City of Lies – Victoria Thompson

An exciting new series featuring woman-on-the-run Elizabeth Miles—from the beloved national bestselling author of the Gaslight Mysteries.

Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…

 
Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.
 
She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son, Gideon, is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. Elizabeth knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gideon. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.

My review

Well, this was certainly not what I expected from the blurb. And yet, in a way, it was. This story is not for the faint at heart, because it describes the horrors of early twentieth century in jail. But it is definitely an original story, with a lot of twist and turns. At first, I had some trouble getting ‘into’ the story. Mostly because we start with Betty Perkins who is working together with some men to swindle Oscar Thornton out of money. But because everybody is lying, deceiving and working under false names, it is hard to distinguish who is who. And who is the bad guy and who is not. Especially when basically half of the characters are a bit shady. Especially Elizabeth, a.k.a. Betty, who is playing a con to make a fortune via said Thornton.

But the con goes wrong terribly and she has to flee for her life. Accidentally stumbling upon the Suffragettes and pretending to be one of them to save herself from being discovered. When the women get arrested, Elizabeth sees this as an opportunity to stay save from Oscar. But what she didn’t take into account was the bond she would get with her fellow arrested women. They stand for a cause and she can’t help but admire them. Victoria Thompson does an outstanding job in addressing all kinds of issues regarding women’s rights and lesbians. Furthermore, it is nice to see a smart and independent woman being able to stand up for herself.

Gideon is an adorable man, who is smitten by Elizabeth. But he is as honest as she is dishonest. Could they be a likely pair? Or will Elizabeth’s lies caught up with her? Find out for yourselves in the City of Lies.

Three out of five stars from me and a thank you to FirstToRead for providing the arc.

Publisher: Berkley

Published: November 2017

ISBN: 9780399586576

My Rating: ♥♥♥

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