A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.
Gilding the Lily by Justine John
Published: November 24, 2016
Published by: I_AM Self-Publishing
e-book: 212 pages
Content rating: PG-13
A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies. An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics. Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her… When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits' end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…
The author has done a superb job of creating a suspenseful atmosphere, with surprising twists and peopled with complex characters, foremost among who is Evelyn, capturing the essence of Evelyn's "strangeness", for example. Even the humble "lily of the valley" flower takes on ominous overtones, adding to the mounting mystery.
I was highly disappointed in the gratuitous expletives and f-bombs peppered throughout the book. Otherwise it’s a well-written tale of jealousy, family dynamics, mystery and murder.
Sandra Olshaski's disclaimer: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.