REVIEWED BY DEBS CARR
Having survived a strict upbringing with their Aunty Beatrice, conwomen Abbey Gifford and her beautiful sister Charlie are determined to make a living duping rich men in order to support themselves and their shy, but technically minded, younger brother Kit.
All goes well until Abbey is struck by lightening, putting the end to her ability to tell lies. Not a good thing when your livelihood depends on you weaving fictitious details about yourself. Despite her best efforts she is unable to lie to anyone who asks her a question, and gorgeous Detective Mike Flynn who is on their trail, has no hesitation in asking her plenty of them.
Certain they are in danger now that dangerous crook, Freddie has promised revenge having realized they have conned him out of £30,000, Mike Flynn does his best to keep up with them, despite their constant moving from place to place and Charlie’s determination to keep her family one step ahead of everyone.
Being uncharacteristically honest is not Abbey’s only dilemma. She has been experiencing flashbacks, taking her to the night their mother disappeared seventeen years before leaving them with nothing but a tin of simple mementos and the memory of her walking away in her blue high heels. Wondering what could have happened to their mother, Abbey decides to use her expertise and Mike’s connections to try and trace her last movements, hoping to find some answers to enable the three of them to put her memory to rest once and for all.
Even her sister Charlie finds their latest mark, a handsome professional footballer called Philippe, who also happens to be a devout Catholic with an over protective mother, a little harder on her conscience than previous ones. Will the thought of their stash of money and jewels be enough to keep Charlie focused on the job, or will Freddie’s henchmen find the siblings first putting an end to all their plans?
I loved this book. It’s well written and faced paced. I wasn’t sure about the concept of the heroine being struck by lightening and then having to be honest to everyone, but it worked well with the story. All Abbey Gifford wants is for her and her siblings to be able to live a normal life, and as the drama increases through the book, you begin to wonder how it can possibly happen. The ending is satisfying and everything is nicely brought to its conclusion making this a thoroughly enjoyable read.