Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Review: Tell No Lies by Allison Brennan (Blog Tour)

About the Book

Tell No Lies : A Novel 
Allison Brennan
On Sale Date: March 30, 2021
$27.99 USD
432 pages

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan's newest thriller again features an edgy young female LAPD detective and an ambitious special agent, both part of a mobile FBI unit that is brought in to investigate the unsolved murder of a college activist and its alleged ties to high stakes crime in the desert Southwest.

Something mysterious is killing the wildlife in the desert hills just south of Tucson, Arizona. When Emma Perez, a college-intern-turned activist, sets out to collect her own evidence, she too ends up dead. Local law enforcement seems slow to get involved. That’s when the mobile FBI unit goes undercover to infiltrate the town and the copper refinery located there in search of possible leads. Costa and Quinn find themselves scouring the desolate landscape that keeps on giving up clues to something much darker—greed, child trafficking, other killings. As the body count continues to add up, it's clear they have stumbled on more than they bargained for. Now they must figure out who is at the heart of this mayhem and stop them before more innocent lives are lost.

Brennan's latest novel brims with complex characters and an ever-twisting plotline, a compelling thriller that delivers.

My Review

College student, Emma Perez, is determined to find out what is killing the wildlife in the Tucson, Arizona area.  She and her boyfriend investigate on their own, but instead of finding out anything, Emma is killed and her boyfriend wants answers.

Matt Costa, head of the Mobile Response Team, calls his task force into action.  Kara Quinn goes undercover, but Costa makes sure she’s under his watchful eye, as well as the rest of the team.  Things take a nasty turn as another dead body turns up and the team realizes they are onto something really big and something they never saw coming.

This story is rich in drama.  There are a couple of different storylines that become intertwined with each other.  The story takes a darker turn than expected involving child trafficking.  This is an engrossing police procedural.  I was trying to figure it all out as the detectives did, although I did realize a couple of things sooner than they did.  LOL  

It’s the second book of a series but can be read as a standalone.  Although it’s nice to read the first book to get introduced to the team, the mystery is contained in this book from start to finish.  

I really enjoy getting to know the members of the mobile response team.  I’m hoping future books will focus on other team members as well.  They all seem to have something going on in their personal lives.

The characters and story are well written.  There’s a hint of romance between Costa and Quinn, but it’s really just a hint.  The mystery takes center stage and that’s the way I like it.  The book is filled with suspense, mystery, greed and betrayal.  All the ingredients to make this an exciting adventure with a thrilling finale.

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2021
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2021 (Arizona)
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2021
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

ALLISON BRENNAN is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over thirty novels. She has been nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers and the Daphne du Maurier Award. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in Arizona with her husband, five kids and assorted pets.


Social Links

Author website: https://www.allisonbrennan.com/

Facebook: @AllisonBrennan

Twitter: @Allison_Brennan

Instagram: @abwrites

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/52527.Allison_Brennan


  1. Sounds like some strong character work here.

  2. A mobile FBI unit?? Since when is the FBI mobile? LOL.

  3. mystery take center stage...i like that too. sounds like a good fit, as do you banner list
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Sounds like a good mystery! Glad you enjoyed it, great review!


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