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Publisher's Note:

"Threadgill plunges a detective from the San Antonio Property Crimes Division into a deep-laid plot involving murder, kidnapping, and myriad other crimes above her pay grade."--Kirkus Reviews Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she's correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie. With time running out, Amara must convince others--and herself--that despite all evidence to the contrary, the boy lives. And she will do everything in her power to bring him home. A fresh voice in suspense, Tom Threadgill will have you questioning everything as you fly through the pages of this enthralling story.…

Collision of Lies

by Thomas Threadgill

Overall Book Review:

Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill is a book clearly not written to exclusively appease the romantic reader fans of the world.  The book is focused on the mystery at hand and the uncertainty of various bits of information discovered or provided to Amara Alvarez, a member of the San Antonio Police force.

The author has a great way of sharing his characters and their relationships that make the reader feel as though he is present for the conversations and interactions.  The dry humor comes across as natural and part of the characters’ lives and not just something the writer put in to entertain.

There are all sorts of things happening in this story and it keeps readers wondering exactly when or how these things might be related.  Things get intense and it is not easy to walk away from the story.  The need to know what happens next is very compelling.  Never fear those of you who enjoy romance–hints are being dropped and characters are clearly picking up on them, it is just not a book focused on the romance.  

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Characters discuss the possibility that a person deliberately killed an entire bus full of children; a person reports being shot at several times; a character is kidnapped and threatened; several reports of murders having taken place; report that a child was killed. 

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters embrace. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of close family members, kidnapping, scientific experimentation on humans.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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