Review | Not What She Seems | Victorine E Lieske

Not What She Seems by Victorine E Lieske is a well presented, easy to read romantic suspense novel.

Steven Ashton is quite good looking, successful and very, very rich. Emily Grant is quite good looking, unsuccessful and very, very poor. She is on the run and he spends most of the novel running after her. There are twists and turns in the plot which at times stretch credulity but author Victorine E Lieske always brings the story back down to earth and you keep turning the pages to see how it all turns out and how she is going to explain away the intricacies of the plot.

The author makes you sympathetic to the main characters and wary of those who are not acting in their interests. Emily has a child, Connor, and you really feel for him as he is dragged from one place to another as the plot unfolds and yet all the time he just remains a sweet little kid apparently unaffected by all the trauma.

No sex, drugs or rock and roll in this novel. Steven and Emily are very chaste and the early stage of their romance is nearly all verbal, hardly physical at all. There are a few additional bodies as well as the main murder victim who don't get a great deal of attention and the perpetrator rather vanishes into custody but that doesn't affect the main story so you can live with that. Overall an enjoyable read, ideal for the beach or a very wet Sunday afternoon in July.