Series Name: Gus Monet, # 2

Review By Veronica

Poison Lilies is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you guessing.

Favourite Quote:

Drip, drip, drip 

Drip, drip, drip

Water in a rusty pipe, mocking her desert throat. 

She exhales. Then unexpectedly something happens. 

Water seeps from beneath her. It’s not a trickle. More like a confident gush. It startles her. Soaks through her leggings in seconds. Gus sits motionless as warm liquid circles her and reality dawns in the deep darkness. She braces for what she knows is next. Gus takes another shuddering breath and places both hands on her swollen belly. 

The baby is coming.”

Goodreads Synopsis: 

In Katie Tallo’s thrilling follow-up to the international bestseller Dark August, Gus Monet is swept into the orbit of a prominent, wealthy family whose privilege is founded on a dangerous web of secrets they’re desperate to keep hidden

After moving back to her hometown and solving her mother’s murder, August (Gus) Monet thought she was done. Settled. Content for the first time in her life.

Cue hard reset number whatever.

She made a mistake she couldn’t undo, so Gus cut and run. Packed all her things in the dead of night and took off. Now somewhat settled into The Ambassador, an art-deco apartment building with cheap rent in one of Ottawa’s oldest neighborhoods, Gus has found the perfect place for a fresh start—or a good place to hide.

Gus also finds friendship in Poppy Honeywell, her reclusive neighbor perpetually wrapped in a pink kimono like an aging Old Hollywood starlet. She’s also a descendant of the Mutchmores, one of the town’s founding families. When a body is found in the pond of a nearby park, her connection to this powerful and wealthy family turns dangerous, possibly deadly. The Mutchmores are hiding something and are willing to do anything to keep their secrets buried.

This book starts with a bang. I was instantly hooked and was incredibly excited to get absorbed into the triller Kate had created. Fans of Kate’s first book Dark August will be thrilled at Gus’s next adventure, and for those who haven’t read the first book, don’t worry; this book can be read as a stand-alone.

Kate does a good job keeping her readers entertained with plenty of twists and turns. The characters will have you guessing what their true motivation is. I have to admit; that I am really enjoying reading all these thriller books that are set in Canada. It’s so neat reading a book that features places that you have visited or know are only a few hours away from you.

My only problem with this book was the almost constant changing of POV’s and timeline changing. It really made it very disjointed for me to read and hard to follow along. It was a real distraction, but to be fair, I am not always a fan of books that jump around a lot. It’s one of my major pet peeves when it comes to how stories are structured. 

Overall, Poison Lilies is a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Thank you Harper Collins for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.