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Author: Zink, Michelle
Publisher: Harper Teen
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 978006237123
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Lies I Told

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On the outside it appears that Grace has everything:  beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.  But it’s all a lie.
After being shuffled from foster home to foster home, Grace is adopted by grifters Cormac and Renee.  Along with Parker, another foster care rescue, Carmac and Renee create the ideal family of thieves who con the rich out of money, jewelry, art and anything else of value.  Grace has never had any difficulty pulling of a job until the Playa Hermosa con.  Here she finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught…including the most important one of all:  never fall for your mark.
Zink does an amazing job of keeping the action flowing and the suspense at a peak throughout the story.  Readers will be engaged in Grace’s first person narration.  She is a strong, realistic character with plenty of guilt, regret, and doubts. Being in the situation she was in couldn’t have been pleasant, choosing between her “family” and being honest. and empathize with her adopted brother Parker who only wants what’s best for her.  And let’s just say I never expected that ending.  The only complaint is that this is the first in the series and ends with many unanswered questions.  This is the first in what promises to be riveting series.  Perfect for fans of action and mystery.
“An addictive read.” – Booklist
“Highly readable, gripping and touching.” – Kirkus (starred review)
“… a gripping, edgy thriller…” – Publisher’s Weekly
 

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