A Triumph of Youthful Self-Reliance

What Lies WIthinJames Morris’s fine thriller, What Lies Within, conjures up suspicions that gnaw away at the reader’s psyche, which is exactly what a thriller is supposed to do.

By Monte Dutton
By Monte Dutton

Shelley Marano is an intelligent young woman from a working-class family, a high school senior getting ready for college.

As tends to be the case in a thriller, things are not as they seem. Someone is trying to kill Shelley. She is part of a network of strangely linked targets for murder. The conspiracy she gradually identifies is facilitated by powerful interests. She learns to trust no one save her long-suffering pal, Winston.

Her nemesis is a mysterious motorcyclist, an agent of evil sent out to exterminate the hapless victims.

Shelley’s desperation leads her to realize that she has been damned not by the accident of her birth but by the experiment of it. The experiment brings baggage with it. She must confront the possibility that she is expendable because living carries risks for society.

To the author’s great credit, he didn’t leave his hints to lie littered on the ground. He ties it all up. The litter gets recycled.

Several figures remained a bit too shadowy. I would have liked more insight into the bad guys.

I enjoyed getting to know Shelley, Winston, and the long-suffering lug of a dad, the kind who calls his little girl “Pumpkin.”


(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)
(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

              Here’s a link to Jim Morris’s What Lies Within: http://www.amazon.com/What-Lies-Within-James-Morris-ebook/dp/B00VF6T5C2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445525294&sr=1-1&keywords=what+lies+within+james+morris

              I would, of course, be delighted if you would consider my current “new release,” Crazy of Natural Causes: http://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Natural-Causes-Monte-Dutton-ebook/dp/B00YI8SWUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436215069&sr=1-1&keywords=Crazy+of+Natural+Causes


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