, second chances, revenge, deception, contemporary romance) Evanovich, Janet and Charlotte Hughes – Full Scoop (secrets, scandal, mother and daughter relationship, mystery, suspense, humorous) Andrews, Mary Kay – Little Bitty Lies (men and women relationships, deception, lies, best friends, suburban setting, contemporary)

Similar Authors and Works (Nonfiction): Dunbar, Robin – Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language (analyzes the human rituals surrounding gossip and how humans rely on gossip to maintain contact); Edelman, Hope – Mother of My Mother: The Intricate Bond Between Generations (examines the relationships between mothers, daughters, and granddaughters and how these relationships can impact a woman’s life and development) Gertler, Stephanie and Adrienne Lopez – To Love, Honor, and Betray: The Secret Life of Suburban Wives (individual stories of suburban wives and their stories of marriage, infidelity and love)

Name: Joanna

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