Joe Hart – Where They Lie Review

Genre: Thriller
Length: 240 Pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercers
Release date: April 18th 2023

Family is content for Kaylee Volk. Her vlogs celebrate a happy home with her husband and their three foster children, Bethany, Mason, and Andrea. Everything is perfect until the day the family’s private plane plummets into the ocean. Only Kaylee manages to survive—with a shocking revelation: Andrea did it.

This is particularly devastating for Nora McTavish, a child protective services agent who is already familiar with Andrea’s troubled history. Given Nora’s own traumatic childhood, how could she not have sensed the profound darkness festering within the girl? What did she miss? Could she have stopped Andrea?

As Kaylee struggles to cope with the crushing loss, Nora’s investigation begins. But her guilt soon turns to unease. Secret by secret, Nora pieces together a Volk family puzzle that’s more twisted than anyone saw—one far from the picture-perfect life Kaylee sold to the public. And the closer Nora looks, the more disturbing it gets.

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

As a longtime fan of Joe Hart I’m always excited to see a new book of his on the horizon. Whether its horror, mystery, sci-fi or a thriller, which I feel is a definite strong suit for Joe Hart, I know I’m in for a good read. Personal favorites, The Liam Dempsey series and Obscura were excellent and still stay with me. Where They Lie is yet another great read, and one I won’t forget any time soon.

The writing is fantastic, and the plot is excellent. It kept me guessing well into the final chapters, and I couldn’t put it down, nor did I want to. Joe Hart took his time to build his protagonist, giving her depth and a backstory that is deeply constructed. As we learn about Nora’s youth and the horrors she has survived it is impossible not to become connected to her, and feel her pain.

Where They Lie starts off with a bang as the scene of the plane crash is told in a griping fashion. Then the mystery is laid out before us, taunting us to try and solve this puzzle. As Nora works to answer who and why behind the tragedy there are plenty of tense moments, and one in particular that had me flipping pages until the outcome was exposed. I was shocked as key elements of the mystery became clear. And I was further stunned at the conclusion, which I sure as heck didn’t see coming. For me, Where They Lie is one of Joe Harts best. For fans of his work, I highly recommend this one along with my favorites previously mentioned.

Link to purchase Where They Lie

Joe Hart, Biography-

Joe Hart is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of thirteen novels that include The River Is Dark, Obscura, and The Last Girl. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family. For more information on his upcoming novels and access to his blog, visit


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