I like the story concept for Where the Lies Hide by Renee Roman.
The story is about Sarah Peters, who has just lost her adoptive mother to cancer and discovers she has a twin brother who was separated from her at birth. She hires private investigator Camdyn (Cam) Stark to find her brother so she can try and connect with him since Sarah believes he is the only family she has left. Cam is a little reluctant to take the job because the idea of searching through the Social Services System might bring back memories of her own horrible youth in that same system. Cam takes the job and finds much more than she expected as she searches for Sarah’s brother.
As I said above, I like the concept of the novel. The story idea is well thought out and well researched. I really connected with Cam’s character, and I did see the attraction between the two main characters. I had trouble connecting with Sarah though. For a character that is supposed to be really nice and sweet, she could be quite harsh, especially with Cam. There were times I just wanted bitch slap her. The story also lagged for me in a few places, and I even found myself skimming once or twice.
The best I can say is that overall, this is a fair story. It has some really good parts to it, and some that could have been improved on. I’m glad I read it, but I would not say this book is a favorite.
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.