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Dark Lie
by Nancy Springer
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New American Library, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Nancy Springer has written a most unusual psychological thriller in Dark Lie, starring Candor 'Dorrie' White. Raised by stern religious fundamentalists, Dorrie was taken in by Blake (a charismatic, but very troubled young man) in her teens. Her parents gave up the baby that she bore for adoption.

Since that time, Dorrie, once 'balletically slender' with long dark hair, married Sam, but her looks and life were subsequently blighted by lupus. Only in her thirties, the treatments have left her with 'chipmunk cheeks and hippopotamus hips', so that she looks middle-aged. And the disease also 'made every movement painful'. Unable to have children with Sam, she tracked down her sixteen-year-old daughter, Juliet, adopted privately by the Phillips. Don Phillip is now 'a gubernatorial hopeful'.

Dorrie has a secret - she indulges herself in Saturday afternoon visits to the mall, where she watches Juliet hanging out with her friends. But this time is different. Dorrie sees Juliet being abducted by a stranger, and follows recklessly in her car. A series of mischances follows, leaving Dorrie, along with Juliet, in the hands of a crazed kidnapper, who pulls her back into dark memories of her own past. Of course, the police, learning that she's been stalking Juliet, assume that Dorrie is the kidnapper.

Only Sam believes in her innocence. He's desperate over her welfare and certain that she's a victim. In the twisted tale that follows, Dorrie and Sam show equal courage in their willingness to do whatever it takes to protect those they love. If you're looking for something very different and gripping in a noir thriller, you won't go wrong with Dark Lie.

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