This review is based on a complimentary book I received from First Reads. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.City of Lies by Victoria Thompson
Series: Counterfeit Lady #1
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: First Reads
Length: 10 Hours
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Elizabeth Miles scours 1920’s Washington, D.C. for a killer in the first Counterfeit Lady novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling Gaslight mysteries.
Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…
Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.
She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son Gabriel is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. She knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gabriel. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time within this gilded orbit, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.
City of Lies was the type of book that only got better as it went on. At the start, I was introduced to Elizabeth Mile’s character and grifter ways, which I found most interesting. When things went bad with a deal, she wound up taking part in a suffragist march in order to try and throw some thugs off of her trail. Only that did not go as she had planned.
I will say that I enjoyed reading about the suffragists movement because I tend to take my civil liberties for granted and I forget that my rights as a woman was only because of the many brave women who came before me. So, this story made me remember and appreciate that and for that I am grateful. Elizabeth was not a suffragist nor did she really care about their movement per say but she certainly grabbed onto the ruse if only to save her skin.
While she was wrapped up with the situation she was in, Elizabeth also met some women who were kind to her and looked after her. Soon they doted on Elizabeth and made it impossible for her to part from their company, especially when Oscar Thornton caught wind of where Elizabeth was staying. It quickly becomes obvious that in order for Elizabeth to live any sort of life she was going to have to pull off the con of a century, even when it meant risking her newly acquired friendships. Even in one case risking something more precious than mere friendship.
When I start reading City of Lies I was interested but then it slowed down for me a bit and I really felt like ‘putting it down,’ the main reason I kept reading was that I truly loved the character of Gideon Bates and whenever his chapters came along I became excited again. The something changed and I became actively involved in the story again. BY the time the ending came along I was really excited and happy for the ending. City of Lies is a story that surprised me and although I felt it was a little slow once it took off it was a gem!
*Thank you to First to Reads for this eARC of City of Lies*