Liars’ Paradox. Finished 12-26-18, 4.5/5, thriller, 326 pages, pub. 2018
They live in the shadows, Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. From earliest memory they’ve been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Their prowess is outdone only by Clare, who has always been mentor first and mother second. She trained them in the art of espionage, tested their skills in weaponry, surveillance, and sabotage, and sharpened their minds with nerve-wracking psychological games. As they grew older they came to question her motives, her methods–and her sanity . . .
Now twenty-six years old, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare’s off-the-grid safehouse explodes and she goes missing, they’re forced to believe the unthinkable: Their mother’s paranoid delusions have been real all along. To find her, they’ll need to set aside their differences; to survive, they’ll have to draw on every skill she’s trained them to use. A twisted trail leads from the CIA, to the KGB, to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted. from Goodreads
It’s been too long since I’ve read a book by Taylor Stevens. I loved her Vanessa Michael Monroe series and am happy to report that I loved this start to a new series too. Jack and Jill are twins with a complicated history and a rocky present, but their obligation to their mother forces them to come together and harness their skills.
I loved the family dynamic and international intrigue, somehow managing to make the Cold War into a love story. Clare was a driven woman, who we saw through the lens of her kids who had believed her crazy most of their lives. Jack was the favored child and Jill lashed out in all the ways she could. When an assassin takes out one and comes for the other two, all hell breaks loose.
I can’t wait to get my eyes on the next one!!
When I received this to review I did a search of the blog to remind me of the first time I met Taylor at Bouchercon in 2012. I had actually forgotten the Mary Higgin Clark story so I was happy to revisit the post. Maybe you’ll get a chuckle too 😉