State of Lies

by Siri Mitchell

Paperback, 2019



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Thomas Nelson (2019), 368 pages


The secrets of those closest to us can be the most dangerous of all. Months after her husband, Sean, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew. With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father's death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next Secretary of Defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains. Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too. The more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust. Not her friends. Not her parents. Maybe not even herself.… (more)


Original language


Physical description

368 p.; 8.4 inches


0785228616 / 9780785228615

User reviews

LibraryThing member SimplyKelina
I was sent this book for a blog/instagram tour. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

Based on the cover I was expecting some type of political thriller and I was right. I will get back to
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that in a minute.

When this started, I was hooked! I actually read this in one sitting as I could not put it down. I really loved the beginning and would probably give this five stars based on that part of the story. I loved the mystery/thriller aspects as well as I was turning the pages to find out what would happen. I more so wanted to know how everything was going to unfold in the end.

I was not a huge fan of all the political and War talk. Some of it went over my head and I really had no clue what Georgie was really discovering. I liked the little details around her trying to unfold the information, I just could care less about what was really going on. I know that may sound like I did not like the story then, but I was still loving it.

There were new things being thrown our way throughout to keep your interest. Some of what happens was predictable where I did not see other details coming. The ending was much better than I was expecting too!

Overall, this was still really good and I highly recommend it whether you like political thrillers or not.
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LibraryThing member alekee
This book grabbed me right from the beginning, and kept pulling me in, with my heart in my throat, and fear for those I cared about. Whom do you trust here, and I felt like I was watching the evening news, yes, this story could be true.
A little boy and his Mom dealing with the loss of their beloved
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Dad/Husband, and why?
Be aware you will be up late trying to find out the answers here, and the bombshells keep dropping right up to the end, even locked doors won’t keep out the evil.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member Eamace
Wow! Don’t start this one in the evening if you want to get any sleep at all! I couldn’t put this one down until I was finished. The tension, suspense and intrigue in this incredible book will grab your attention off the top and not let go until the end. Georgie is a physicist, a career that
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would certainly leave me in the dust, even though I did well in high school physics. Her brain works in clear lines with everything having an answer that must be found. With this in mind, she doggedly pursues the truth after her husband, Sean, is killed in a hit and run. Too many things just don’t add up. Her tenacity in this search for what is right puts both she and her son in danger.

Espionage, treason, Russian spies and murder are just some of the excitement in this page-turner set in the Washington, D.C. area. The author has done a fabulous job of taking us behind the scenes in political circles, in Iraq and Bosnia. Who really is telling the truth and who can she trust with their safety?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, finding myself trying to figure out what horrible thing could possibly happen next and hoping for a happy ending. My nails, however, did not fair so well. I certainly will be watching for more suspense/intrigue from this author!

I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley and CelebrateLit. The five star rating is in no way solicited and all comments, impressions and opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
This is a wonderful novel of suspense. I did not want to put this book down. I was mystified every step of the way. There were lots of twists and turns. You were not sure who were the good people and who were bad through most of the story. I loved the characters and how they worked with each other.
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I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member Harley0326
Wow! I have just read one of the best espionage, suspenseful books ever. We here all the time about spies, people taking bribes and secrets being passed along enemy lines. It isn't every day that I come across a book that is so good, I wish I had a contact in Hollywood. What a wonderful movie this
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book would make. I even pictured who would be good as each character.

Georgia is a great character with brains and attention to detail. When her husband is killed in a car accident, she starts to suspects something is wrong. Could it be that she sees cars following her, or that her house is broken into that brings her to look over her shoulder? Her husband was involved with the FBI somehow, but he kept his assignments secret, which makes Georgia grow uncomfortable when she finds something suspicious hidden in the house.

The story takes us to the desert over seas during a time when our soldiers were fighting to preserve our freedom. Something happened out there that causes chaos and turns high ranking officials into deceitful people who commit the ultimate act of treason. There were times I thought I had the story figured out, but the author put twists in and I had to rethink my guess. The characters are strong and there is a good amount of information about the different branches in the government.

Georgia had a very hard time trusting anyone and at times wasn't sure if she should even stay around her neighborhood. Get ready for some explosive surprises and unexpected suspects in this very intriguing book. I did wonder why this is classified as a Christian book because there was no mention of God, scriptures or faith that I remember throughout the story. At the beginning of the book is a scene about intimacy between a married couple. I didn't find it offensive, but some readers may so I wanted to mention it in my review.

I did enjoy the story very much and it was a non stop action filled book with plenty of secrets that could take down very important leaders. I did feel the ending was a bit rushed but overall the book was intriguing enough to keep my interest.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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LibraryThing member hes7
With a story completely unlike anything I’ve read from Siri Mitchell, State of Lies abounds in intrigue, danger, mystery, conspiracy, and more. It is a thrilling read from beginning to end.

Nothing is as it appears as Georgie Brennan and her son struggle with the loss of her husband, while still
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trying to move forward. After discovering things kept hidden from her, she quickly becomes swept into a political plot, at the center of it all in D.C., where the truth is unclear and her life is on the line.

Oh, I enjoyed this one. It easily held my interest and kept me guessing until the end. Fans of political thrillers and suspense will not be disappointed with this latest novel from Mitchell.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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LibraryThing member carole888fort
State of Lies by Siri Mitchell starts off as a family drama and soon escalates to a mystery. Sean and Georgie Brennan are a happily-married young couple who are parenting their young school-age son. While running an errand, Sean falls victim to a hit-and-run driver and is killed instantly. Life as
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Georgie knew it changes forever: she is now a single parent to her fatherless son and her job as a quantum physicist is in jeopardy. Her parents offer to help while her father, a four-star general, is about to be appointed secretary of defense. A few month's after Sean's death, Georgie comes into possession of his notebook which details names and codes she is unable to decipher. She then notices that she is being followed and fears that someone wants to kill her and her son. Soon, she can't tell her friends from her enemies. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller and you won't be able to identify the bad guys from the good. Highly recommended. Thank you to Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member Kris_Anderson
State of Lies by Siri Mitchell is a political thriller. Our protagonist, Georgia Brennan is a physicist who works on contracts for the government. She is also a wife and mother. Her husband, Sean works for the Department of Defense as a historian. One day, Sean goes out to pick up a part for their
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leaky faucet and never returns. He was killed in a hit-and-run accident which devastates Georgia. When she realizes Sean told her lie, Georgia begins searching for answers. I thought it contained good writing with twists and surprising revelations. I did feel it was a little bit of a slow starter, but the pace soon picks up as Georgia begins looking into her husband’s death. She begins to hear noises around her home at night. There are some slow sections in the middle with the pace increasing later in the story. The mystery is intriguing with its complexity. It dives into military operations and political figures. Georgia is not sure who she can trust. She wants the truth, but Georgia needs to keep her son safe as well as their beloved dog. There is violence and some gory details. It can be solved depending upon the number of mysteries you have read. While State of Lies if put out by a Christian publisher, it is not a Christian story. I did find the sections on Georgia’s work to be a little dull with their detailed explanations. State of Lies is a suspenseful novel with one woman searching for the truth amid political conspiracies, mistrust, riddles, falsehoods, and espionage.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: State of Lies
Author: Siri Mitchell
Pages: 368
Year: 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Georgie Brennan is a widowed mother of a young son. Her husband was killed in a car accident eight months ago. She is a physicist by trade, but her job is in jeopardy. Her son
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doesn’t seem to be coping too well with his father’s death according to his teacher at school. She has yet to clean up her husband’s belongings, so she begins that task in the home office. She discovers a notebook of her husband’s with strange notations made after a list of names. Also, his laptop is missing. That night she thinks she hears noises coming from the crawl space underneath her house. She chalks that up to nerves, but then she receives a mysterious message on her phone from her dead husband’s cell phone and she begins to question what her husband was involved in before his death.
She is close to her mother and father. Her father is a four-star general and has been offered the position of Secretary of Defense. He first must undergo confirmation hearings, but it seems he will soon have this job close to the President of the United States. Georgie’s questioning leads to half truths or non-answers that cause her to dig deeper. She soon realizes that she has brought danger to her home, her son and herself. Who can she trust to help her discover the truth?
Please, please, please write more books in this genre! I was engaged from the get-go. There is plenty of action, intrigue and political espionage happening to keep the story moving at a brisk pace. Readers won’t get bored with this suspense-filled tale. The writing is such that my attention was grabbed and held from beginning to end. There are surprises in the plot that will keep readers constantly on their toes, trying to figure out which characters are the good guys and which ones are the bad guys. I look forward to hopefully many more books in this genre from this talented author.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Siri Mitchell has been a favorite author of mine for a long time. Always one to create a good story, she has ramped up her game with the suspense novel, State of Lies. This book caught my attention from the opening lines and never let go. It is one of the best suspense novels I have read (listened
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to) causing me to gasp out loud and to stay clinging to the edge of my seat. If you are looking for a great book, this one is a must-read.

State of Lies is told from the first person perspective of Georgie Brennan. I felt so connected to this character through her honest voice as she navigates first grief and loss and then doubts, anger, and fear. She is a very strong character you will love. Georgie’s perseverance and analytical mind help her in her quest for the truth. The reader, along with Georgie, is taken on a twisting journey with no one to trust. Georgie’s methodical investigation kept her focused in the midst of some very unsettling circumstances. Other characters emerge from Georgie’s observations and interactions. Mitchell did a great job of bringing them to life as well. The suspense is non-stop which I really, really liked. The setting of the book was also perfect for me. My son’s family lives in the Arlington, Virginia-area, and many of the scenes took place in familiar locales, many of which I have visited. Of particular note to the audiobook: the reader/narrator was excellent. She made Georgie very real. The dry humor that helped to balance the suspense was naturally conveyed. I also loved the other voices she included, especially Georgie’s boss. If you listen to the audiobook, you will understand what I mean.

For fans of suspense, State of Lies is an excellent choice. It has it all — great characters and a page-turning plot. It is highly recommended!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member Maydacat
Georgia and Sean are a loving couple with a young son, Sam, and then is a blink of an eye, everything is changed. Sean is killed in a hit and run accident, and Georgia is left to pick up the pieces of her former life. But in the ensuing months, strange and unnerving things begin to happen. And
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Georgia fears for her life and her sanity. Above all, she must protect Sam. Author Siri Mitchell paints a tense and suspenseful tale that pulses with intrigue and danger. Georgia must decide whom she can trust, when no one seems trustworthy. Well written dialogue, well drawn characters, and a masterfully devised storyline are artfully woven together for a cohesive and enthralling tale.
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