Tell Me Lies by Ed James @EdJamesAuthor @bookouture #TellMeLies #BlogTour #NewRelease #NetGalley #CrimeThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Tell Me Lies by Ed James

Tell Me Lies: A completely addictive and unputdownable crime thriller (Detective Max Carter Book 1) by [James, Ed]


Fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci will be gripped by this heart-racing FBI thriller from bestselling author Ed James.

Megan Holliday opens her eyes and finds herself slumped on her doorstep. The last thing she remembers is being in the car with her two kids. She sees a handwritten note on her lap – Don’t call the police. It’s then that she realises her car is missing, and her children are gone…

Leading the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, FBI agent Max Carter will stop at nothing to find children taken from their families. After all, he was once one of those taken children, so he knows exactly what’s at stake. When he hears that a young senator’s two children have been abducted and their mother left for dead, he races to the Holliday family home in Washington State.

Facing a wall of police cruisers and blacked-out SUVs, Carter quickly uncovers the facts. Megan Holliday was ambushed by a man with a gun as she returned home from taking her kids out for ice cream. Bound and drugged, the attacker left her unconscious on the doorstep with the sinister note on her lap.

As Senator Christopher Holliday walks through the halls of the US Federal Building in Seattle, his phone beeps with an alert. Frustrated by the interruption, he takes a cursory glance and is horrified by the image on the screen – his two children, Brandon and Avery, unconscious. The message he gets simply reads Meet me or they die.

When Agent Carter tries to make contact with the busy senator, it seems the politician has gone missing, fleeing from the Federal Building and abandoning his distraught wife. If Carter knows one thing, it’s that Holliday has something to hide. And he just became Carter’s prime suspect.







I was looking forward to reading this book and it lived up to everything that I could have asked for and much more. Max Carter heads a special unit in the FBI that deals with the abduction of children, he understands more than most, how it affects a child because he was a victim himself when he was a boy. This new series is about Max Carter and the cases that he will be taking on. He really knows how something like this can screw with your head because with him it still does.

When a senators wife is drugged and her two children abducted Max Carter and his team don’t take too long to click onto the fact that this whole thing seems a bit off. Someone’s behaviour is more than a little odd.

The story is told through a few different characters, including the kidnapper and I soon began to realise that I could assume nothing. I found it was impossible to guess the outcome which made it not just intriguing but pretty unique too. Nothing is random and before long the way that I had put everyone into neat little boxes of good and bad just fell apart.

I love the way this author thinks, the inner stories that lead to the way someone does what they do, the last resort which is out of character to who they are. Ed James pushes his characters to the brink and the results are unpredictable. Superb reading.

There is a little worm on the hook ending to keep you thinking and wanting more, well it worked. Bring me more.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.



Ed James is the author of multiple series of crime novels.

The bestselling DI Simon Fenchurch series is set in East London and published by Thomas & Mercer.

The self-published Scott Cullen series of Scottish police procedurals features a young Edinburgh Detective Constable investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. The first book, “Ghost in the Machine”, has been downloaded over 400,000 times, hitting both the Amazon UK & US top five.

The Craig Hunter books is a sister series to the Cullen novels, with a PTSD-suffering ex-squaddie now working as a cop investigating sexual abuse cases. With lots of slapstick and banter.

Ed lives in East Lothian, Scotland and writes full-time, but used to work in IT project management, where he filled his weekly commute to London by literally writing on planes, trains and automobiles.


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