Lie in Plain Sight by Maggie Barbieri is the third book in the “Maeve Conlon” thriller series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, March 2016.
It’s a busy day at the bakery Maeve Conlon owns when she receives a phone call from the high school saying Maeve’s employee’s daughter, Taylor Dvorak, is ill. Taylor’s mom is out on a delivery and Taylor has her own car, so harried Maeve gives the school nurse permission to send Taylor home on her own. But Taylor never makes it: Somewhere between the school and her house, she just vanishes.
Not only does Maeve feel responsible, but she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to Taylor’s disappearance than meets the eye. So Maeve decides to take matters into her own capable hands. She finds that Farringville has a lot more to hide than most small towns, from the secretive high school girls’ soccer coach to Taylor’s estranged father and her troubled mother, and she gets to work shining a light on all these mysteries.
Balancing this dark undertaking and her relationship with a local policeman, Maeve will have to walk the fine line between justice and revenge carefully if she hopes to prevail in the next suspenseful novel from Maggie Barbieri.
Secrets! Left hidden can open up a can of worms which threatens the life of those it touches. When a child is missing, feeling the cops are not doing enough, Maeve does it again and what’s left untold created a riveting and captivating drama that I could not put down. The author did a great job in setting this well-written and executed plot where anything that could happen, happens with enough intrigue and suspense that had me quickly turning each page and devouring the content as I had to know how this was going to all end and boy was I surprised with the twists and turns that this drama took in the telling of this tale. The emotional toll of the heroine is a major factor in the flow and pacing in this narrative and I felt it as well as the story moved to a conclusion worthy of the characters portrayed in this series. This is a grippingly engaging read and I’m glad that I got a chance to know and understand Maeve Conlon.