Plausible Liars

Dr. Lindsey McCall Medical Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Legal
322 Pages
Reviewed on 11/25/2023
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Reviewed by Angelique Papayannopoulos for Readers' Favorite

Plausible Liars by Lin Wilder is a medical drama inspired by actual events and information on transgenderism, based on studies of material found on medical gender-affirmation websites. Dr. Lindsay McCall contends with transgender politics and becomes caught up in a provoking and challenging situation. Kate Townsend is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and has published controversial articles on the dangers and impact of gender transitioning. We are also introduced to the sad and confused world of Joey Carmichael, a transgender teenager, who is befriended by Dr. McCall’s daughter LJ, and her unique friend Morgan. Indictments for unintentional murder have been filed against best friends Lindsay and Kate, placing them under the control of a dangerous conspiracy by the US Department of Justice. There is no doubt that both sides make compelling arguments.

Author Lin Wilder has created an eye-opening novel filled with detailed medical research and a realistic court case that will keep you captivated to the end. Transgenderism is presented diversely and plausibly for each of the characters introduced. The plot builds up intensely and one feels deeply emotionally immersed in the courtroom drama. Families, friends, and professionals are entangled in the medical and legal debates during the explosive court case with an unexpected twist in the end. There are recurring themes of social relations based on stereotypes, emotions, hardships, courage, justice, and faith. Plausible Liars is an informative and educational read and is highly recommended for those who are open-minded and willing to have their beliefs challenged. Truly, an eye-opener for both sides of the argument!

K.C. Finn

Plausible Liars is a work of fiction in the mystery, legal drama, and suspense subgenres, and is part of the Dr. Lindsey McCall Medical Mystery series. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Lin Wilder, this engaging tale delves into the explosive world of parenting politics, intertwining the lives of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kate Townsend and Dr. Lindsey McCall. Townsend's investigative series, Corrupting America's Children, exposes the controversial landscape of chemical manipulation. Simultaneously, McCall faces indictment for unintentional murder, navigating a conspiracy of monumental proportions.

Author Lin Wilder has crafted an engaging and tense tale that combines medical mystery with a gripping courtroom drama, offering readers an intriguing blend of innovative medical research and a thought-provoking legal scenario. The narrative challenges societal norms and explores the intricate connections between personal choices, medical ethics, and the consequences of unintended actions, taking a very extreme example of sinister manipulation and placing it at the center of events. I was impressed by the novel’s pacing, which builds the case and the extraneous events around it in a natural fashion as it slow-burns into a deeply challenging and conspiracy-fuelled battle of wits. Wilder's ability to weave a complex narrative while addressing sensitive topics is commendable, creating a novel that both captivates and stimulates contemplation on the ethical dilemmas embedded in modern medicine and journalism, as well as public reaction to extreme cases. Overall, I would recommend Plausible Liars to fans of thought-provoking legal dramas and well-penned suspense tales everywhere.

Alma Boucher

Plausible Liars by Lin Wilder is a legal and medical mystery. Investigative journalist Kate Townsend wrote and published a series exposing transgender issues in children. The inspiration for the series came from Danny, a three-year-old victim who attended the same preschool as Kate's child. Danny’s teacher felt obligated to affirm his gender identity after he called himself a girl a couple of times. From a young age, Zoey was told by her mother that she was going to look just like her, and she decided she did not even want to be female when she grew up. After meeting Dr. T., Zoey’s journey of gender transition was born, and she is now known as Joey. Dr. T. had medical power of attorney from Joey’s mother, but nobody knows who he is.

Plausible Liars is intriguing and complicated. Thorough research was done in medical and case studies, and it was woven into the fictional part of the story. I was intrigued from the start until the end. I could not put it down and had to finish reading it. It was a fascinating and educational read, and the chapters flowed into each other. The sensitive topic of transgender people was handled with great care and empathy. The characters were authentic and relatable. Kate was my favorite character; she was a strong woman who helped others despite the consequences. The story is beautifully written, and facts are conveyed without shying away from the truth. Lin Wilder added an abridged list of the sources for anyone interested in learning more, which will be helpful for interested readers.