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When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also worki When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school. Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn't the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine--and startling connections emerge among the players--the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards? Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.


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When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also worki When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school. Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn't the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine--and startling connections emerge among the players--the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards? Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.

30 review for Labyrinth of Lies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is the story of Cate, the oldest of the Reilly sisters, second in the Triple Threat series. Cate really was over working undercover for the St. Louis Police. She would rather work her normal detective job but when a girl disappears from an exclusive girls' school, she is the only one on the team who can pass for a teenager. What Cate was not expecting was to run into her old flame Zeke Sloan from eight years ago when they worked together. Now Zeke is DEA, also working undercover to investig This is the story of Cate, the oldest of the Reilly sisters, second in the Triple Threat series. Cate really was over working undercover for the St. Louis Police. She would rather work her normal detective job but when a girl disappears from an exclusive girls' school, she is the only one on the team who can pass for a teenager. What Cate was not expecting was to run into her old flame Zeke Sloan from eight years ago when they worked together. Now Zeke is DEA, also working undercover to investigate a drug ring at the school, posing as the Spanish teacher at the school. They had a close relationship that ended badly with Cate getting hurt and she really doesn't want to rekindle things but they do have to work together. The story has lots of suspense and action with some tense and dangerous moments. The top bad guys use code names so we aren't given an idea of who they are until late in the story. Great characters, suspenseful mystery to solve, faith, romance and second chances make this another awesome Irene Hannon book. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.5 stars Labyrinth of Lies was a great sequel to Point of Danger, although I did enjoy that book just a bit more. It didn't take long before I was completely hooked by this story. I absolutely loved the suspense and undercover aspect. It was thrilling to continue to read and wonder what dangers the main characters might encounter. There were several moments that had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't read quickly enough. I loved the characters. I always seem to enjoy second chance romance s 4.5 stars Labyrinth of Lies was a great sequel to Point of Danger, although I did enjoy that book just a bit more. It didn't take long before I was completely hooked by this story. I absolutely loved the suspense and undercover aspect. It was thrilling to continue to read and wonder what dangers the main characters might encounter. There were several moments that had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't read quickly enough. I loved the characters. I always seem to enjoy second chance romance stories and this was no different. While the romance in this one was a little bit much at times for me, I still really enjoyed it overall. The ending was satisfying and I am eager to read the third book to see what happens next. All in all, Labyrinth of Lies was a great romantic suspense novel and I definitely recommend it. I don't think you have to read the first book, but I encourage you to as it was amazing. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Any Irene Hannon novel is a suspenseful delight. Since I lived in the St. Louis suburbs for 20 years, I always take a trip down memory lane as I read each book and look for familiar places. This time it was Hanks Cheesecake which I drove past it on my way to work. Nathaniel Bakery is near where I lived and was on my shopping route and Tony’s was in downtown Clayton where I went to the bank and library. Nostalgic to say the least. Cate Reilly, a County Detective, reluctantly goes undercover as a Any Irene Hannon novel is a suspenseful delight. Since I lived in the St. Louis suburbs for 20 years, I always take a trip down memory lane as I read each book and look for familiar places. This time it was Hanks Cheesecake which I drove past it on my way to work. Nathaniel Bakery is near where I lived and was on my shopping route and Tony’s was in downtown Clayton where I went to the bank and library. Nostalgic to say the least. Cate Reilly, a County Detective, reluctantly goes undercover as a student in a posh school for girls on the western outskirts of the City. When she meets up with Zeke Sloan, also undercover for DEA, things get interesting. Cate and Zeke have a history and their parting 8 years ago was very hurtful, so this case could make or break their tenuous relationship. How are they going to work together to solve their cases of a missing teen couple and a possible drug ring? Are their cases even connected? As the story unfolds, and they ferret out the bad guys, the tension ramps up and unpredictable things happen. Ms. Hannon is very adept at crafting taut, believable characters in settings that I recognize. As always, the culprits get dealt with, the romance heats up and faith lessons are learned. I enjoyed the relationship Cate had with her sisters and the new friend she made in Kayla. A great follow up to Point of Danger. Can’t wait to read book #3. *A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    A richly layered novel that kept the pages flying. There's a past rich with pain between the hero and heroine, and now they are forced into the same space. Both are undercover and the risk is high that something will go permanently wrong. I guessed who the pereptrator was, but it was carried out in such a way that I had to keep reading because I wanted to be wrong. A compelling story that I deeply enjoyed. A richly layered novel that kept the pages flying. There's a past rich with pain between the hero and heroine, and now they are forced into the same space. Both are undercover and the risk is high that something will go permanently wrong. I guessed who the pereptrator was, but it was carried out in such a way that I had to keep reading because I wanted to be wrong. A compelling story that I deeply enjoyed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was a powerful book. At times, I was a little confused about who the characters were and how they related to the story but in the end it all came together for me. There is so much suspense in the story and a little bit of romance which is perfect for me. Zeke and Cate go undercover separately in a private boarding school in order to uncover illegal activities that are happening at the school. The amount of lies and twists and turns in the story kept me looking forward to the next page. This book was a powerful book. At times, I was a little confused about who the characters were and how they related to the story but in the end it all came together for me. There is so much suspense in the story and a little bit of romance which is perfect for me. Zeke and Cate go undercover separately in a private boarding school in order to uncover illegal activities that are happening at the school. The amount of lies and twists and turns in the story kept me looking forward to the next page. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Labyrinth of Lies is the second book in the in the Triple Threat trilogy. This book could be read as a stand alone and it features the eldest sister Cate. She is a detective for the St. Louis County police department and goes undercover in an all girls school. She encounters her long lost love of her life at the school who is working his own case for the DEA. Their work intertwines and so does their feelings for each other. This is great thriller romance and I enjoyed it very much. I look forwar Labyrinth of Lies is the second book in the in the Triple Threat trilogy. This book could be read as a stand alone and it features the eldest sister Cate. She is a detective for the St. Louis County police department and goes undercover in an all girls school. She encounters her long lost love of her life at the school who is working his own case for the DEA. Their work intertwines and so does their feelings for each other. This is great thriller romance and I enjoyed it very much. I look forward to sister Grace's story next. *I received a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    This was another solid romantic suspense from a tested and favourite author. At first, I thought it was a bit unrealistic that a 33 year old can pass for a 17 year old, and it reminded me a bit of the movie, Never Been Kissed, but soon the characters and story pulled me in that I didn't really mind that fact. The undercover plot was interesting and I enjoyed following the characters finding the clues and following the evidence. I did know who the ultimate man was as soon as Kaylee told Cate somet This was another solid romantic suspense from a tested and favourite author. At first, I thought it was a bit unrealistic that a 33 year old can pass for a 17 year old, and it reminded me a bit of the movie, Never Been Kissed, but soon the characters and story pulled me in that I didn't really mind that fact. The undercover plot was interesting and I enjoyed following the characters finding the clues and following the evidence. I did know who the ultimate man was as soon as Kaylee told Cate something in the middle of the book, but it did not keep me from enjoying how everything developed and was revealed. The history between Zeke and Cate was deep with emotion and unsettled baggage. Zeke - I had a love - hate - love relationship with him as more facts were revealed, and enjoyed the second chance story they had. Love the relationship the sisters has and all the appearances by Eve and Grace. The book starts at a point before the epilogue of book 1, but I enjoyed that and how the epilogue brought both books together. This can be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading it in order. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    It's been a while since I've read Irene Hannon's romantic suspense and I'm so glad that I was able to read this one. I've missed the fast-paced plot with unexpected twists and turns and riveting suspense that the author brings to every book she writes. The premise is somewhat unique as a seasoned detective goes undercover as a teenager at an exclusive boarding school and a veteran DEA agent goes undercover at the same school as a substitute Spanish teacher. As the investigation into the disappea It's been a while since I've read Irene Hannon's romantic suspense and I'm so glad that I was able to read this one. I've missed the fast-paced plot with unexpected twists and turns and riveting suspense that the author brings to every book she writes. The premise is somewhat unique as a seasoned detective goes undercover as a teenager at an exclusive boarding school and a veteran DEA agent goes undercover at the same school as a substitute Spanish teacher. As the investigation into the disappearance of a student intersects with an investigation into a drug ring, Cate and Zeke are thrown together in impossible situations and they may just find a second chance at love if they can stay alive to solve their cases. Cate and Zeke are likable characters but their romance was a bit underwhelming. I did enjoy getting glimpses into the perpetrators' thoughts and actions but the mastermind behind the crimes was a total surprise and the identity cleverly disguised until the end. I received the book from the publisher via NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'In the world he'd occupied for close to a decade, there had been little evidence of the Almighty's presence-or even the existence of a loving God.' I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon. Her suspense books are great. She deftly layers on layer after layer of more suspense, thereby giving readers a more difficult time in trying to figure out the culprits. I was shocked at this one! She is very good at what she does and I never miss one of her good books. My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this 'In the world he'd occupied for close to a decade, there had been little evidence of the Almighty's presence-or even the existence of a loving God.' I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon. Her suspense books are great. She deftly layers on layer after layer of more suspense, thereby giving readers a more difficult time in trying to figure out the culprits. I was shocked at this one! She is very good at what she does and I never miss one of her good books. My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion here is my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    If nail biting stories are your thing, then Labyrinth of Lies will ALSO be your thing! While it's completely different than the first book, it does include another Reilly sister... Cate. She's gone undercover at an all girls' school to search for a missing girl and her boyfriend, and it's something she wasn't intending to do because undercover work just wasn't her thing. I liked Cate because she had spunk, but she didn't take undo risks. Sometimes women characters in the detective role go way ove If nail biting stories are your thing, then Labyrinth of Lies will ALSO be your thing! While it's completely different than the first book, it does include another Reilly sister... Cate. She's gone undercover at an all girls' school to search for a missing girl and her boyfriend, and it's something she wasn't intending to do because undercover work just wasn't her thing. I liked Cate because she had spunk, but she didn't take undo risks. Sometimes women characters in the detective role go way overboard. I really felt like Cate was really true to her character! I loved her by-the-book style and how she really thought through her role. And then there's Zeke. Hello, Zeke Martinez, aka Zeke Sloan, undercover at the same school as Cate, but for an entirely different reason. Sheesh, there's a lot going on at this private school! Both are undercover, but neither had any idea they'd be there so as a reader we could feel the tension between them. Of course, they have to work together, right?! Drugs, missing teens, people suspect left and right... makes me glad I wasn't at that school! Then there's the creep factor that there's someone on the inside, but who?! There were a good number of people to point the finger at! It's winter time in St. Louis at a private college in the middle of nowhere, nothing to see there, right? Easy to see why they'd be chosen for a drug cartel to drop their goods. Trying to connect the dots and hoping people don't get hurt had me biting my nails. I just loved Eduardo! Here's this man from Mexico trying to make a good life for his family, but let's just say things aren't easy for him. I know they only showed up a couple of times, but I enjoyed Cate's sisters spending time with her as well. It was fun to catch up with Eve, and now I'm even more excited about Grace's story. *I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Cate Reilly is going undercover--posing as a young woman in Ivy Hill's elite boarding school where the daughter of a high-profile businessman has disappeared. When she arrives at the school, she is surprised to find her former boyfriend, Zeke Sloan, is also working at the school undercover as a Spanish teacher. However, he is investigating to find out how drugs are being smuggled in the area from Mexico. Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon is aptly named as this book has loads of twists and turns- Cate Reilly is going undercover--posing as a young woman in Ivy Hill's elite boarding school where the daughter of a high-profile businessman has disappeared. When she arrives at the school, she is surprised to find her former boyfriend, Zeke Sloan, is also working at the school undercover as a Spanish teacher. However, he is investigating to find out how drugs are being smuggled in the area from Mexico. Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon is aptly named as this book has loads of twists and turns--and more than one person is putting on an act. Labyrinth of Lies kept me turning pages quickly to find out who the bad guys really were. There were a few surprises in this book, with a plot kept me guessing right up until the end for both detective's cases--who was involved in both the drugs and the disappearance of the student and her boyfriend. I enjoyed all of the characters, including the secondary characters. They all felt like real people. There were a few who had struggles with making good choices. There were also characters who showed forgiveness, grace and compassion with those they dealt with. The spiritual element was mostly quietly woven in throughout the story. I also enjoyed the rekindled feelings that led to romance between Zeke and Cate. I especially like the thought they put into whether they would rekindle their romance and that their relationship held off until the investigation was mostly complete. I read Labyrinth of Lies as a stand-alone. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    The storyline in this book completely grabbed my attention. Cate is assigned an undercover job. She's to register at a prestigious girl's school as a student, and be a 17 year old. Sounds like a cushy assignment, right? Well, maybe...until you remember that the reason for her position is that a girl and her boyfriend are both missing. Her task is to get close to some of the girls there and try to figure out just what exactly happened. To make things even more complicated, her ex boyfriend, Zeke, i The storyline in this book completely grabbed my attention. Cate is assigned an undercover job. She's to register at a prestigious girl's school as a student, and be a 17 year old. Sounds like a cushy assignment, right? Well, maybe...until you remember that the reason for her position is that a girl and her boyfriend are both missing. Her task is to get close to some of the girls there and try to figure out just what exactly happened. To make things even more complicated, her ex boyfriend, Zeke, is also working undercover there. He's the new Spanish teacher. I loved the characters, the setting, and the storyline. It was fun to read about, but contained so much mystery, action, and intrigue. Who or what is behind all the things that have been going on? The twists and turns the story takes to get you through all of it...well it's not a story you want to put down, so save it for a time when you can just read it the whole way through!! Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  13. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Police detective Cate Reilly goes undercover at an elite girls' school when the daughter of a high profile businessman goes missing. She teams up with DEA agent and former flame Zeke Sloan to unravel the twisted goings on, beneath the veneer of wealth and privilege. A fast paced suspense, with characters that you can cheer for to the end. Cate is fast thinking and intelligent, she isn't exactly thrilled to be working with Zeke, but the lives of the girls at the school are on the line. There is a Police detective Cate Reilly goes undercover at an elite girls' school when the daughter of a high profile businessman goes missing. She teams up with DEA agent and former flame Zeke Sloan to unravel the twisted goings on, beneath the veneer of wealth and privilege. A fast paced suspense, with characters that you can cheer for to the end. Cate is fast thinking and intelligent, she isn't exactly thrilled to be working with Zeke, but the lives of the girls at the school are on the line. There is a lot going on, as Cate and Zeke work to find answers while keeping their covers. I liked how they reconnected, making strides towards mending their relationship, finding common ground in their faith. While this is the second book in the series, it does stand on its own, though I loved seeing familiar characters form the previous book. A riveting plot and great character interaction make this book hard to put down. Can't wait to read Grace's story! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amber Thiessen

    The latest from Irene Hannon takes us to the Ivy Hill school where two undercover agents find each other working different cases at the present but have a past that’s unresolved. Cate is working the disappearance of a student, while Zeke is trying to sort out a drug smuggling ring. As they work together to untangle the cases, sorting through the web of hurt in their past will also take time and trust. If you’re a fan of Irene Hannon, this suspense filled story will hit the mark.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "They wanted her to take on another undercover gig? No way. Not happening." Apparently, it was yes-way . . . . . and definitely happening. Since St. Louis Detective Cate Reilly happened to be the "only one in her department who can pass for a seventeen-year-old", she was headed back to campus life, to a prestigious boarding school where a young woman and her boyfriend disappeared under mysterious circumstances. "What in blazes was Cate Reilly doing at Ivy Hill Academy?" Undercover DEA Age 3.5 stars "They wanted her to take on another undercover gig? No way. Not happening." Apparently, it was yes-way . . . . . and definitely happening. Since St. Louis Detective Cate Reilly happened to be the "only one in her department who can pass for a seventeen-year-old", she was headed back to campus life, to a prestigious boarding school where a young woman and her boyfriend disappeared under mysterious circumstances. "What in blazes was Cate Reilly doing at Ivy Hill Academy?" Undercover DEA Agent Zeke Sloan, hired as an interim Spanish teacher, is shocked to see the woman that he has never forgotten posing as a high school student. What were the chances that they could be working on the same case from different angles? There was only one way to find out, and he had a feeling that Cate was not going to like it, or any other thing about seeing his face again. "Ties to a Mexican drug cartel. Missing teenagers. A guidance counselor with questionable intentions. Were all those seemingly disparate pieces related?" It's going to take more than a few tutoring sessions to unravel the labyrinth of lies at Ivy Hill Academy. . . . .and possibly even longer for Zeke to convince Cate that he is a changed man. . . . . one that she can trust with her whole heart . . . . again. Enjoy this author's signature layering of suspects, while quietly and deliberately salvaging a romance!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hanne

    This is the third book I’ve read by Irene Hannon, and to be honest, I don’t really know about her books, or maybe just this series. While the suspense is well done and gripping, the rest of the book wasn’t good enough for me to fully enjoy it, and overall the story line is weak and the characters lack depth. Like other Hannon books I’ve read, this book was extremely focused on appearance and looks: from the first time the characters meet, there is a lot of thinking about how attractive the other This is the third book I’ve read by Irene Hannon, and to be honest, I don’t really know about her books, or maybe just this series. While the suspense is well done and gripping, the rest of the book wasn’t good enough for me to fully enjoy it, and overall the story line is weak and the characters lack depth. Like other Hannon books I’ve read, this book was extremely focused on appearance and looks: from the first time the characters meet, there is a lot of thinking about how attractive the other person is, a lot of “she fills out those jeans well” “he left the top button of his shirt unbuttoned” energy, and overall just a LOT of attention focused on the physical aspects of the two main love interests. Both of them are stereotypical attractive people doing well for themselves, but ~somehow~ single. They had had a relationship in the past (which is heavily alluded to, including when they (view spoiler)[ lost their virginities to each other, which isn’t explicitly said but heavily implied, but only for Cate?? like Zeke also participated but it was phrased as “something she gave to him” as if they didn’t mutually agree which was bizarre but anyways) (hide spoiler)] . As I’ve made clear from my other Christian fiction reviews, it’s a particular pet peeve of mine when two characters are drawn to each other because of their physical attributes: it’s extremely shallow, and does not bode well for their relationship, and this was extremely prevalent in this book. Another thing I didn’t really understand/like about this book/romance was the reason for Cate and Zeke’s original breakup? They had great chemistry and seemed to have not broken up over a *huge* fight, and it just seemed like overall they broke up 8 years ago over a miscommunication, then their romance reignited immediately once they saw each other again. It was also bizarre to me how (view spoiler)[ Cate didn’t have ANY idea Zeke was about to propose 8 years ago?? like did they not,,,talk about getting married AT ALL orrrrrr and also with that WHY did they have sex with each other if they didn’t intend on getting married. Like you don’t just *accidentally* have sex, it’s something that you can control????? (hide spoiler)] All in all, the relationship just didn’t seem healthy in this book. The other thing I really wasn’t a huge fan of in this book was the extraordinary profiling that was being done. The “crime” in this case focused on drug dealing and “the cartel,” which was fine in and of itself, but there was significant talk about illegal immigrants and the Spanish-speaking character was part of the drug business. It wasn’t outright racist, but there were definitely some . . . *implications* about people from Mexico specifically (regardless of their immigration status), which really does not sit well with me. There was also a black character in the book, who turned out to be fairly major to the plot. However, the way she was pulled into the storyline was because Cate wanted a “diverse roommate to broaden her exposure to other demographics and enhance her ethnic sensitivity,” which, 🤢. Granted, it was said semi-ironically, but STILL. Also related to the drug thing, this book treated alcohol as something bad, but not something absolutely horrible: like the protagonists didn’t drink, but the antagonists would drink beer. It definitely had negative connotations, but wasn’t actively villainized. However, they treated marijuana at the same level as heroin and meth, which was so bizarre to me: if anything, marijuana is closer to alcohol than hard drugs, but they were acting like it was something so absolutely awful. The only real distinction was that the white people were interacting with the marijuana and the Hispanic people were interacting with the heroin, which has,,,Implications to be sure. Lastly, the antagonist in this book was so built up, and the plot reached such a peak, but the motivation of the antagonist was really unknown? It was surprising and memorable to be sure, but the internal motivation of the antagonist was simply “[they] were not okay in the head. How does someone get to this point” without any more justification on their actions, which was really poorly executed, in my opinion. Some of the story was told from their point of view, but it was very much action based and didn’t justify the reason they were done, which did not justify the way the antagonist was thinking. Overall, I did really like the buildup of the story: the suspense was really well done and the romance wasn’t all too unbelievable. However, with the other content and other stuff factored in, I would not recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    This was an excellent romantic suspense novel from Irene Hannon. I enjoyed it more than the first in this series, though it was also good. This series follows 3 sisters. While this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone, the characters from the last book to make an appearance in this one, so if you're going to read them all, you should probably read them in order. This book follows middle sister Cate, who is a police detective. Though she has no interest in another undercover assignment, h This was an excellent romantic suspense novel from Irene Hannon. I enjoyed it more than the first in this series, though it was also good. This series follows 3 sisters. While this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone, the characters from the last book to make an appearance in this one, so if you're going to read them all, you should probably read them in order. This book follows middle sister Cate, who is a police detective. Though she has no interest in another undercover assignment, her sense of justice prevails when it becomes evident she's the only one who can take this assignment. When she comes across an old flame, also undercover in the same place, they have to learn how to work together as it becomes more evident that their cases might be connected. One of my general pet peeves about romantic suspense is the speed of the romance. Damsel in distress needs big strong man to come to her aid. He does, they fall in love in approximately 2 days time and are married 2 months later. It makes me roll my eyes. This one was so different from that in that Cate is not a damsel in distress, and she and Zeke have some serious history. There is some pain that needs to be overcome, but since the love grew between them years ago, it simply rekindles when they reconnect (which likely would have happened even without the suspense element). Therefore the romance moved at a good speed. They were actually mostly mature about it as well and made sure to wait to talk about "them" until after their cases were solved. The plot line of the suspense element was fast paced and well plotted. I really enjoyed the story line. The characters were also likable and relatable. The faith thread was minimal, but present as well. All in all, this was an excellent read. With good character development, a well-paced romance, a good suspense story and a nice overall balance, this is one I'd strongly recommend to fans of romantic suspense. Special thanks to Revell and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Can they unravel the lies before it's too late? I've been looking forward to reading Labyrinth Of Lies since reading the first Triple Threat Novel last year. That one quickly became my favorite Irene Hannon novel of all so I had high hopes for this one. Point Of Danger is still my favorite but Labyrinth Of Lies was great too! It was a strong addition to the Triple Threat series and was an equally riveting read, once again proving that Irene Hannon is a master of her craft. As a person who has ofte Can they unravel the lies before it's too late? I've been looking forward to reading Labyrinth Of Lies since reading the first Triple Threat Novel last year. That one quickly became my favorite Irene Hannon novel of all so I had high hopes for this one. Point Of Danger is still my favorite but Labyrinth Of Lies was great too! It was a strong addition to the Triple Threat series and was an equally riveting read, once again proving that Irene Hannon is a master of her craft. As a person who has often been mistaken for being much younger, and I take it as a compliment, it was fun to read a story where the heroine uses that in her pursuit of justice. Cate may be a bit reluctant at first to go undercover but this girl will get her villain no matter what...and she just might get her hero at the same time. Labyrinth Of Lies really is the perfect title for this book. Irene Hannon delivers many twists and turns in this second book in the Triple Threat series and she really keeps you guessing. I did figure out the villainous mastermind as soon as they were introduced so I wasn't surprised when they were revealed about ¾ of the way through, but, there were some other characters that I really wondered about the depth of their involvement. If you've never read any of Irene Hannon's books I highly recommend trying out her Triple Threat Novels. You can read them standalone though they are better read in order. If you have already read Point Of Danger I'd tell you to stop dilly-dallying and get to reading Labyrinth Of Lies... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    As the title indicates, the story is a labyrinth. Complex. Twisting. Elusive identities. The author has developed likable characters whose individual complexities befuddle the reader lending to the intricately woven plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the setting of a posh St. Louis boarding school was really nice. It takes place during a very cold Winter. Undercover detectives working as a teacher and a student were fun to imagine. The three Reilly sisters' loving bond is evidenced as two As the title indicates, the story is a labyrinth. Complex. Twisting. Elusive identities. The author has developed likable characters whose individual complexities befuddle the reader lending to the intricately woven plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the setting of a posh St. Louis boarding school was really nice. It takes place during a very cold Winter. Undercover detectives working as a teacher and a student were fun to imagine. The three Reilly sisters' loving bond is evidenced as two interact with their sister, Detective Cate, in Labyrinth of Lies. When I read and reviewed Triple Threat #1, Point of Danger, I first met the three sisters and Eve was the main character. Murder. Missing students. Drugs. Mexican cartel. Innocent bystanders. Romance that is sweet but has a back story that classifies the story (in my opinion) for older teens and adults. The convoluted path through the story was not discoverable until near the end of the book. I thoroughly enjoy this book and Irene Hannon continues to be a favorite author. I look forward to Triple Threat #3 to see what happens next to the other Reilly sister. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna B

    Wow! Just Wow! This book had me guessing all the way through. Full of action and twists and turns it was hard to figure out who the villain was—there were more than one, but the leader, oh my. I can’t imagine going undercover as a teenager, but that’s what Cate is asked to do. Little does she know soon her path will cross with her lost love Zeke whose undercover as a teacher with a different agency. What could go wrong? Absolutely anything. When their attraction rises up in the midst of their Wow! Just Wow! This book had me guessing all the way through. Full of action and twists and turns it was hard to figure out who the villain was—there were more than one, but the leader, oh my. I can’t imagine going undercover as a teenager, but that’s what Cate is asked to do. Little does she know soon her path will cross with her lost love Zeke whose undercover as a teacher with a different agency. What could go wrong? Absolutely anything. When their attraction rises up in the midst of their case will they be able to keep their cover? Will their case be blown sky high? This book has it all, romance, suspense, engaging characters, and faith. Who could ask for more? I received a copy of this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group. This is my honest opinion of the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Triple Threat book #2 A Christian romantic suspense novel To start with I would mention although this book may be characterized as being a Christian novel the story does not overwhelm with religious connotations so whether you are Christian or not “Labyrinth of Lies” is very captivating and a joy to read. The action starts when a young girl goes missing at an exclusive girl’s boarding school. Detective Cate Reilly is sent undercover as a student to see what happened to this young lady. While inves Triple Threat book #2 A Christian romantic suspense novel To start with I would mention although this book may be characterized as being a Christian novel the story does not overwhelm with religious connotations so whether you are Christian or not “Labyrinth of Lies” is very captivating and a joy to read. The action starts when a young girl goes missing at an exclusive girl’s boarding school. Detective Cate Reilly is sent undercover as a student to see what happened to this young lady. While investigating she reunites with a former colleague Zeke Sloan who is also there working undercover trying to flush out the members of a drug ring. Although each is on a different assignment, teaming up to help each other is the best way to go but they soon discover that no one is really who they are and danger waits at every turn....and along the way, Cate and Zebe rekindle their love for each other... This story is an attention grabber one that is so filled with intrigues, twists and turns... the suspense is killing.... so many dangers awaits Cate and Zeke and of course a little bit of romance helps smooth things out. Although I have read some books with a similar theme in the past following the two on their quests gave a totally different spin to the shenanigans played out behind the walls of a ritzy school... Ms. Hannon pens a soft mystery told in a clean language and give her plot a moderate tempo easy to follow and populates her story with charismatic characters. Well-done. I received this ARC from the publisher Revell through the First Review Program I am happy to share my thoughts.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I got strong Gallagher Girls vibes right away, but that's probably because the book is set in an all-girls private school. Hannon did a great job keeping me guessing and I didn't suspect the perp until just before they were revealed!!!! There was a lot of subterfuge and things not being as they seemed, from the bad guys and the good guys. Labyrinth of Lies is the perfect title. I really liked Cate's sisters. Their relationship is fun and sweet. I wish they could have been around more, but that wo I got strong Gallagher Girls vibes right away, but that's probably because the book is set in an all-girls private school. Hannon did a great job keeping me guessing and I didn't suspect the perp until just before they were revealed!!!! There was a lot of subterfuge and things not being as they seemed, from the bad guys and the good guys. Labyrinth of Lies is the perfect title. I really liked Cate's sisters. Their relationship is fun and sweet. I wish they could have been around more, but that wouldn't work for obvious reasons. I also really like Kayla. It's a relatively minor subplot, but I just liked how everything went with her. How Cate connected to her and was able to form a relationship. The case took a larger role than personal character growth, which is new. Our MCs did have things to work through, but there wasn't as clear of a message or theme that they were learning. Not bad, just different. My one drawback was how big of a role the romance held in the story. Usually, it's in the background or a minor part of the plot because catching bad guys is more important! I just didn't like how it was done in this one. Many thanks to Revell and NetGalley for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    4.5 stars. St. Louis County detective Cate Reilly can’t believe she’s agreed to work undercover again. Her trafficking assignment was dreadful enough, but admittedly she’s the best candidate for this current job. An Ivy Hill Academy boarding school student, Stephanie Laurent, age 17, has disappeared from Ivy Hill. Her boyfriend is missing as well, and Cate has been assigned to go undercover to find out what happened to them. Thankfully, her youthful appearance is an asset to the investigation. A 4.5 stars. St. Louis County detective Cate Reilly can’t believe she’s agreed to work undercover again. Her trafficking assignment was dreadful enough, but admittedly she’s the best candidate for this current job. An Ivy Hill Academy boarding school student, Stephanie Laurent, age 17, has disappeared from Ivy Hill. Her boyfriend is missing as well, and Cate has been assigned to go undercover to find out what happened to them. Thankfully, her youthful appearance is an asset to the investigation. At 33, she’s not looking forward to becoming a student again, especially since she’ll be working on the case with her ex, Zeke, who practically abandoned their relationship eight years prior to pursue a career opportunity. Cate was devastated, and collaboration on their assignments at Ivy Hill is more than she bargained for. But illegal activities are taking place at the school, and Cate and Zeke have already been targeted and attacked while trying to crack their individual cases, leading them to believe that Stephanie’s disappearance is likely linked to the school. It won’t be easy keeping up the pretense of teenage student and pretending not to have feelings for Zeke, but if foul play is involved in Stephanie’s disappearance, Cate is determined to stay the course. Labyrinth of lies was a page-turner. Suspicious key characters were introduced almost immediately and drew me right into the story. The intrigue and suspense held up until the mystery was solved. Cate’s teenager persona was convincing and fun to observe, along with her attempts to deny interest in her ex. The secondary characters had questionable intentions and kept me guessing as to whether any of them were involved in Stephanie’s disappearance. Ultimately, there was a twist I didn’t see coming that led to a satisfying conclusion. Labyrinth of Lies was an excellent read that I truly enjoyed. An added bonus was that it was free of any foul language or sexual content. If you like fast moving suspenseful books with a romantic element and characters that will keep you riveted from the first page to the last, then you’ll want to read Labyrinth of Lies. Definitely recommended. Thank you, Revell Books, for a complimentary copy of Labyrinth of Lies. My opinions of it are strictly my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Irene Hannon has been a favorite author of mine for the last 12 or so years that I have been reading her books. She is an author who seems to get better with each book and series she writes. This book is a great example. The author came up with a great plot, setting, and cast of characters for this book. The setting of an expensive girl's boarding school made for a very interesting and different setting, and perfect for two different people working undercover for two different branches of law e Irene Hannon has been a favorite author of mine for the last 12 or so years that I have been reading her books. She is an author who seems to get better with each book and series she writes. This book is a great example. The author came up with a great plot, setting, and cast of characters for this book. The setting of an expensive girl's boarding school made for a very interesting and different setting, and perfect for two different people working undercover for two different branches of law enforcement. It becomes obvious fairly early that the disappearance of a young girl that Cate is investigating has something to do with the drug smuggling that Zeke is investigating. It is an exciting suspenseful read, made all the more suspenseful as the two main characters have to work at maintaining their covers, she as a student and he as a Spanish teacher. To make it more difficult, Cate and Zeke have to pull off meeting to compare notes. (And the idea of a 33 year old female going undercover as a 17 year old girl is not that far out. Teens on TV and in movies are often played by people in their 20's and up.) As in another book I read recently by a different author, the couple in this novel had previously been in a relationship together, which does make the romantic angle more believable. Zeke was much more interested in reviving that relationship than Cate was, and I was rooting for him. :) There have been Irene Hannon books that had more action, but this was definitely one of the more mysterious and intriguing ones. I loved it, and couldn't put it down once I started it. I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Taiyeaba

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hated the first book. Why I picked the second one thn you ask? Cause I liked Cate's character. She was portrayed as a strong willful character who actually uses her braincells. So yeah that's why I started this book. Girrrl was I wrong? It didn't feel like I was reading about the same women. She was just like all those girls who melt as a pudding when the men just look at them. No matter how much wrong they did to them. Yeah no matter what she says that she didn't forgive Zeke or she will be p I hated the first book. Why I picked the second one thn you ask? Cause I liked Cate's character. She was portrayed as a strong willful character who actually uses her braincells. So yeah that's why I started this book. Girrrl was I wrong? It didn't feel like I was reading about the same women. She was just like all those girls who melt as a pudding when the men just look at them. No matter how much wrong they did to them. Yeah no matter what she says that she didn't forgive Zeke or she will be professional and won't be personal blah blah blah. She didn't showed anything on that matter. Her resistance was laughable. Even Zeke figured it out at the first meeting which pissed me off so much. At their first meeting he knew that Cate is still hung up on him and he still affects her. And he felt what? Pity? The whole book was about Zeke fighting for a second chance but I didn't think he ever felt that he might actually loose her. He knew constantly how he was affecting her. He could have had her if he pushed harder. They got together at the end cause Zeke wanted to go slowly and that one time Cate actually complained about how he hurt her before. But imo they would have got together no matter when Zeke decided to do that. Yes he had his reasons to broke up with her but.....it wasn't that strong of a reason. You want to marry a girl but you can't open up to her about your problems? And I don't think he would have pursued her after 8years if she indicated that she won't interested. He was ready to move on if she said no at the end. The mystery was okay. Not bad. I like Kayla and Cate's friendship. Huffff.... I'm striking bad romances back to back💔

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    This was my first book by this well-known author. This book was very well written. I can see why Irene Hannon is a very popular writer. Cate Reilly did not like undercover jobs, but her supervisor said she was perfect for the job. She is 33 years old but can pass for a 17-year-old student. Cate hoped that this job would not be as dangerous as her previous undercover job. Cate was to find out what happened to a student that disappeared from an exclusive all-girls school. She is going to be a roomma This was my first book by this well-known author. This book was very well written. I can see why Irene Hannon is a very popular writer. Cate Reilly did not like undercover jobs, but her supervisor said she was perfect for the job. She is 33 years old but can pass for a 17-year-old student. Cate hoped that this job would not be as dangerous as her previous undercover job. Cate was to find out what happened to a student that disappeared from an exclusive all-girls school. She is going to be a roommate to the girl who used to room with the missing teen. Cate used her skills to try to get Kayla to give her more information on the missing girl. It took a while for Kayla to open up to Cate because of her past experience at this school in other teens not being very friendly. Cate was getting used to her new job, but what a shock to see Zeke Sloan, her former true love also posing as a Spanish teacher. Zeke worked for the DEA. Behind the bucolic atmosphere of this elite school is a huge amount of lies, hence the great title of the book. There is much danger for Cate and Zeke and even for Kayla. I was very surprised when the author divulged the culprit of all the danger. Cate and Zeke had a bumpy road getting back to true love. Their kisses were toe-curling, but forgiveness and trust had to be reinstated for them to continue. "This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    What a twisty roller coaster of a ride this one was. So many different variables and the author was able to keep me guessing on who could be the mastermind at the well organized crime situation. Taking place at a private and elite all girl school, Cate Reilly goes undercover as one of the students to investigate a high profile disappearance. Little does she know that this particular school is hiding many secrets. Even though it is a contemporary novel, this story gave me some gothic vibes. A myst What a twisty roller coaster of a ride this one was. So many different variables and the author was able to keep me guessing on who could be the mastermind at the well organized crime situation. Taking place at a private and elite all girl school, Cate Reilly goes undercover as one of the students to investigate a high profile disappearance. Little does she know that this particular school is hiding many secrets. Even though it is a contemporary novel, this story gave me some gothic vibes. A mysterious school nestled deep in the woods with some notorious and suspicious characters abounding. Not only is Cate undercover, but her ex Zeke Sloan is also undercover for another reason, and he is posing as the Spanish teacher. Things get pretty interesting when they meet up again and as the danger escalates so does their strong feelings and passion for one another. Zeke would love nothing better then to make amends with Cate, if she will let him explain what happened eight years ago, and depending if they can get out of their respective cases alive. This was a very full suspense. I was provided a copy of this novel from Revell Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    LOL! Well, I did it again ... read the second book in a series without having read Book 1. Certainly doable in this case, but I do think I would have benefited from reading Book 1 (Point of Danger, which I've just requested from the library). In-book conversations felt like they were alluding to situations I should already know about! (And that's probably accurate. :D) But, that's my own fault. Irene Hannon is one of those authors I'll read just about anything by; "see book, will request!" That as LOL! Well, I did it again ... read the second book in a series without having read Book 1. Certainly doable in this case, but I do think I would have benefited from reading Book 1 (Point of Danger, which I've just requested from the library). In-book conversations felt like they were alluding to situations I should already know about! (And that's probably accurate. :D) But, that's my own fault. Irene Hannon is one of those authors I'll read just about anything by; "see book, will request!" That aside, "Labyrinth of Lies" is fantastic. I'm always intrigued by undercover work, probably because it's something I sooooo wouldn't do myself! The read combined all my favorite elements of cop shows and mystery novels into one gripping book, and I loved it. I'm entirely glad there's another book already out that I can go read, because the sisters and their interactions are a hoot. Totes can't wait for the next book in the series! I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    teatunesandtales

    The intrigue and deceit within the pages of Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Cate Reilly thought she was done with undercover work, until her supervisor launches her into another case, because she’s perfect for the role. A student has gone missing in the from a prestigious all-girls boarding school set in the upper-class section of St. Louis. Thrown into an undercover a role she never thought she would have to do – a teenager – Cate moves The intrigue and deceit within the pages of Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Cate Reilly thought she was done with undercover work, until her supervisor launches her into another case, because she’s perfect for the role. A student has gone missing in the from a prestigious all-girls boarding school set in the upper-class section of St. Louis. Thrown into an undercover a role she never thought she would have to do – a teenager – Cate moves into the dorms to gather evidence. Zeke Sloan is so ready to be done with undercover work. A job that once held excitement and fulfillment, now only leaves him feeling old and worn out. One last gig – that’s what he promised – then he would take up the mantle of a desk job. He just didn’t realize that his last undercover job would throw him together with his ex-girlfriend, Cate. He can’t see any way that this will go well, but he was going to make the best of it, to solve his case. Labyrinth of Lies has all the ingredients of a dangerous, gritty, action novel with a side of romance. Hannon does it again. This is what I love about her books. They keep you connected to the characters, constantly guessing whodunnit, without overpowering the plot with only romance.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aminata Coote

    Labyrinth of Lies is aptly named. There were so many people with their own agendas that it was truly a web of deception. It was clear from the beginning that Cate was a good detective who would do whatever it took to solve the case even going undercover which she disliked. I liked watching her interaction with Kayla but would have liked to see a snapshot of their relationship after the truth came out. The chemistry between Cate and Zeke was tangible and Ms. Hannon did a good job showing their ro Labyrinth of Lies is aptly named. There were so many people with their own agendas that it was truly a web of deception. It was clear from the beginning that Cate was a good detective who would do whatever it took to solve the case even going undercover which she disliked. I liked watching her interaction with Kayla but would have liked to see a snapshot of their relationship after the truth came out. The chemistry between Cate and Zeke was tangible and Ms. Hannon did a good job showing their romance without making it appear inappropriate. I figured out the bad guy a second before it was revealed as I was completely engrossed in the story. His reason for doing what he did was implausible but the author didn't try to justify it which made it believable. The faith element was faint but readers will be reminded that God is everywhere. Even the most seemingly inconsequential thing could be evidence of His hand at work. I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher through NetGalley and the Revell Reads program; a positive review was not required.

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