The Deadly Lies (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: The Deadly Lies (The Delingpole Mysteries #2)
Author: David C. Dawson
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Dominic and Jonathan are on their romantic Spanish honeymoon, and things are perfect… except Dominic has kept a secret from his husband. He’s failed to tell Jonathan that he plans to meet his former lover, Bernhardt, who is speeding on his way from Germany to present Dominic with a mysterious gift.

But Bernhardt is killed in a suspicious car accident. Shortly before he dies, he sends Dominic a bizarre text message that will take the newlyweds on a hair-raising adventure.

Lies upon lies plunge Dominic and Jonathan into an internet crime that could destroy the lives of millions of people. What is the mysterious Charter Ninety-Nine group? And will their planned internet assault force Dominic to choose between the fate of the world and the life of his lover?

In re-reading my review for the first book in this series – “The Necessary Deaths” – I found that most of those comments apply to “The Deadly Lies.” This book is also a “wild mis-mash of suspense, political corruption, secret societies …” with a very convoluted plot that is very difficult to fully explain and a huge cast of characters. The mysterious Charter Ninety-Nine group and its goal is very slowly developed and finally revealed around 65% of the book, but up to that point, there were numerous snippets of subplots and characters that didn’t really make any sense. And the resolution of the mystery comes with much more of a whimper than a bang, IMHO.

In addition, I found Dominic and Jonathan’s relationship very frustrating in that Jonathan desires an open relationship and open communication between the two, but storms away from their honeymoon because he believes Dominic has slept with an ex-boyfriend. Since both characters are so very lightly detailed, again it’s difficult to become invested in their relationship. This story personally did not work for me and I give it 3 stars, realizing that other readers may really like the intrigue of the plot and rate it much higher.

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