Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: "State of Lies" by Siri Mitchell

A few years ago, I read a couple of Siri Mitchell's historical novels. I enjoyed them, but I wasn't dying to get my hands on more of her books. But then I heard about State of Lies—written in a completely different genre with a "book blurb" that caught my eye—and I decided to give it a chance.

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 web of political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains.

Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too. And the more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust.

Not her friends.

Not her parents.

Maybe not even herself.

State of Lies is a political thriller full of twists and turns—a thrill ride from beginning to end!

The novel is written in first person, so the reader only knows what Georgie knows, and I think that heightened the suspense. As Georgie discovers person after person in her life is perhaps unreliable, she (and the reader) wonders just whom she can trust. (I'll admit that I guessed wrong a couple times!)

While the ending is a bit abrupt, overall I really enjoyed the ride, and I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more from Mitchell. 4 stars.

Note: The novel contains some discussion of married sex, and there's one scene where I'm fairly certain a couple is having sex in an alley. It's not overly descriptive (which is why I'm not sure it happened), but it could be too much for some readers.

Buy the book: Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Thomas Nelson
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Read my reviews of Mitchell's A Heart Most Worthy (I wasn't even giving stars back then!) and Unrivaled (3 stars).

Siri Mitchell is the author of 14 novels. She has also written two novels under the pseudonym of Iris Anthony. She graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and has worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri is a big fan of the semi-colon but thinks the Oxford comma is irritatingly redundant.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Thank you for taking a chance on this one. I'm so glad you loved it!

    1. I'm still thinking about it several days later :-) It would make a great movie!

  2. Yes! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I think thrillers with one POV ups the suspense level as well, those ones are my favorite ones. Thank you so much for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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