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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Lying with the Devil by Lana Lindemann is a psychological thriller. Mary is nothing special. A student who doesn’t know what she wants out of life until everything changes. Kidnapped by a serial killer, Mary expects to die but, instead, she is kept chained in the killer’s apartment. And so begins the abuse and the games. Mary slowly loses hope that she will ever be found as the killer plays his games and appears to start falling in love with her. Two detectives, Carl and Steven, along with Mary’s brother Kole are searching for her but the killer leaves scant clues behind. As Stockholm Syndrome begins to set in, is there any chance for Mary? And if Kole does find her, will she ever be the same person again?
Lying with the Devil by Lana Lindeman is a cracking read, a real page-turner that will have you hanging on to the very end. The language and style of writing match the era it was set in perfectly, the 1980s, and with a unique plot, this story is packed with action. The tension builds nicely throughout the plot, with plenty of twists and turns along the way, and the ending is well worth waiting for. The characters are excellent, well developed and relatable, especially Mary, and you will be on the edge of your seat to see what happens to her. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in a story that will leave you wanting more from this author. Ms. Lindemann is clearly a talented writer with a great future ahead of her and I look forward to reading more.