Believing the Lie - Elizabeth George

Believing the Lie

By Elizabeth George

  • Release Date: 2012-01-10
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4
From 475 Ratings


#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Punishment She Deserves Elizabeth George has millions of fans following her Inspector Lynley series. As USA Today put it, "It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked." With Believing the Lie, she's poised to hook countless more.

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

Deborah's investigation of the prime suspect--Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict--leads her to Nicholas's wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim's bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family's veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.


  • Believing the Lie

    By Veganreader
    Enjoyed the characters in the book. Did find it a little hard to believe the final conversation between Deborah and Alatea... Alatea had met the reporter and Deborah knew this.... disappointing
  • Lake District Charm

    By Dogsbody67
    Emotionally complex and satisfying.
  • Another literary success

    By Minbri
    As always, Elizabeth George manages to introduce characters so individually real that one almost expects to run into them unexpectedly and to know them as if long time acquaintances. The continuing background drama of Tommy, Barbara, Deborah, and St. James provides a familiarity that makes it hard to wait for the next book to unfold. Each challenge awaiting these four seems so uniquely different that it is hard to imagine what she will think of next. Yet the situations are believable -- but never predictable. Another winner and one that is highly recommended.
  • Believing The Lie

    By Chayalaya
    A good read but not up to Ms. George's usual standards. Turned into a soap opera - so disappointed.
  • Believing the Lie

    By Hatknit
    Despite the opinions of some reviewers, there is character development, especially Lynley's struggles to accept Helen's death. His knowing what she would say to him in certain situations, and letting us hear her, is a welcome reminder of her character. He is beginning to live again, keeping her with him, but making choices and finding his own way. Havers is doing likewise, and their bond grows stronger . The subjects that are dealt with are realities in life, and though distasteful to some, two are ways some people are genuinely different from the "mainstream," but still good people, while the third is a harsh and despicable industry.
  • Too long, too slow

    By Dru123
    Kept waiting for the threads of the mystery to tied together. They didn't, very disconnected as if themes were just thrown out there on a bad day. Seems to me the fun and intrigue left with Helen.
  • EG lover

    By Vinelander
    I love Elizabeth George's books. But this was not her best work.
  • Believing the Lie

    By Martha M. Habermann
    Good read would like more Havers next book,she s a great character.
  • Believing the Lie

    By Big Bad Bookworm
    A complex and interwoven delight, this book does not disappoint. Well thought out characters and plot lines keep the book moving along and interest piqued. I have enjoyed all of her books, and mourned the loss of Helen as much as anyone. However, the devastation which resulted from Helen's loss is not something Lynley could have recovered from quickly or easily. Her books have reflected this honestly, as anyone who has suffered a loss would know. This made the glimpse of life and vitality recovering, at the end of the book, even more poignant.
  • Believing the Lie

    By SusieMac46
    Another great read by Elizabeth George. I never tire of Lynley & Havers. Looking forward to the next installment.