Deceitful Truths

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A week of her life is missing… And now someone is trying to steal the secret, she is desperate to protect.

Doing whatever it takes to protect her family, Tarin abandons her abusive marriage, rescues her son and flees across country. Lost and unsure who to trust, she hopes her new job with a Private Investigator, Knight’s Associates, will give her the connections and resources she needs to find answers. Seven days of her life are missing and she doesn’t know why but the consequences of it are undeniable.

Graham’s company, Knight’s Associates, has been hacked, they are being inundated with false leads. The past is coming back to haunt them but how does the new assistant they hired, play into it? Is she truly helping them solve cyber-crimes or is she selling off their high-security information? Is that why someone is trying to abduct her?

Tarin and Graham discover that although they don’t trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin’s nightmare plays out? An eighty-year-old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate and be the one secret that will keep her and Graham apart as neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget…

(Caspian Wine Series, Book Two – Standalone but is a Sequel/Companion Novel to Captured Lies)
“Maggie Thom’s talent for mixing mystery, intrigue and romance becomes a masterpiece begging to be read.” Tome Tender

 

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“… the characters are dynamic and carry the story at a fast pace, and the conversations are real and breath life into the characters and the story…”  5* Brenda Maxwell – Indie Book Reviewer

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Reviews from Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat – brilliant!,
By
Peter Martin
This review is from: Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series Book 2)
by Maggie Thom

A thrilling series and a ‘must read’ for those readers that are drawn to stories full of suspense. The way in which the author crafts the book will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat – brilliant!

Tarin Madsen Roth escapes from her abusive husband – get ready for layers of in-depth storytelling with strong characters.

A magnificent and well-written 5***** book by Thom

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Format:Kindle Edition
Tarin is on the run with her young son, Chance, hiding out from the manipulative and brutal hands of her husband and the father who never wanted her. An expert with a computer, she takes a job as a cyber-specialist at Knights Associates to have access to their computers to do her own cyber investigating. Too bad she is under the intense scrutiny of Graham, their resident computer sleuth, who soon discovers what she is up do, but isn’t sure what her motives are. The tentative flag of truce between these two is raised while they work together to unravel the mystery where all ends lead to Caspian Winery. The romantic tension grows between these two, but Tarin’s secrets may tear them apart, especially if she is found and her son is spirited away. Can Tarin trust Graham to help her? Will Graham trust Tarin enough to believe the truths she has kept buried?Maggie Thom set the bar high with Captured Lies and then raised it with even more with Tainted Waters. Then she came out with a standalone that is also a companion novel to Captured Lies, and while I expected a white-knuckle read, I had NO idea she was going to raise the bar again! Deceitful Truths has more twists than a grape vine, more jagged edges than broken glass and some pure, raw emotional turmoil that will squeeze at the heart of anyone who would do whatever is necessary to protect someone they love. I think the only thing that kept me from breaking skin clenching my fists were those moments of heart-melting romance that flickered through. With characters that come alive under her skillful hand, Ms. Thom takes us once again to the heart of wine country, to the Caspian Winery and a family that has known the pain of deceit, betrayal, loss and the strength of family ties and love. Somehow, Tarin’s life is entwined with those of the winery and it brings back painful memories that may be lies for Dorothea and her family. Will unraveling Tarin’s life uncover the reasons behind Caspian Winery’s current problems?Do you like convoluted mysteries where each layer is peeled back only to find another covering the resolution? Deceitful Truths showcases Maggie Thom’s talent for tossing in everything but the kitchen sink and coming out with a masterpiece that begs to be read and savored!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense 
Format:Kindle Edition
Deceitful Truths is the second book in the Caspery Winery Series, but it is not necessary to read the first installment to understand and follow Deceitful Truths as Thom does a good job of ensuring that all the important information is included in this installment. There is a lot going on in this book. There are several storylines that are slowing coming together. Although I quickly figured out all the clues, it was still an enjoyable read.I did feel that some of the chapters were too short and the information all too fleeting. A little more filling in could have made the story flow better. Some of the action doesn’t make sense due to the shortness of the some of the chapters. Unfortunately, there are also some areas that are unbelievable. You would never put a woman in a room with the man that kidnapped her. It doesn’t take a security expert to figure that out.There are a tons of characters to follow in Deceitful Truths. This can be a bit confusing. I like how Thom gives secondary characters a personality and background as well. Often secondary characters are flat. This is not the case in Deceitful Truths. The character of Tarin was very realistic. I wanted to scream at her to trust the men of Knights Associates, but considering her history of abuse, not trusting was more realistic. I was less impressed with the male characters of this novel. It was very obvious that Tarin had been abused. Instead of treating her with kid gloves, they didn’t trust her as she was keeping secrets. Of course she was keeping secrets! As former police officers, they should have understood an abused woman’s need to keep secrets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tangled web of deceit and lies 
By Kim
Format:Kindle Edition
Review by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book ReviewsDeceitful Truths is a suspense/thriller with small romantic elements. Maggie Thom has managed to give the reader a tangled web full of lies and deceit to try to figure out. Deceitful Truths is a stand-alone story, however events which take place in Captured Lies (the first book in the Caspian Wine Series) are referred to, so if you haven’t read that book, you may want to.While I liked Deceitful Truths, I found the story to be a little confusing in the beginning. It was hard to figure out who was saying what and where the story was initially going. But the cool thing about that was that it kept me wanting to read the book.Three years ago, Tarin Madsen Roth awakens to realize she has lost a week of her life and the only clue she has as to what happened is a piece of an invoice from Caspian Winery stuck to her back. Confused and alone after her father refuses to listen to her, she marries Stephen Roth. Unfortunately for Tarin, her marriage is anything but perfect. Stephen uses her as a trophy and shows her off to everyone. He’s rigid. He’s distant and doesn’t show much affection for their two and a half- year-old son Chance. In fact, Stephan doesn’t like for their home to show a child lives there at all. Finally getting fed up with her life and not knowing what happened to her, she takes her child and leaves. As luck would have it, Knight Associates has an opening. Now, Tarin just has to figure out who she can trust.Knight Associates, founded by Graham and his partner Guy, is experiencing some higher than normal traffic when it comes to their new cyber crimes division. Needing help, they place an ad and in walks Tarin. Tarin seems to have the perfect resume and is perfect for the job. Maybe a little too perfect. It’s soon discovered that mostly all of the new traffic is bogus, to lead them on wild goose chases. The only question is why. Add to that, Graham discovers Tarin has hacked into their computer system.As if things are not hectic enough at work, Guy has to deal with learning that things aren’t going so smoothly with his wedding to Bailey, heir to the Caspian Winery. Plus, Caspian Winery is being hit with bad wine arriving at vendors and wine shipments going missing. In it’s long history, Caspian Winery has never experienced any of these problems.With her move across country, Tarin seems to have a bullseye placed on her back. Lucky for her, Graham is there every time to save her and her son from danger. While Graham doesn’t trust Tarin, she intrigues him and makes him step up his game. In Graham, Tarin sees the man she has always wanted to have. She fears that the secrets she’s hiding will not allow them to have a chance.For me to say I didn’t know who was behind everything would be a lie. I went into the book having a pretty good idea. The only question was how and why. Deceitful Truths delivers the suspense I’m accustomed to from Maggie Thom. Her web of connect the dots will definitely have you wondering what’s going to happen next. The best part is that this book didn’t give me nightmares.

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