There is nothing a mother wouldn’t do to protect her children.

They think they’ve won. Good. While I try my best not to kill Gabriel, Aidan is hunting down the person responsible for destroying our lives; the one we call the Puppet Master. Separate but, united, Aidan and I continue to fight our enemies, desperate to reclaim what they stole from us.

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By chance Eli and I stumble on a small, off the grid town – Pepper Gorge. It soon becomes clear this is not a place where people choose to live. Their lives controlled by a centuries-old evil, passed down through generations. If not for a woman running into the restaurant screaming about a body that has been found in the woods, we might never have realised what this place is. A cult.

Unable to turn my back on the innocent people of Pepper Gorge, Eli and I start investigating, despite it putting pregnant me in danger. No more dangerous than living in the same house as Gabriel.

With each passing day, more questions arise, and not enough answers. Not only questions about Pepper Gorge, but also the link between my father’s best friend and the Puppet Master. The most important question – what really happened the night my parents died?

Their car crash wasn’t an accident…

My Review

Who will survive and who will incur the wrath of Finley to the point where they must die? Who is friend and who is foe? As with Deception, there will be some surprises, some shocks and some disappointments (or maybe that’s just me).

I still can’t help loving Ari/Gabriel as he was in Orca, I am still hoping for his redemption – what will it take for me to change my mind and finally be convinced? I think I may be this time. He’s an assassin – probably not someone I would choose as a lover or even a friend, but then so are Finlay and Aidan, though their motives are quite different.

In Binding Lies we have a new group of villains and a new plot. Uncle Tom – godfather turned traitor, the aforementioned Ari/Gabriel, the so-called Puppet Master, who runs the whole shebang and how does it involve the possible murder of Finley’s parents. As usual there is another thread, but this time it’s not a serial killer on the loose, it’s the story of Pepper Gorge, a strange place where no-one is old and time appears to have stood still. Finley and co come across it by accident, stopping at what looks like a cafe for breakfast, to be told that they only serve boiled eggs and sausages today. I was waiting for the sound of duelling banjos (those of us old enough to remember the film Deliverance).

Finley overhears the ‘waitress’ Nicol talking about who she would be married to at sixteen and how she wants to be his only wife. Our heroes send in secret drones and do their research on the dark web, when the name Sevens Hunter appears on a blog, telling tales of strange goings on in a place that is totally off the radar, where there are hunters who hunt young women and it is all run by a group of five men who call themselves The Originals. He is, of course, talking about Pepper Gorge.

It can only mean one thing – it’s a cult. I love a good cult story – ever since the Moonies in the seventies, Waco and The Children of God to name but a few, I’ve been fascinated by cults. I can never understand how sensible, intelligent people can get wrapped up in this nonsense, even handing over large sums of money, often to sustain the lavish lifestyle of the leaders.

But Pepper Gorge is far more sinister (though probably not more so than the Children of God who advocated sex with children). We will gradually discover what’s going on and the link to the main plot. It’s disturbing stuff – even more disturbing than the thoughts that take place in Finely’s head.

Book Four Fortius will be published later this year.

Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours

About the Author

Mariëtte Whitcomb studied Criminology and Psychology at the University of Pretoria. An avid reader of psychological thrillers and romantic suspense novels, writing allows her to pursue her childhood dream to hunt criminals, albeit fictional and born in the darkest corners of her imagination. When Mariëtte isn’t writing, she reads or spends time with her family and friends.

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