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Amara Alvarez's first case as a homicide detective drags her into the murky world of computer hackers. When she finds herself under attack by cybercriminals, she has no choice but to use unconventional methods to expose the truth and find a killer. Amara Alvarez's first case as a homicide detective drags her into the murky world of computer hackers. When she finds herself under attack by cybercriminals, she has no choice but to use unconventional methods to expose the truth and find a killer.


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Amara Alvarez's first case as a homicide detective drags her into the murky world of computer hackers. When she finds herself under attack by cybercriminals, she has no choice but to use unconventional methods to expose the truth and find a killer. Amara Alvarez's first case as a homicide detective drags her into the murky world of computer hackers. When she finds herself under attack by cybercriminals, she has no choice but to use unconventional methods to expose the truth and find a killer.

30 review for Network of Deceit

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike Musings Book Reviews

    A new detective in San Antonio’s homicide squad, Amara Alvarez has to earn her stripes, despite her heroic efforts in a previous kidnaping case. Given an apparent suicide case to confirm, things spiral out of control as she becomes the victim of a cyber stalker and is under pressure to close the case. Despite the hard time given to her by her colleagues, Amara’s relentless pursuit of justice coincides with problems in her personal life. A good whodunnit with strong character development, Tom Thr A new detective in San Antonio’s homicide squad, Amara Alvarez has to earn her stripes, despite her heroic efforts in a previous kidnaping case. Given an apparent suicide case to confirm, things spiral out of control as she becomes the victim of a cyber stalker and is under pressure to close the case. Despite the hard time given to her by her colleagues, Amara’s relentless pursuit of justice coincides with problems in her personal life. A good whodunnit with strong character development, Tom Threadgill builds the suspense and action to reveal a potential new detective series. An enjoyable crime thriller that builds nicely to a resolution of the crimes, with a three-and-a -half star rating. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    After proving herself with the Cotulla case as told in Collision of Lies, tough as nails but endearing Amara Alvarez has moved to the Homicide Division. Her first real case will prove a challenge as will fitting in with her seasoned colleagues. The case of Zachary Coleman, a teen who turned up dead at a water park, has quite a few puzzling aspects. Amara is an independent an savvy cop, but she knows when to ask for help. From the title and the cover, it is clear the case involves cyber crime. Bu After proving herself with the Cotulla case as told in Collision of Lies, tough as nails but endearing Amara Alvarez has moved to the Homicide Division. Her first real case will prove a challenge as will fitting in with her seasoned colleagues. The case of Zachary Coleman, a teen who turned up dead at a water park, has quite a few puzzling aspects. Amara is an independent an savvy cop, but she knows when to ask for help. From the title and the cover, it is clear the case involves cyber crime. But this case has more twists and turns , so Amara has to focus on certain clues. Jeremiah *Starsky* Peckham is an ally in the squad room and offers his help, although Amara usually opts to go it alone. The relationship Starsky and Amara began in Collision of Lies goes a step further here. It was fun and a welcome break from the tenseness of the case to experience their banter. We get another peek at the Alvarez family and how they pull together in a crisis. I learned a lot about cyber crime and how the police deal with it. This was a real page turner and hard to put down. I liked it for its realistic characters, quick pace and excellent research. I would consider this a clean read, although some characters are Christian. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "You think he was already dead when he went in the water." "No Detective. I'm certain of it." And just like that, Amara Alvarez lands her first investigation as a newly promoted homicide detective. It's a curious set of circumstances for many reasons. Who would choose to kill someone inside a water park on a hot summer day, then float his body down a lazy river? The young victim had no known enemies, came from an upstanding family, and had no criminal record. Plus, if he died by natural causes, w "You think he was already dead when he went in the water." "No Detective. I'm certain of it." And just like that, Amara Alvarez lands her first investigation as a newly promoted homicide detective. It's a curious set of circumstances for many reasons. Who would choose to kill someone inside a water park on a hot summer day, then float his body down a lazy river? The young victim had no known enemies, came from an upstanding family, and had no criminal record. Plus, if he died by natural causes, why were there so many convenient security glitches at the park that afternoon . . . . all questions that Amara is determined to answer. However, she never expected to have to watch her own back when it becomes obvious that someone is following her every move. If you enjoy page turning criminal suspense, this book checks off every box; great characters, fascinating clues, red herrings, pitch perfect pacing, . . . . . . and best of all, the author makes what could be mind numbing technology issues fairly easy to understand. The pages read so smoothly that I was both shocked and disappointed when the ending arrived . . . .. or had it? Prepare yourself for one final twist and turn. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    Fast paced-suspense glued this book to my hand until the very end. Once again, we're back with Amara Alvarez and the San Antonio PD. This character makes her first appearance in an earlier book, Collision of Lies, but Network of Deceit can be read as a stand-alone, though I'd highly recommend grabbing the first book if you enjoy suspense-totally worth it. After the death of a teenage boy at a waterpark turns suspicious, Detective Alvarez finds herself caught in a deadly game of cybercrime. I enj Fast paced-suspense glued this book to my hand until the very end. Once again, we're back with Amara Alvarez and the San Antonio PD. This character makes her first appearance in an earlier book, Collision of Lies, but Network of Deceit can be read as a stand-alone, though I'd highly recommend grabbing the first book if you enjoy suspense-totally worth it. After the death of a teenage boy at a waterpark turns suspicious, Detective Alvarez finds herself caught in a deadly game of cybercrime. I enjoyed the plot and the unfolding investigation. I'm a huge fan of Starsky and appreciate the authentic way Mr. Threadgill is developing their relationship. The added personal element of Amara's family dynamic adds another level of character development that drive the emotional impact of the story. There's a very, very subtle faith element in this story that left me wanting a little more. I'd recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good suspense story with a solid mystery. ***I received a copy of this story from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.***

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I was under the impression that Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill was the first book in the series, from the way the synopsis read and since there is no indication on the jacket that this is a series. So I was a bit surprised when Threadgill started mentioning a previous case. There was enough context that I didn’t get confused, I was just expecting to be introduced to the character more… but that was already done in Collision of Lies. You don’t have to read the first book (obviously, since I I was under the impression that Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill was the first book in the series, from the way the synopsis read and since there is no indication on the jacket that this is a series. So I was a bit surprised when Threadgill started mentioning a previous case. There was enough context that I didn’t get confused, I was just expecting to be introduced to the character more… but that was already done in Collision of Lies. You don’t have to read the first book (obviously, since I didn’t), but I think it is advisable since Threadgill excels at in depth character writing. Threadgill really was able to capture a detective’s life not just at the station, but her everyday. The way he incorporated her relationship with her fellow detectives, love interest, and family was phenomenal. While I was interested in the case and the mystery, at times I found myself more drawn to her personal life. As far as the case went, at first I was a bit… not bored, but concerned with the style of writing. So many police procedurals are fast paced. While they are trying to solve the case there is still a lot of action, but Threadgill really focuses on every step of the case. Once I realized this was how the book was going to read, it was much more enjoyable. I thought Threadgill did a very good job with making cybercrimes easy to understand for someone who isn’t an expert on them or who may not be into technology. He was able to do this by incorporating interesting characters with believable emotions. Network of Deceit was a great read, especially if you enjoy strong characters with realistic lives. I would suggest reading Collision of Lies first since I think you’ll get even more out of the story. And I look forward to seeing how Amara handles her bully at work, how her relationship with Starsky progresses, and how her family continues to support each other in upcoming books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    Tom Threadgill is a new to me author of suspense/crime fiction bordering on thrillers. His books are well researched and the writing flows brilliantly throughout. Collision of Lies is the first of two (so far?) books in the Amara Alvarez series. Alvaraz is a smart, witty detective based in San Antonio, Texas who begins in property crimes in the first novel and lands in homicide by the second novel. I read the two books back to back but in reverse order and I think it was a good thing that I did. Tom Threadgill is a new to me author of suspense/crime fiction bordering on thrillers. His books are well researched and the writing flows brilliantly throughout. Collision of Lies is the first of two (so far?) books in the Amara Alvarez series. Alvaraz is a smart, witty detective based in San Antonio, Texas who begins in property crimes in the first novel and lands in homicide by the second novel. I read the two books back to back but in reverse order and I think it was a good thing that I did. I seriously like Amara's character as well as that of her "sidekick" Starsky and her "housemate" Larry the lizard. They are great together and I can't say that about too many characters in crime fiction these days. However, I enjoyed the second book, Network of Deceit, more than the first for unknown reasons. Both are great reads. Both have the same characters but I connected more with the second. Regardless, I recommend them both if you like crime fiction. It's interesting to note that according to the author the books have no cursing, no sex and no religion. I didn't even notice while reading the book but looking back on it, he's right. I didn't miss it but I am thankful that he was able to write a "clean" crime book without getting all religious on us. ;)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    This was an excellent second installment in this series by Tom Threadgill. While this story can stand alone, fans who have read Collision of Lies will have a greater depth of character development and relationships for Amara Alvarez, the leading lady of this story. In part due to her success with the case from the prior book, Amara has earned the promotion to homicide detective. When the first case lands on her desk, it appears to be a case of heatstroke or alcohol poisoning, but she's asked to This was an excellent second installment in this series by Tom Threadgill. While this story can stand alone, fans who have read Collision of Lies will have a greater depth of character development and relationships for Amara Alvarez, the leading lady of this story. In part due to her success with the case from the prior book, Amara has earned the promotion to homicide detective. When the first case lands on her desk, it appears to be a case of heatstroke or alcohol poisoning, but she's asked to take another look. What she finds leads her to more nefarious dealings and as she makes strides in solving the case, her own life is hacked into. Detective Alvarez is a short statured hispanic spitfire and I just adore her. In real life, I think we would be fast friends. I love the banter between her and Starsky. There's a bit of romance in this one as well, but it felt like a natural progression and the balance is overly heavy on the suspense rather than the romance, which is how I like it. While marketed as Christian fiction, there are only passing references to God (Dios) so no solid faith thread, but it is a completely clean novel. The plot line pulled me in and kept me entranced for the duration. I finished this in one day - and a work day at that. There were parts that made me laugh out loud, parts that had me holding back tears, and parts that had me on the edge of my seat. That's the mark of a great book! This is one I would strongly recommend to fans of mystery/suspense. Special thanks to the author and publisher for an advance copy of this novel. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Libby May

    The review for Collision of Lies was posted February 20th of 2020. That's EXACTLY a year ago! XD How fitting is it that I sat down to write a review for it today? Let's get into it! The Characters Amara Alvarez was still the amazing girl that she is. I could definitely see the development and growth into who she was from the first book. I really loved the way that the author pulled facts and events from the first book to connect the two. It almost felt like I never left Amara and I was back with The review for Collision of Lies was posted February 20th of 2020. That's EXACTLY a year ago! XD How fitting is it that I sat down to write a review for it today? Let's get into it! The Characters Amara Alvarez was still the amazing girl that she is. I could definitely see the development and growth into who she was from the first book. I really loved the way that the author pulled facts and events from the first book to connect the two. It almost felt like I never left Amara and I was back with a good friend. (I have a hard time really actually liking female characters, and she's one of the ones I do like. Starsky. Who is this guy? I couldn't remember him from the first book, but I was really appreciating the way that he let Amara do her own thing. But he was always there to help her, and he really did care about who she was as a person. Girls, there was NO SENSUAL CONTENT IN THIS BOOK. I LOVED the way that Starsky and Amara's relationship developed. I didn't agree with the way that they were "not dating" according to Amara, but the pace and the tiny thread of "are they really together or are they not?" was so much fun to read. Amara's mom with her cancer, and Wylie's constant care of her was really a beautiful thread in the story. I loved the hispanic aspect that was threaded through who Amara was. It was just the way that she was, the way that her life was lived, and it was really refreshing from the generic cliché white household, or divorced parents or whatever the cliché is. That's one reason I really like this series. The Plot The plot was awesome. So FUN. (No offense to the dead of course.) A death from heatstroke at a waterpark? Oh but the cameras were out on the spot the victim entered the water. Hold on, was it a drug overdose? But what if it was a murder? (So much like the first book and yet so completely different). The pace was so much fun to follow. I think it may have been a tad fast for some people, but I like faster plots, so it was perfect for me. I also loved that Amara chased all the threads the could. She didn't spend any time sitting around waiting for results. Even if they were false threads or leads, she wasn't sitting around gossiping or wallowing in her sorrow. er mom really did help. Usually an author would make that part of the plot a romantic aspect. She'd spend all her time at the gym wondering what she and Starsky were and what they weren't. And she didn't. Very tasteful and very very good. Content There wasn't anything graphic in this story. (the murder was very clean ;) ). As I said before, there was no sensual content. That being said, Wylie and Amara's mom are in a relationship and don't hide the fact. In Summary I really did like this story a lot and I'm so glad I got it. The internet aspect was so much fun. Watching the cameras at the waterpark and picking out tiny facts was so much. Working through this case with Amara gave me such fun vibes I will definitely be coming back to this story. The ending came about at the perfect time. It wasn't obvious or cliché by any means, and I really enjoyed watching them take down the criminal. So basically, if you like to read clean suspense, this is a very good book to go with! I recommend for almost anybody 16 and over! Thank you to Revell and Tom for the review copy! A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    This second book in the Amara Alvarez series was just as enjoyable as the first. You do not need to read the first book, however, there is a lot of character growth from book 1 to book 2. This is the second book I've read by this author, and am enjoying his writing so much, that I went and bought his entire first series. The murder mystery will be enjoyed by both readers who loves thrillers, but also those who enjoy cozy mysteries. I enjoyed following the clues with Amara into solving, one, if Zac This second book in the Amara Alvarez series was just as enjoyable as the first. You do not need to read the first book, however, there is a lot of character growth from book 1 to book 2. This is the second book I've read by this author, and am enjoying his writing so much, that I went and bought his entire first series. The murder mystery will be enjoyed by both readers who loves thrillers, but also those who enjoy cozy mysteries. I enjoyed following the clues with Amara into solving, one, if Zach was murdered, and two, why. There was a few things I guessed before the reveal, but the who and why remained a mystery. I must confess, after reading this, I did seriously wonder again about how we can protect ourselves from hackers - this book again emphasised how vulnerable we could be. There was also a great balance between suspense, emotional connections and some funny, lighter moments which had me laughing out loud. I was surprised by the ending (which is a good thing). I did not see the revelation of the murder. The murderer had me fooled as well. I am looking forward to following Starsky and Amara's story in book 3 (confirmed by the author one is in progress.) *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    Looking for an action-filled, high-paced novel with a strong female as the main character? Network of Deceit starts out with a bang and it never lets up as we once again see Detective Amara Alvarez at work! Amara is now a detective with the San Antonio Homicide Division and her investigation of a teenager's death turns into a look at cybercrime and its toll on society. Author Tom Threadgill shares another glimpse of this multi-faceted detective with the ability to see beyond the obvious and thin Looking for an action-filled, high-paced novel with a strong female as the main character? Network of Deceit starts out with a bang and it never lets up as we once again see Detective Amara Alvarez at work! Amara is now a detective with the San Antonio Homicide Division and her investigation of a teenager's death turns into a look at cybercrime and its toll on society. Author Tom Threadgill shares another glimpse of this multi-faceted detective with the ability to see beyond the obvious and think outside the box! And then there's Detective Jeremiah "Starsky" Peckham! Will these two detectives discover that there's more to their relationship than a working partnership? Network of Deceit is a clean read, with lots of twists and turns and an "I didn't see that coming" ending. I'm looking forward to more adventures with this intriguing female protagonist! I received a copy of this book from Revell. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    I enjoyed this book. I really liked Amara in the last book and liked getting to know her more in this one. I also really liked Starsky. I enjoyed trying to figure out the case with her. This book kept me interested the whole time. I hope that there is another book coming. I would love to see what is next for Amara and hopefully see more of Starsky! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    What an Amazing mystery! This is the second book in a series about detective Amara Alvarez. More suspense, mystery, and all of that! This story definitely takes off with a bang! Amara is trying to find her place at the San Antonio Police Department, and gets assigned a case that doesn't seem like much...until she starts investigating! I very much enjoyed watching Amara try and solve this mystery. On the surface, this death she is investigating seems to be a simple death by heatstroke, but there ar What an Amazing mystery! This is the second book in a series about detective Amara Alvarez. More suspense, mystery, and all of that! This story definitely takes off with a bang! Amara is trying to find her place at the San Antonio Police Department, and gets assigned a case that doesn't seem like much...until she starts investigating! I very much enjoyed watching Amara try and solve this mystery. On the surface, this death she is investigating seems to be a simple death by heatstroke, but there are some things that just don’t quite match up. And then there is the matter of cyber crimes...why is she being targeted in this way? Someone is wanting Amara to see they can get to her accounts and passwords however they jolly well please. In addition to the mystery, Amara also has some difficult things happening on the personal side of things. Her family and those issues are written into the story in a beautiful way. And then there is her other relationships. Especially the one with Starsky. This was a bit humorous to watch at times, but added so much to the story. This story has lots going on, and the mystery kept me guessing the entire way through the book. If you enjoy reading mysteries than I highly recommend this book! 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

    Monica

    Since I enjoyed Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill, I was anxious for the next book to feature detective Amara Alvarez, Network of Deceit. Amara gets her first case as a detective for San Antonio's Homicide Division. Her first case is a suspicious death of a teenage boy at a crowded water park. Soon she is involved with online cybercriminals who catch wind that she is on their trail and then stalk her online. As she works on the case, she bounces ideas off of fellow detective Starsky whom she a Since I enjoyed Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill, I was anxious for the next book to feature detective Amara Alvarez, Network of Deceit. Amara gets her first case as a detective for San Antonio's Homicide Division. Her first case is a suspicious death of a teenage boy at a crowded water park. Soon she is involved with online cybercriminals who catch wind that she is on their trail and then stalk her online. As she works on the case, she bounces ideas off of fellow detective Starsky whom she also goes out to dinner with. What kind of relationship do they have? Her life also becomes more complicated as her mother faces a big health challenge. Network of Deceit kept me turning pages quickly to find out who the killer was. The plot was well done and kept me guessing. I liked the romance building between Amara and Starsky. I also thought the book remained true to life in that Amara had to deal with her work and some challenges in her personal life with her mother's health issues. While the investigation does wrap up at the end of the book, there are some unanswered questions with Starsky and her family that leave me hoping for another book in this series. I would classify Network of Deceit as good clean suspense. There isn't much of a spiritual element in this book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Review of Advanced Reading Copy When her rescue of the kidnapped children in the Cotulla school bus case makes international headlines, San Antonio Police Detective Amara Alvarez finally gets her wish: a transfer from Property Crimes to Homicide. But sometimes it’s hard going, as some of the division’s detectives aren’t particularly welcoming. The tragic death of a teenager at a local water park becomes her first homicide case. Despite the oft-expressed belief that the young man died from heatst Review of Advanced Reading Copy When her rescue of the kidnapped children in the Cotulla school bus case makes international headlines, San Antonio Police Detective Amara Alvarez finally gets her wish: a transfer from Property Crimes to Homicide. But sometimes it’s hard going, as some of the division’s detectives aren’t particularly welcoming. The tragic death of a teenager at a local water park becomes her first homicide case. Despite the oft-expressed belief that the young man died from heatstroke resulting from alcohol consumption and the excessively high air temperature that day, Amara keeps digging at the case, determined to find the truth. As the facts slowly reveal themselves, Amara finds herself caught up in the worlds of computer gamers and hackers. When she becomes the victim of a cybersecurity attack, she will need all her resolve to bring the culprits to justice. Continuing to press the suspects in her water park investigation, she struggles to find the facts she needs to prove the death of the young man was murder. The characters in this compelling story are well-drawn and interesting. Amara is particularly introspective, allowing readers to develop a deeper understanding of what drives the character. The plot, with cybersecurity and ransomware at the center of the puzzle, is perfectly drawn. With teenagers as the main suspects, it seems perfectly plausible that these computer-savvy young people would find a way to communicate through online gaming or that they’d figure out how to use ransomware to their own advantage. Elementary actions for an adept cyber-criminal perhaps, but perfect for a group of teenagers testing the murky waters of cyber-criminality. Amara, introduced in the previous “Collision of Lies,” remains appropriately curious; her co-workers, particularly Starsky, are a good fit. The detectives exhibit the variety of attitudes and personalities one might expect to find in a police department. There are several unexpected surprises as the unfolding story slowly reveals the nuances of the intriguing plot. Although “Network of Deceit” is the second in the series, it works well as a stand-alone. However, a slight cliffhanger at the end of this story sets the stage for another story focused on Amara Alvarez and her work as a homicide detective. Readers of police procedurals and/or intriguing mysteries will find much to appreciate here . . . and, looking forward to the next book in the series, much to anticipate. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hardwick

    Loved this follow-up of Amara's story! And turns out, she's a pretty good detective... Tom Threadgill 's excellent writing kept me guessing as to who the mastermind behind crime [s] just might be as Amara's investigation into the death of a young man at a water park uncovers a web of deceit that surprised many... [and being a victim of a part of this myself, I found it VERY interesting!] In the end she solves the case [of course!] but she also matured and grew in her professional role as well. L Loved this follow-up of Amara's story! And turns out, she's a pretty good detective... Tom Threadgill 's excellent writing kept me guessing as to who the mastermind behind crime [s] just might be as Amara's investigation into the death of a young man at a water park uncovers a web of deceit that surprised many... [and being a victim of a part of this myself, I found it VERY interesting!] In the end she solves the case [of course!] but she also matured and grew in her professional role as well. Loved that she had her mama to guide her through some tough things... and Starsky, of course, too! A favorite quote about how people are using fantasy games to escape reality..." Escaping reality sounded great, but it was a one-sided agreement. REALITY NEVER LEFT. Never went away. Never stopped. You could do your best to forget it for a while, but it would always be there waiting for you when you returned." So I think I'll stick with Amara and choose to LIVE life [embrace it, even] day-by-day, even in the hard times...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    This was a very interesting case as Amara pulls the threads and finds clues. I loved her toughness and her determination. She never gave up, even when it seemed like she was stuck. I liked how she was an introvert and had a pet lizard as you don't see that too often! Her good friend and fellow detective Starsky added humor to the story as they had funny conversations that made me smile. There's a little bit of a faith element as there's a couple of prayers said. Amara also dealt with some hard i This was a very interesting case as Amara pulls the threads and finds clues. I loved her toughness and her determination. She never gave up, even when it seemed like she was stuck. I liked how she was an introvert and had a pet lizard as you don't see that too often! Her good friend and fellow detective Starsky added humor to the story as they had funny conversations that made me smile. There's a little bit of a faith element as there's a couple of prayers said. Amara also dealt with some hard issues in her personal life and questions about her future. This worked well as a stand-alone, though I also recommend book one as that was also a fascinating story! You should try this book if you like police procedurals and suspense! I received this book free from Revell. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lifeofliterature

    I was so glad to see that there was a book after Collision of Lies so we could read more about Amara Alvarez. This story is a continuation of the first book and I do recommend reading them in order. Amara is a great female lead as she is strong, independent, and smart. I enjoyed the relationship between Amara and “Starsky” and found the characters to once again be intriguing. I liked the twists and turns in this novel that always kept me guessing. I think that themes of faith were subtler and pe I was so glad to see that there was a book after Collision of Lies so we could read more about Amara Alvarez. This story is a continuation of the first book and I do recommend reading them in order. Amara is a great female lead as she is strong, independent, and smart. I enjoyed the relationship between Amara and “Starsky” and found the characters to once again be intriguing. I liked the twists and turns in this novel that always kept me guessing. I think that themes of faith were subtler and perhaps lost a bit in the suspense, but the novel is clean and enjoyable to read. Overall, I liked this novel and look forward to more by this author! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Network of Deceit is the second in a series about Detective Amara Alvarez of the San Antonio Police Department. Although, they mention the case from the first book, it doesn’t deter from this separate story. I had no idea there was another book prior until after I read this one and still enjoyed it. A teenage boy is found dead floating in an inner tube on a lazy river of a water park. Did he die from heat stroke, drug overdose or something worse? This is what Alvarez investigates. One she finds o Network of Deceit is the second in a series about Detective Amara Alvarez of the San Antonio Police Department. Although, they mention the case from the first book, it doesn’t deter from this separate story. I had no idea there was another book prior until after I read this one and still enjoyed it. A teenage boy is found dead floating in an inner tube on a lazy river of a water park. Did he die from heat stroke, drug overdose or something worse? This is what Alvarez investigates. One she finds out he is murdered, she finds out he is a cybercriminal, along with his three friends. I found the story to be entertaining, slow at first but picked up. It has a few surprises that made it interesting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    It’s a while since I’ve been excited about a new-to-me suspense author, but that’s how I’m feeling about this series featuring detective Amara Alvarez. Part of it may be that this series is written by a male author, whereas the majority of the authors I read are female. Men always bring a different perspective to their writing, and that can feel fresh in and of itself. Further, this male author is writing about a female protagonist, which is even more unusual (but he did it well, so bonus points It’s a while since I’ve been excited about a new-to-me suspense author, but that’s how I’m feeling about this series featuring detective Amara Alvarez. Part of it may be that this series is written by a male author, whereas the majority of the authors I read are female. Men always bring a different perspective to their writing, and that can feel fresh in and of itself. Further, this male author is writing about a female protagonist, which is even more unusual (but he did it well, so bonus points). But I think the thing that has really sold me on this series is the combination of good old-fashioned detective work and the fact that we get to see both the professional Amara and the private Amara. I loved that Amara had to do so much legwork as well as inductive and deductive reasoning to solve the case. I’ve always been a puzzle solver, and the who, why, and how of this investigation presented a real challenge to Amara. At the same time, there are things happening in her personal life that I won’t share here but which really made me invested in Amara as a character. What I will say on that point is that I enjoyed the light romantic thread. Quite understated, and yet it came across as very natural and kind of sweet. And grew out of a friendship—my favourite kind of romance. I’m definitely hoping to see more of Amara in the future! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Boyles baney

    Tom Threadgill has done it again! From start to finish this book will keep you entertained and in suspense, Amara Alvarez has gotten her first case as a newly appointed Homicide Detective but will she solve the case or the case solve her. This is a good clean read full of suspense and excitement as she battles against cyber criminals to find out who killed her victim. This is a perfect book for Christian Suspense readers or Suspense readers in General as there are subtle undertones of God but no Tom Threadgill has done it again! From start to finish this book will keep you entertained and in suspense, Amara Alvarez has gotten her first case as a newly appointed Homicide Detective but will she solve the case or the case solve her. This is a good clean read full of suspense and excitement as she battles against cyber criminals to find out who killed her victim. This is a perfect book for Christian Suspense readers or Suspense readers in General as there are subtle undertones of God but not a preaching message. Just like all his books his Characters are solid and the storyline is one that will keep you turning the pages to find out who done it. I Can’t wait until the next one

  21. 5 out of 5

    Una

    Network of Deceit is the sequel to Collision of Lies. It’s the first book of Tom Threadgill’s I have read. Network of Deceit is full of clean suspense and thrilling action. The fast pace of it kept me reading and wanting more. The characters were true to life and well developed. I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first book to see what I might have missed about the characters. I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    Captivating, emotional and interesting. The characters were very interesting, each bring their own flavour to the story and complimenting the plot immensely. The twist and turns of the story kept me reading and reading. Every educative too. The action was thrilling, the suspense and intrigue lipbiting. The author is am amazing storyteller. I received a copy of this book from Revell and this is my honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Network of Deceit is book two in the Amara Alvarez series. I really liked Amara in the first book and enjoyed getting to know her on a deeper level in this book as well as some of the other characters. Even though this could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading Collision of Lies first. In Network of Deceit, Amara is assigned her first case as a detective in homicide. When a boy dies at a local water park in what appears to be an accidental death, Amara questions foul play. What she Network of Deceit is book two in the Amara Alvarez series. I really liked Amara in the first book and enjoyed getting to know her on a deeper level in this book as well as some of the other characters. Even though this could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading Collision of Lies first. In Network of Deceit, Amara is assigned her first case as a detective in homicide. When a boy dies at a local water park in what appears to be an accidental death, Amara questions foul play. What she uncovers is quite a tangled web of deceit where she is left with as many questions as answers. Although I did find the story to get bogged down at times with details, I was invested in the story and intrigued with the plot and I knew I wanted to keep reading until the end to find out what happens. There were definitely some surprises and twists I did not see coming. I was given a copy of this book by the author and publisher. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When Detective Amara Alvarez, new to the homicide division, is given her first case. She doesn't give up, even though there is no confirmation yet that this is a homicide. Working on this case alone, dealing with family issues, and some personal stuff, she is relentless. She wants to prove to everyone that she deserves to be there and can handle herself. This about the gaming world and hackers. There is a lot of IT informati This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When Detective Amara Alvarez, new to the homicide division, is given her first case. She doesn't give up, even though there is no confirmation yet that this is a homicide. Working on this case alone, dealing with family issues, and some personal stuff, she is relentless. She wants to prove to everyone that she deserves to be there and can handle herself. This about the gaming world and hackers. There is a lot of IT information, but not enough to lose you. This is the 2nd book in the series, and even though I encourage anyone who hasn't read Collision of Lies to do so, you would be fine reading this one first. Thank you NetGalley, Tom Threadgill and Revell Books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I did not find this police procedural novel a compelling one. Most novels of this type have suspense. This one really does not. Amara does experience some irritation from hackers but her life is never in danger nor are there any threatening situations. The plot moves at a slow and methodical pace and is not really engaging. The murder takes place at a water park and much of the plot deals with areas in the park and whether the areas could be seen by monitoring cameras. There was also much review I did not find this police procedural novel a compelling one. Most novels of this type have suspense. This one really does not. Amara does experience some irritation from hackers but her life is never in danger nor are there any threatening situations. The plot moves at a slow and methodical pace and is not really engaging. The murder takes place at a water park and much of the plot deals with areas in the park and whether the areas could be seen by monitoring cameras. There was also much reviewing of recordings of the day the murder happened, slowing the plot pace. Amara is new to homicide and her investigation seems to be sort of hit and miss. We do get to learn a great deal about cybercrimes, especially ransomware. We also find out much about online adventure games, such as how people remain anonymous. I am always a bit leery when a male author writes a female lead. While his first novel featuring Amara was good in that respect, I felt this time it was a little off. I felt there was just too much emotional intrusion from her family. That did yield an in depth exploration of her personal life, especially her relationship with her mother. It really slowed the pace of the investigation. There is next to no mention of Christianity or one's relationship to God other than on the mother's part. This is the second novel by Threadgill featuring Amara. While it can be read on its own, it would be appreciated more by reading the first in the series. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris Jager

    Looking for a straight up mystery? Tom Threadgill delivers again. Network is the sequel to Collison of Lies and picks up just a few short weeks after Amara solves the case of the century. Her first week on her own in the Homicide Department she is handed a case that seem pretty open and shut, that is until things stop adding up. I love Threadgill's books. His characters are relatable and very real. His mysteries keep you guessing to the end, but it is fun to "work" the case along with Amara. He Looking for a straight up mystery? Tom Threadgill delivers again. Network is the sequel to Collison of Lies and picks up just a few short weeks after Amara solves the case of the century. Her first week on her own in the Homicide Department she is handed a case that seem pretty open and shut, that is until things stop adding up. I love Threadgill's books. His characters are relatable and very real. His mysteries keep you guessing to the end, but it is fun to "work" the case along with Amara. He does include the 'human' element of trying to balance work and life, but doesn't bog his mystery with details that wander off topic. Everything he writes is important to solving the crime. Make sure you pay attention to what Threadgill is saying or you might miss something.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Now I have read the first book that featured Amara Alvarez and loved her, her mind and determination found and rescued children, and she is determined again. Her mind tells her the teenage found dead at the water park was murdered, now to prove it! I loved the way the mind of this author works, wow, and found myself page turning for answers. The life of this young detective is so real, we deal with everyday problems, she is the new kid on the block in her office, and she is being bullied. Her mom Now I have read the first book that featured Amara Alvarez and loved her, her mind and determination found and rescued children, and she is determined again. Her mind tells her the teenage found dead at the water park was murdered, now to prove it! I loved the way the mind of this author works, wow, and found myself page turning for answers. The life of this young detective is so real, we deal with everyday problems, she is the new kid on the block in her office, and she is being bullied. Her mom the cement of her family is sick, she is reflecting on her relationship with her friend, and the guy who comes when she calls, Starsky! I was surprised how this story unfolded and amazed at how the story ended, some I never saw coming, and now I can't wait for the next book in this story! I received the book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Network of Lies is the second book in the Amara Alvarez series and I am so glad that I read it. I think the first few chapters were a little slow but once I got into it I couldn't put it down...not even when I looked up and saw it was after midnight. You know you have a good book with twists and turns when you have to scold yourself for thinking of turning to the end because you simply can't wait to find out who done it. I didn't though because I didn't want to ruin it for me. I am now off to or Network of Lies is the second book in the Amara Alvarez series and I am so glad that I read it. I think the first few chapters were a little slow but once I got into it I couldn't put it down...not even when I looked up and saw it was after midnight. You know you have a good book with twists and turns when you have to scold yourself for thinking of turning to the end because you simply can't wait to find out who done it. I didn't though because I didn't want to ruin it for me. I am now off to order the first book Collision of Lies and hope it is just as good. If so then I have found a new author to follow. I received this from LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane Higgins

    “Network of Deceit” by Tom Threadgill is a fantastic suspense novel! This was one of those books that kept my attention from beginning to the end. This was the second book I’ve read by Tom Threadgill, and I loved the first one, also! “Network of Deceit” is the second book in the series, but you can read this one without reading the first one. This book follows Amara Alvarez as she is investigating the death of a teenager. Amara finds that the teenager’s death involves cybercrimes. This book had a “Network of Deceit” by Tom Threadgill is a fantastic suspense novel! This was one of those books that kept my attention from beginning to the end. This was the second book I’ve read by Tom Threadgill, and I loved the first one, also! “Network of Deceit” is the second book in the series, but you can read this one without reading the first one. This book follows Amara Alvarez as she is investigating the death of a teenager. Amara finds that the teenager’s death involves cybercrimes. This book had a huge twist for me. I never guessed how it was going to end. To me, a great suspense novel is one where there is a huge twist, so I loved this! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good, clean, suspense novels. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

       Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill Pub Date: 02 Feb 2021   |   Archive Date: 12 Mar 2021 Member Reviews  Lori P, Reviewer I've just finished this book and it kept my interest. I love learning about new things and this book was a good way to do that. My most favorite thing is I liked trying to figure out the whodunit. And it wasn't who I thought at first. Blew me away totally! You know, in a way I liked Amara. She was cool, calm and collected. I learned much from her. She had just the right amoun    Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill Pub Date: 02 Feb 2021   |   Archive Date: 12 Mar 2021 Member Reviews  Lori P, Reviewer I've just finished this book and it kept my interest. I love learning about new things and this book was a good way to do that. My most favorite thing is I liked trying to figure out the whodunit. And it wasn't who I thought at first. Blew me away totally! You know, in a way I liked Amara. She was cool, calm and collected. I learned much from her. She had just the right amount of getting information without being too pushy. I think the author has done a great job with this book except for some of the dialogue like I said earlier. He drew me in right from the start and I could tell that he enjoyed writing this book for us. His research sounds like it was right on. For the most part I really enjoyed this book I thought the cover of this book was beautiful. I loved the design on it. My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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