March 2

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Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill, Review by Barbara Ellin Fox

By BarbaraEllinFox

March 2, 2020

Collision of Lies, Suspense, Tom Threadgill

My blog intention isn’t to write lots of reviews but I read another good story that I want to share with you, especially those who love suspense and police procedure stories.

Collision of Lies

Collision of Lies is a story about a school bus/ train collision in south Texas. It’s a case that was tragic but fairly simple, clear cut you might say, but was it?

Collision of Lies will keep your mind engaged from the beginning to the end. I enjoyed the intricacies as the plot unfolded and Amara came to her conclusions. I also liked the way Amara continued to have insight which showed the reader she really should move to homicide. She was brilliant and intuitive without having it overdone. And who doesn’t love a woman that when pushed just a hair too far has a defense reflex. Nice.

Characters

Characters are an important part of a story for me. Without people I care about, a story becomes an account of an event. I loved the characters in Collision of Lies. They differed from each other, so I knew who they were, although the FBI guys and the Police Chief were fairly typical. But that also made them easy to follow.

Dr. Pritchard lives inside his own mind and I could track how he’d go off on a tangent when someone used an expression with an origin. I found that much more interesting and relatable than eating Cheetos with chopsticks. Chopsticks make sense! After all, who wants that orange stuff on their fingers?

I wanted a clearer picture of Starsky. I really wanted him to be fit and trim despite all the garbage he eats. I mean wouldn’t that be a hero to those of us who count carbs? And it was interesting reading the heroine written by a man. I might have liked to see a little bit of a feminine side for Amara.

Story

If you haven’t got story, all you have are characters, perhaps likeable, who sit on a page. Wow! I loved the way this story developed from a dead case to, well I don’t want to give anything away. Just let me assure you that you will be intrigued with the way it unfolds and you’ll feel like you’re there in the scenes. The research is thorough and the details that are shared are interesting. I’m ready to read the next story, the beginning of which is included as an extra at the end. That was a good move because it answered my question whether I’d see Amara again.

Daytime or Nighttime Read?

Before starting Collision of Lies I was concerned that it might be too twisted for anything but a daytime read. But once you accept the fact that there are a lot of sick people in this word and put that aside, the story is so artfully executed that I read well into the night. Tom Threadgill did a super job with Collision of Lies. And like I said, I’m looking for more.

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