#BookReview ~ The First Lie by Virginia King #BookBoost


Selkie Moon is a woman on the run.

In a mad dash for freedom she’s escaped her abusive husband to start over in Hawaii. But her refuge begins to unravel and she’s running from something else entirely. A voice in a dream says: Someone is trying to kill you. Not that Selkie’s psychic, no way. But the threats escalate until she’s locked in a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious stalker. Entangled in Celtic and Hawaiian mythologies, the mystery becomes so bizarre and terrifying that Selkie’s instinct is to keep running. But is she running from her past or her future? And can she piece together the fragmented clues before time runs out?

The First Lie is a psychological thriller with a mythical twist, peppered with a cast of quirky characters. It’s a story about secrets, about the shadows we don’t know are driving us, from our mythical pasts and our present reality, told with a touch of humour.

Join Selkie Moon on the roller-coaster ride of her life. Roller-coasters make her throw up – but that’s the least of her problems.

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Hedgehog Pty Ltd (1 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992487064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992487065

About the Author


When a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night and tells you to write a mystery series what’s a writer to do? That’s how Virginia King came to create Selkie Moon, after a massage from a strange woman with gifted hands was followed by this nocturnal message. Virginia sat down at the keyboard until Selkie Moon turned up. All she had to do was jump, the first sentence said. Soon Virginia was hooked, exploring far-flung places full of secrets where Selkie delves into psychological clues tangled up in the local mythology.

Before Selkie Moon invaded her life, Virginia had been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, the author of over 50 children’s books, an audio-book producer, a workshop presenter and a prize-winning publisher. These days she lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, where she disappears each day into Selkie Moon’s latest mystery. Bliss.


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My Review

I came across this book when I was actually doing a different guest post with the lovely author on my blog. I was attracted by the cover, fell in love with the name Selkie Moon but subconsciously I think the ‘paranormal’ genre part prevented me jumping straight in. I started it, got a little way then stopped due to a tight schedule on other books then went back to it …. well after a few chapters I was then reeled in!

There is so much tension, Selkie escapes from an abusive relationship and relocates in Hawaii .. there is a lot of folklore, some colourful characters and plenty of adventure.

Yes, it does have a paranormal twist but ultimately I would say it is a mystery/thriller with a hauntingly quaint backdrop.

I was absorbed all the way and particularly like the elements of Selkie seeking her darkside/dead mother. It was quite eerie in places, she hears voices, music and ‘sees’ a lady – but she has some wonderfully supportive friends.

The whole fear of the ocean and history of the seals was intriguing .. it really is a book with a difference and simply charming. A journey of discovery, it paints a lovely picture of Hawaii and has left me wanting to read the next in the series.

I do think it is a book that will appeal to some and they will love it or others may read and just not ‘get it’ .. I’m glad I did. I purchased and listened to this on audiobook and the narration was compelling with an Australian accent which highlighted the experience. stars-4-0-_v192197091_


The First Lie will be on  BookBub on October 29 — and will be discounted to 99c/99p from October 29 to November 6.

Also readers can download the prequel to the series Laying Ghosts free on Amazon, Amazon  B&N  iTunes  & Kobo


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