Title- Captured Lies
By Maggie Thom
Publication Date- October 17th, 2012
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it....
Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story... but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.
“Hi. We’re sorry for your loss.”
“Thank you.” Bailey tried to go around the threesome but the woman put her hand on her arm, detaining her. Bailey looked at them blankly.
“Your mom was so good to Taylor.” The woman smiled at her daughter. “She used to come watch Taylor dance. She taught her more about ballet then I think the instructors did. Our Taylor blossomed under your mom’s teachings.”
Bailey nodded. It wouldn’t do any good to tell them they were at the wrong funeral. She’d begged her mom to put her in dance but her mom had said it was a waste of time. And it was expensive. Who’d pay for it? She doubted her mom even knew what a plié was. The woman gave her a quick hug before they moved off.
Everyone had gone. She took a deep breath then turned to look at her mom’s casket. The beautiful black onyx shone as though under a spotlight, draped with a white satin scarf and a large bouquet of flowers - daisies, irises, carnations, tiger lilies, pansies, roses and several others she didn’t know. It exploded with colors - reds, oranges, yellows, purples - and reminded her of the hill in ‛The Sound of Music’, her mom’s favorite movie.
I think you would have loved it, Mom. Bailey pressed her hands together as though in prayer and pressed them against her lips for a minute. Her mind went on rapid fire.
Were there enough flowers? Were they the right ones? Was that the right outfit for her Mom? Did it really matter what she wore? The blue one was her favorite. All those frills. The red, sleek dress was the one Bailey would have chosen. It was something else from the old days her mother wouldn’t talk about. Her mom had obviously arranged for the blue outfit. The funeral home already had it. But who had given it to them? How long had her mom known she was dying? Who had paid for the funeral? What else hadn’t she been told?
She took in several calming breaths. When can I get out of here? When can I go back home? Her mom’s stuff had to be gone through. Then she could go. Should I have found more people to come to this?
The letter from her mom had made it clear she had not wanted her death advertised anywhere. Definitely not in the newspaper. Putting up a small notice at the shop stating it was closed until further notice couldn’t be construed as advertising. Only the people who had phoned her cell to find out when it would open again had been told her mom had died. Walking backward she took one last look before bowing her head. Pain radiated through her skull with the blunt force of being hit by a hammer. Stopping, she pressed her fingers into her temples and counted to ten.
Maybe this’ll all disappear and I’ll wake up.
She looked about. A bleak, bleary day greeted her along with a clear view of her mom’s casket sitting over the open hole that was ready to swallow her. Bailey spun around. Her eyes lit on her car. Walking briskly, she moved towards it.
About The Author
Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full time twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket, she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured Lies) available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine