The First Lie by Virginia King

The First Lie by Virginia King
Audible Narration by Katherine Littrell

Someone is trying to kill you.

Selkie Moon is a woman on the run. Escaping her abusive husband to start over in Hawaii, she thinks she’s safe at last. Then a voice in a dream warns: Someone is trying to kill you. Not that Selkie’s psychic. No way.

But the messages escalate and the threats mount. Is a ghostly woman stalking her? Tangled in local superstition, the mystery becomes so bizarre and terrifying that Selkie’s instinct is to keep running.

But is she running from her past or her future?

And are these ‘otherworldly’ clues really all they seem?

Cancel a couple of night’s sleep and join Selkie Moon on the roller-coaster ride of her life.

This book defies genre. This book is not a shifter or supernatural book, nor the traditional who-done-it type of mystery. It’s paranormal in the Merriam Webster definition and a Mystery yet not in the conventional sense of a mystery book. Merriam Webster again gives us the best meaning of Mystery for this book.

Merriam Webster Definition of Paranormal:
par·a·nor·mal
/perəˈnôrm(ə)l/
denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

Merriam Webster definition of mystery:
mys·ter·y
/ˈmist(ə)rē/
the condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain.

The characters of the book are easy to relate to. They were well thought out, and their purpose in Selkie’s life was apparent as they helped Selkie through her journey.

Selkie’s journey, on the other hand, was frustrating for me. Her story and growth seesawed through the entire book. At times growth would occur exponentially, then within a few chapters, she’d fall back to her initial level of character like she hadn’t had any development at all. I hope to see more growth from Selkie in the next book(s).

There is a lot of intrigue in this book. It kept the book an enjoyable read; however, I felt that at times it was a little overdone with multiple issues piling up and no forward movement for Selkie.

I didn’t find much of the spooky elements to be beyond belief as I believe in ghosts and psychic connections. For me, there was just enough of this to make the story progress and help with the little bit of growth that Selkie experienced.

The humor in the book is the dry humor of the Brits & Aussies. I found it to be spot on for the character and enjoyable. It may be the type that many American readers don’t grasp very well, but it doesn’t detract from the book if you don’t see it as humor. For me, this was a bonus to the book.

The story ended on a cliffhanger (not in a bad way). The ending was not what I hoped for, but in its way explains Selkie and her journey thus far. I felt that I was left wanting a little more from the ending, and I hope to see how the next books progress.

Sex: Off Screen
Violence: Mild
Language: Mild swearing

This book receives a 4-star rating mostly due to the seesaw growth of the character.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes shows like Psych, or fans of Personal Growth type Mystery books (I know not an actual genre) where the mystery is more related to the main character’s growth, rather than a who-done-it type of book.

Overall Rating: four and a half stars
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