TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Shattered Lies by S. J. Francis, Kate Thayer has grown up being raised by her grandmother, believing her parents died in a car crash when she was just a baby. One day she goes into the attic and finds a journal left by her mother that opens a can of worms Kate is not really prepared for, changing her life forever.
Francis writes a poignant and moving tale of bigotry, deceit, and the ultimate betrayal, where the people who you are supposed to be able to trust are the ones who tell the most devastating lies. I give the book 4.4 Stars. October 24, 2015.
REGAN MURPHY SAYS: Shattered Lies by S. J. Francis is the story of what happens when people commit unspeakable acts and then try to cover them up with ever-expanding lies. Our heroine, Kate Thayer, is a veterinarian, running her family’s horse farm in Mississippi. She has been raised by her grandmother and led to believe certain things about the death of her parents when she was just a child. As usually happens with deep dark secrets, Kate discovers the truth accidentally, and her life is forever altered.
Shattered Lies is the story of the cruel, inhuman things man does to man, and the tangled webs we weave trying to cover up our heinous behavior. It’s a heart-warming and heart-breaking tale of a young woman who discovers that everything she believed about herself, her parents, her very life, is nothing but a lie. I’m giving Shattered Lies 4.3 Stars. October 24, 2015.
5 STARS Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite:
Shattered Lies by S.J. Francis is the story of Kate Thayer, a simple girl who runs her family’s horse farm. She is content with her life. She is a veterinarian and she loves her grandmother who raised her. However, when a series of lies come out and destroy her world, she has no idea if she can trust her grandmother again. Their relationship is tarnished and everything she believed about herself and her life was changed right from that instant.
Kate has no idea how she can change the past, but she is adamant to change her future. With the help of her grandmother and her grandmother’s once best friend, Kate will try to right the wrong and bring back that one part of her that was snatched from her when she was nothing but a baby. Now it is the quest of her grandmother to bring their relationship together and regain respect for one another.
Shattered Lies, the title implies a mystery novel or an action novel. When I first started to read this novel, I thought this would be a regular old-school mystery. Boy, was I surprised to find that the title implies so much more than the genre. The story is heartfelt and very real. I am very impressed with S.J. Francis. The way the author wrote the novel was super amazing and fascinating. She transported me back in time and made me feel the pain and confusion of a grandmother who thought she was doing the right thing. It is a great novel, one that I would like to read again and again. November 2015.
Tracy from The Writing Piazaa says: December 4, 2015.
The family is like a precious jewel to be protected and admired. Yet, when lies build an ugly cobweb of deception, the end result is powerful enough to shatter the foundation of the truth and thus, the familial bond.
SJ Francis examines the destruction of one family's foundation under the weight of lies in her thoughtful and wonderful book, Shattered Lies.
The main protagonist of this story, Kate Thayer, is a veterinarian living on her family's farm. She adores the animals and her grandmother, strong willed matriarch Katherine Thayer. At the outset, the reader learns that both of Kate's parents have died and that she was raised by her paternal grandmother. The young woman also lost her husband, Adam, in a tragic accident.
Kate's paternal grandmother, Katherine Thayer is the epitome of the old school Southern lady. While she has left Kate to handle the daily business of the farm, Katherine is privy to what is going on. Katherine rules her household with an iron fist. With deep rooted prejudices, Katherine is often unkind to her African American servants who are, for the most part, very loyal to her. When Kate goes into the locked attic and discovers her mother's journal, her curiosity drives her to learn more about her mother. All she knows is that there was intense hatred between her mother's family and her father's family.
What follows for Kate is a journey of discovery as she confronts familial skeletons. It is a lost of innocence for her, in a way, and of trust in the people in her life. Yet, these revelations offer a new future for her and the possibility of reshaping her family.
There are so many twists and turns that suspense is effectively sustained throughout the book.
Shattered Lies explores the painful legacy of bigotry and how such a legacy can destroy many lives. In doing so, SJ Francis writes with raw honesty using language that has become embedded in the culture of racism. It will be uncomfortable and unpleasant for the reader at times. But I do applaud Francis' efforts. She has crafted a memorable book that will leave a lasting impression.
A very thought provoking book.
I give it 5/5 ink pens.