Lies I Told by Michelle Zink

Right off the bat, let me tell you that this is a beach read. Not a dark, gritty, action-packed caper book. That’s not necessarily bad though. Lies I Told is a story about a family pulling off a con in SoCal. Cormac and Renee are two seasoned con artists, who’ve traveled America, stealing from the rich and giving to themselves. They’ve hit Washington, Maryland, Arizona, New York and now, Playa Hermosa, California, where millionaire Warren Fairchild lives- and stores his 20 million dollars worth of gold. Cormac and Renee are no Bonnie and Clyde, they have two (adopted) children, Parker, a moody, brooding 18 year old, and Grace, a pretty, bookworm of a teen. Grace and Parker are the icing on their little theft cake, because with them, Renee and Cormac have an excuse to go snoop through houses and properties, under the guise of birthdays and slumber parties. All though they’re not as seasoned as their parents, Grace and Parker are a force to be reckoned with, having committed multiple crimes themselves. Playa Hermosa should be no different, Grace just has to get close to all the rich California teens at school, then feign interest in Logan Fairchild, Warren’s heir. And Parker will be Logan’s ‘best friend’. But things don’t go exactly as planned. Maybe it was Parker, who saw better things than a life of lies. Or maybe it was Grace, who finally started fitting into the life she had always dreamed of.

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