Author: Andrew Cunningham
Narrator: Greg Hernandez
Length: 5 hours 46 minutes
Series: Lies Mystery Thriller Series, Book 4
Publisher: Andrew Cunningham
Released: Nov. 15, 2019
Horrific plane crash, murderous deception, and a deadly chase in the alligator-infested Florida Everglades! On the afternoon of May 11, 1996, ValuJet 592 plunged into the Florida Everglades. There were no survivors. But something came through the crash unscathed: a small box with huge implications for humankind. And the one man unlucky enough to discover its whereabouts disappeared without a trace. Now, 20 years later, the mystery of Flight 592 hits close to home for Del Honeycutt and best-selling mystery author Sabrina Spencer. A shocking revelation launches them into the middle of a dark conspiracy, and locating the box becomes a matter of life or death. They are not alone in the hunt for the mysterious package and very quickly learn that others will stop at nothing to find it, eliminating anyone who stands in their way. With killers hot on their trail, Del and Sabrina must navigate dangers lurking both above and below the swamp waters of the Everglades in order to find the box...and to survive.
Secrets & Lies is the newest audio addition in Andrew Cunningham’s Lies series, and this one starts out with a bang. Literally, a bang, and Del and Sabrina are pulled into another rollercoaster ride of a mystery, this one hitting a little closer to home.
I can always count on Del and Sabrina for an entertaining story, and this one is no different. Much like its predecessors, this fourth book in the series is fast paced and full of danger. And if you’re familiar with this couple, then you already know that danger seems to follow them wherever they go. They also do a fair amount of traveling as they move from one clue to the next, and this one takes them all the way to the Florida Everglades, where bullets aren’t the only danger they need to watch out for.
The author gives us some pretty good twists in this one, and it was interesting to me that one big one came very early in the book. That wasn’t a bad thing by any means. Instead, that big twist sets the tone for the whole story, and it’s a whopper. This book is certainly suitably named with the many secrets and lies that are revealed with each new twist.
Del isn’t the only one telling us this crazy, twisted tale. We do still get plenty of him and his sometimes self-deprecating wit, and his chapters are in first person POV. Then we get another view that is done in third person. Now, normally, that would irritate me, but Andrew Cunningham makes it work for this book and these characters. And it’s all brought to life by the very capable Greg Hernandez. I think I’ve mentioned it before with this series, but it bears repeating; for me, Greg Hernandez feels like the perfect voice for Del, and at this point, that’s exactly what Del sounds like. Hernandez doesn’t give us a big, dramatic performance, but it doesn’t sound like he’s just reading the book either. Instead, it feels like we’re being told the story – by Del during his chapters, and by a very good storyteller in the others.
All in all, Secrets & Lies is another entertaing listen in the series. Cunningham give us some great characters and a hard to put down story, and Hernandez brings it all to life for a solid listen. I have to add that Seymour gets plenty of page time in this one, which was much appreciated by this listener. He’s been a favorite of mine since the beginning with his cranky barbs and sharp wit. I did see that there’s a fifth book in the series, and I’m anxious to see if there’s an audio version in the works.