The Lies We Tell

The Lies We Tell

by Debra Webb

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Overview

Nothing hurts like the truth.

Doctor Rowan Dupont knows a serial killer is coming for her. Julian Addington has been waiting. Watching. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes. But what Julian doesn’t know is that Rowan is ready for him. And more than anything she wants answers. How well did the depraved killer actually know her mother? And how many lies have been spun in the years since she took her own life?

Working alongside her childhood friend Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan is determined to get to the bottom of her mother’s puzzling suicide once and for all—even if it means exposing an unsettling past. It certainly seems like her family’s Victorian funeral home has borne witness to more than one dark secret, but when a recent double homicide leads to an even grislier discovery, separating the truth from the lies might be the last thing Rowan does.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488085802
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Series: The Undertaker's Daughter
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 14,134
File size: 897 KB

About the Author

DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra's love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama. Visit Debra at www.DebraWebb.com or write to her at PO Box 176, Madison, AL 35758.

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The Lies We Tell 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Alyson Read 4 days ago
There is a lot of disturbing history in Rowan DuPont's past. As a child, her sister Raven was murdered, and her mother killed herself shortly after, devastating Rowan and her father. She moved away and ended up qualifying and working as a psychiatrist whilst her father remained in their home town of Winchester running the family funeral home. When her father himself was murdered, she had to come home and suffered greatly at the hands of a man who has taken an unnatural interest in her all her life, unbeknown to her. Not having read the first book in the series I found all the past events referred to a little bewildering and I would definitely say read book one first to make sense of it all. There is still a lot of confusion around who exactly was responsible for which deaths, but at the start of the book we find her father's old trusted employee incarcerated for dealing in body parts and Rowan trying to run the business with help from one employee. She has a hard time knowing who she can trust and is still trying to get over the horrific past events that surrounded her, leading to her giving up her job working with homicide detectives in Nashville's Special Crimes Unit, but the one good guy she can rely on is Billy Brannigan, Chief of Police and childhood friend. Rowan knows she will never be truly safe until her tormentor and serial killer Julian Addington is dead but she needs him to reveal the truth about her mother first. The more she digs, the more she realises how little she actually knows about the family she grew up in. It is a good job there is still an undertaker in Winchester since the bodies soon start to pile up, starting with two homicides which may not be all they seem, and then the discovery of many preserved skinned faces and piles of bones which puts detectives on the track of another killer. All this means Billy has his hands full whilst trying to protect Rowan, and clearly no one around her is safe. This was an enjoyable story with well drawn characters, and feels very much like an episode in a much bigger saga. With more questions than answers and a definite cliff hanger at the end I am looking forward to book three to see what happens next. 3.5/4*
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 9 days ago
This series was a GREAT find. From the opening pages of the first book, I was hooked. There's a gritty darkness here that you often find in these types of thrillers, but that is somehow magnified in this case. I don't know if it's the twin factor, the best friend who turns out to be an even scarier breed of serial killer (I didn't know such a thing was possible, but it is!), or the atmospherics that Webb has crafted around her characters, but something makes these particular spine-tingling for me. The interplay between past and present secrets is definitely a component; Webb teases the reader with revelations buried in seemingly innocuous details, and the suspense throughout is top-notch. I am definitely looking forward to the next book. This one ended (as did the first) with a Big Reveal, and I can't wait to see where it takes Rowan - and us readers! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.
Annette5151 27 days ago
A fast paced book that grabbed me from the first page! It is book two in a series and even tho I hadn’t read the previous one I had no problems following the story. I definitely want to go back and read the first one now. I really enjoyed the story and look forward to story number three. Thanks for the early copy
Annette5151 27 days ago
A fast paced book that grabbed me from the first page! It is book two in a series and even tho I hadn’t read the previous one I had no problems following the story. I definitely want to go back and read the first one now. I really enjoyed the story and look forward to story number three. Thanks for the early copy
Anonymous 28 days ago
Riveting Favorite Quotes: That was the thing about secrets. Secrets never stayed secret forever. She hadn’t analyzed the realization too deeply in the past. Honestly, this was the first time the thought had fully formed in her brain. Ideas and conclusions so very close to that thought had bobbed to the surface of the ocean of others flooding her life lately. She closed the bag wondering when she had so thoroughly become her father? He had always chatted with the clients. She vividly remembered walking into the embalming room and hearing him carrying on a conversation with the person on the mortuary table. As a teenager she had thought it was completely bizarre. It was true, she supposed. You did become your parents. She stared directly at him. Her famous eyes, one blue and one green, were as vivid as if light poured out from them. Paranoia. It was spreading inside her like a disease she couldn’t stop. My Review: As impossible as it may be, I am even more fascinated by this complex and captivating tale than ever, it just keeps turning over and infinitely expanding while tickling my gray matter and provoking my curiosity. This case is as slippery as an eel and ingeniously plotted. In addition to being well entertained, I’ve also gleaned a considerable amount of knowledge concerning mortuary services, a ghastly yet necessary and interestingly evolved process. Rowan has discovered that her mother’s secrets were much darker than anyone ever imagined and has uncovered unsettling notations in researching her parent’s journals. But that is just a pittance to the disturbing and hair-raising events that take place throughout the various active and intriguingly nuanced storylines. I am irrevocably enthralled by and enamored with this author’s well-honed storytelling and am currently coveting all her clever words. How has she eluded my notice all this time as she has an impressive backlist of over one hundred forty novels? I am ashamed of myself but determined to make up for my slothful dereliction and have added her to my list of favorite authors.
Dogs-love2read2 3 months ago
Debra Webb is a prolific author who has written many best selling books. The Lies We Tell has an interesting premise but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book in the series, The Undertaker's Daughter. I felt I was missing something as I read the first part of the book. I liked the relationship between Rowan DuPont who returned to town to take over the 150 year old family business, DuPont Funeral Home, and her lifelong friend Billy Brannigan who is now Chief of Police in Winchester Tennessee. The two continued to care for each other as they grew up. Now there is a new feeling that Rowan is not sure she wants to acknowledge because she doesn't want to jeopardize their friendship. There's plenty of murders, missing bodies and misdirection that kept me reading right up to the end. However, I was disappointed that the story ended with a cliffhanger. I received an electronic copy of the book from Mira Books through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are completely my own. #TheLiesWeTell #NetGalley
Momma_Becky 3 months ago
The Lies We Tell starts off well enough, and there is a mystery here, but for the life of me, I'm not quite sure exactly what that mystery was. Is Julian out to get Rowan? Did her mother have some involvement in it all? Was her father the man she thought he was? Oh, and then, we have two murders that have Rowan and Billy running around and asking questions. And exactly why is the undertaker so involved in a police investigation anyway? So, yes, there were questions, loads of questions with very few answers. I suppose this story is several mysteries in one with none of them getting the focus they need. The thing is this is part of a series, and I'll admit that I didn't know that when I started reading. That said, it didn't take me long to figure it out. I'll just add here, that I would not recommend this book as a standalone. The author does give some backstory, but it's not really enough to get a good feel for what's happened so far and at the same time, it's repetitive. Yes, that left me a little befuddled too, but it is what it is. I'm not even sure how many times we're told that Julian is a prolific serial killer. I get it, this dude has killed a lot of people, and he's obsessed with Rowan. I can remember that without it being repeated. So, it's safe to say that the repetitiveness of this one annoyed me. Quite often, I'll grab a book in the middle of the series and like what I find enough to go back and start at the beginning - Even if I don't understand everything that's mentioned in said mid-series book. That is not the case with The Lies We Tell. To sum it up, the story is convoluted, and parts of it seem to almost go in circles. I was less than impressed with Billy and Rowan who spend an awful lot of time running in those previously mentioned circles. For a smart woman, she wouldn't even remember to eat if Billy didn't constantly provide meals for her. Basing my opinion on what I've found here, I won't be bothering with earlier books in the series. At the risk of being spoiler-ish, I'll add that Julian isn't the only serial killer I learned about in this book, so I can only deduce that Rowan is some kind of serial killer magnet. If that seems a little farfetched, I thought so too. On a positive note, one case is solved in this winding road of a story, but I still ended up with more questions than answers, and then it just ends. It's more open-ended than cliffhanger, but it felt like this whole thing was just one big set up for the next book in the series. One that I won't be bothering to check out.
BuckeyeAngel 3 months ago
Doctor Rowan Dupont knows a serial killer is coming for her. Julian Addington has been waiting. Watching. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes. But what Julian doesn’t know is that Rowan is ready for him. And more than anything she wants answers. How well did the depraved killer actually know her mother? And how many lies have been spun in the years since she took her own life? Working alongside her childhood friend Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan is determined to get to the bottom of her mother’s puzzling suicide once and for all—even if it means exposing an unsettling past. It certainly seems like her family’s Victorian funeral home has borne witness to more than one dark secret, but when a recent double homicide leads to an even grislier discovery, separating the truth from the lies might be the last thing Rowan does. This was a pretty good book that I enjoyed. I hadn’t read the first book, but the author fills you in enough that it’s not really needed. However, I’ll probably be reading it next. I enjoyed following Rowan and she uncovers more about her parents, particularly her mother, and prepares for her final confrontation.I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Margaret Yelton 3 months ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. This is the second book in the series, and although I didn't read the first book I didn't have any trouble following along with the storyline. Rowan Dupont has taken over the undertaker job in her hometown, after her fathers murder. She grew up surrounded by death, and it still surrounds her now in the form of series killers. The book was action packed, and full of twists and turns. I love thrillers and this one certainly fits that bill. I found it hard to put this book down, and look forward to reading more of the storys to follow. I would certainly recommend it to those that enjoy thrillers.
Nanna51 3 months ago
This is the second book in the series about Rowan who is the daughter of an undertaker. It’s not enough that she grew up around death. Now, she has unwittingly allowed a serial killer into her life and death is all around her. There are some really violent deaths in her hometown of WInchester, TN, and Rowan blames herself for bringing the killer to their doorstep. The town sheriff is her old high school friend Billy, and Billy is determined to protect Rowan at all costs. The action is fast-paced and the suspense is never-ending in this taut thriller by the inimitable Debra Webb. Fans of suspense will not want to miss out on this fascinating series! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
JWReinhold 3 months ago
Debra Webb continues the intriguing series The Undertaker's Daughter's with this newest book, The Lies We Tell. Rowen knows that she is in the crosshairs of a serial killer. Julian Addington is out there watching...and waiting. She can feel his eyes on her even though there are no signs to where he might be. She also knows that he is somehow tied closer to her and her family than she ever knew and that much of her life has been a lie. But just how much, and what part of her sister's death and her mother's suicide did he play? These are all questions that keep Rowen, and the reader, on edge as the mystery deepens. When more bodies are added to the toll and a mysterious stranger shows up in her funeral home with her mother's name tattooed on his back, Rowen has to find out if there is another killer out there and if so, just how is he and the body in her morgue tied to all the mystery surrounding her. In each step of this book, the reader is pulled in deeper as the mysterious events surrounding Rowen and her life spiral down to a pinpoint focus on the evil that is waiting for her. After finishing this book all I could say is MORE! I am so intrigued by these characters and the events surrounding them that I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I wish to thank NetGalley and Harlequin Publishers for the chance to read The Lies We Tell in return for an honest review. This is grim, intriguing story, which I should have enjoyed more, but I felt there were too many gaps detracting from my getting fully engaged and involved. Rowan DuPont returns to take over business in the family funeral home. Her character and outlook are influenced by tragic events in the past. Her mother committed suicide, and her twin sister and father have both died. Her mother left some cryptic journals which Rowan is puzzling over. There are references to a menacing serial killer from previous books, and I wanted to know more about that case. There are suggestions that her mother may have been involved with this man, and that Rowan has reason to fear him. What was her mother's relationship to this serial killer, and to a man whose body has just arrived at the funeral home bearing a tattoo of her mother's name? Rowan has a longtime friendship with Billy Brannigan, who is now chief of police. He is very helpful and protective of her as she searches for answers about dark and disturbing family secrets. There are two previous books in the series, The Undertaker's Daughter and The Secrets We Bury. I felt these two novels were essential to fully flesh out the main characters and to understand past events which connect with the present story. This did not work for me as a stand-alone but is an introduction to an interesting series which I would like to read from the beginning.
Tracy34 3 months ago
marquis784MA 3 months ago
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley and MIRA in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the second book in the Undertaker’s Daughter series. I usually read preceding books but given the time constraints of receiving this book close to its publication date, I will read this as a stand alone. I do have the novella which I will use as a reference if needed. Well, this book started off with the death of a suspected serial killer and the imprisonment of a man Dr Rowan DuPont had considered family. I finished book but have to compose my thoughts to organize my review. I had started to read it as a stand alone but too many references to past events had me wanting to know the background! So, I read all the preceding books to get a complete picture of all the characters. She has book 3 coming out 4/2020 The Darkness We Hide so I am happy to have read all the previous books. I highly recommend starting at the beginning of this series because as a stand alone it would be annoying not knowing all the nuances of the previous events. I
CathyGeha 3 months ago
The Lies We Tell by Debra Webb The Undertaker’s Daughter #2 Not having read the prequel or book one in this series I do feel I might have been at a disadvantage. We know a serial killer is after her and there are secrets to be learned about the past. As I read I found out that Rowan once worked as a psychiatrist with the Nashville Police Department but left because of her inability to “see” that another psychiatrist was a serial killer. The killer is still on the lose and Rowan has gone back to Winchester to take up the family funeral business while sometimes helping out her buddy police chief Billy Brannigan. In this story there are several murders but whether or not they are related is unknown for most of the book. Two murders are solved but a few others are not. The FBI makesa an appearance, t here is a kidnapping and torture and a bone pile is found and a romance begins. We learn from a wise woman that both Rowan attracts death and that her mother did, too. Again, I did feel lost at times and felt there were some strange occurrences that were not explained. I have a feeling that the main psychiatrist serial killer may be a recurring theme in this series until he is caught and also feel other serial killers might pop up from time to time. Did I like this book? Not sure Would I read more in the series? Maybe Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3 Stars