Friday, August 14, 2015

Blog Tour: Portrait of Lies by Clair M. Poulson

Review * Giveaway
Portrait of Lies by Clair M. Poulson

Book Description:

It was a robbery gone bad, or so they said. For Detective Trey Shotwell, the murder of his mother, a prominent artist, was the catalyst for setting aside his own artistic aspirations to pursue a career in law enforcement—despite the opposition of his father, also a famous painter. When he agrees to attend an art auction featuring his father's work, the cruise ship locale provides the relaxation that Trey needs—and when he meets stunning fellow passenger Ariah Stanton, the undeniable chemistry they share is an unexpected bonus.

But the tranquil voyage quickly turns into a nightmare at sea. The Shotwell paintings have disappeared, and amidst the chaotic hunt for the thief, a murderer is free to roam the halls of the ship. Ariah finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and miraculously escapes the murderer—for now. But another victim is not so lucky...

The crime is eerily reminiscent of the death of Trey's mother so many years before. But this time, the young detective has the resources he needs to track the killer. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, they paint the chilling picture of a sinister plot years in the making. In a manhunt that takes him from the high seas of the Pacific to the wilderness of Australia, Trey will stop at nothing to solve the crime and protect the woman he loves.

Rorie's Review:
I have always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand, so I enjoyed that parts of this book were set in those countries, even though most of the story took place on the cruise ship.

My favorite character was probably Trey's friend, Hans. He was so energetic and fun-loving, you just couldn't help but like him.

Finding out who the bad guy was at the end was a complete shock to me. I always try to figure it out before it's revealed to the reader, but there was no way I would have guessed this one.

The romance between Trey and Aariah fell kind of flat for me. There just didn't seem to be a whole lot of emotion involved. I do wish that part of the book had been developed a bit better.

Tarah's Review: 

I've got to admit that most of this story fell pretty flat for me. The dialogue just wasn't there, and while I really enjoyed the premise of the story I felt like I was just being told a bunch of stuff. I didn't lose myself in the story. Instead, because of how many bad guys there are, I felt like I was constantly trying to figure out who was who, and not in a "who-done-it" way.

I did, however, enjoy the parts about Australia. There is a scene in the book with kangaroos and snakes, and if it was portrayed correctly the animal behavior was interesting.

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Author: Clair M. Poulson
Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 1680472445
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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