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House of Lies (DS Karen Hart #4) When two teenage girls vanish without a trace from an educational retreat at Chidlow House in Lincolnshire, the students and teachers are put on high alertCalled in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart questions everyone who came into contact with the two girls, Cressida and Natasha, in the days leading up to their disappearanceStories of Chidlow House being haunted abound, but Hart—still coming to terms with the suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragic loss of her own family—knows that while the house might be otherworldly, the crime is grimly realBut nothing is quite as it seems at Chidlow House When it becomes clear that someone at the estate must know than they’re letting on, Hart faces a race against time to find the culprit and save the girlsWhile there is no shortage of suspects, Hart comes up against one dead end after another And when she too begins hearing eerie whispers in the walls, she is forced to wonder: was she too quick to dismiss Chidlow’s supernatural reputation?

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  • House of Lies (DS Karen Hart #4)
  • D.S. Butler
  • 02 September 2019

About the Author: D.S. Butler

Author of the DS Mackinnon series Ex biochemist turned crime writer Huge Queen fan Loves to read crime fiction by Mark Billingham and Peter James.



10 thoughts on “House of Lies (DS Karen Hart #4)

  1. Tracy Tracy says:

    i so love this series always fast pace and addictive . Karen and morgan are told to go to Chidlow house two girls have gone missing .one comes back how this story folds is just brilliant you think you have worked out who it is but no . i hope next one Karen has some romance so recommend this series

  2. Sandra Sandra says:

    A study group being held in an old house owned by the Chidlow family when two of the female students go out one night and vanish.DS Karen Hart and the team are called in to investigate amid rumours of ghosts and strange happenings,things are never what they appear to be and Karen soon gets to the bottom of matters.I love to read books by DS Butler as i am always drawn into the story and i was looking forward to finding out how Karen Hart was coping after finding out in the last book about how her family had died.Well done EXCELLENT book 5*

  3. Graham Graham says:

    I struggled to start the book but it was a decent read. Story was OK but not as good as the others in the series in my opinion

  4. Elaine Tomasso Elaine Tomasso says:

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for an advance copy of House of Lies, the fourth novel to feature DS Karen Hart of the Lincolnshire Police.

    When two teenage girls disappear from an intensive study course at Chidlow House Karen and her boss, DI Scott Morrison, are asked to investigate. The house is creepy and supposedly haunted and Karen is sure she can hear voices whispering but that won’t stop her hunting for Natasha and Cressida, a task made more difficult by the secrets and lies everyone seems to harbour.

    I thoroughly enjoyed House of Lies which has an interesting plot and several twists and turns. It is told from the investigative point of view so the reader gets to guess along with Karen. I got a few of the lesser details correct but generally it was surprise after surprise as the secrets were uncovered. Mostly it works well with a gradual build up to the denouement but some parts, notably the attempted frame, were clunky and it was hard to believe that the savvy Karen would fall for it, especially after her success in rooting out the cause of the voices, that, I thought, was one of the stand out moments in the novel being clever, believable and amusing.

    I like the new Karen Hart. She is no longer obsessed with investigating the death of her husband and child, but is now concerned with gettIng justice. Fortunately this rumbles in the background, allowing her to unleash her attention and formidable investigative skills on her cases. I really liked the way she goes about her work with both feet planted firmly on the ground.

    House of Lies is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

  5. Victoria Torrez Victoria Torrez says:

    During an educational learning week for students, a teacher seemingly falls off the roof of the mysterious Chidlow House. A few days later, two female students vanish without a trace. DS Karen Hart is called in to investigate fairly quickly, as one of the students who last saw the two girls is the chief constable son. When one of the girls comes back in a traumatic state and without able to tell investigators what happened, DS Hart knows she has to race against time to find the second student before any more lives are lost.

    Thank you Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the eARC! While this book is part of the DS Karen Hart series, it can totally be read as a stand-alone. Though it might help to read the other books, as they mention a case throughout the book that was covered in the previous one. I was not aware that this was apart of a series, so I might go back and read the others to catch up!

    Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a pretty fast read and an enjoyable thriller. I felt like the plot was pretty predictable and I managed to guess who was the real perpetrator early on, but I still enjoyed going through the story! Now, there was one thing that bugged me and I know I am being nit-picky at this point, but I could not understand why DS Hart was super hard the kids because they smoked weed. It's 2020 and smoking weed doesn't mean that the student or students have anything to do with a disappearance. She just seemed super fixated on that and it bugged me! But, again, this is just me nit=picking!

    Overall rating: 3.5 stars

  6. Anita Gazilj Anita Gazilj says:

    During a week long study retreat at Chidlow House in Lincolnshire, one teacher falls from the roof in a suspected suicide or 'accident'. A few days later two teenage girls, Cressida and Natasha go missing. Detective Karen Hart and the rest of the team are called to investigate. There they are faced with rumours that the old house is haunted as people, including Karen, can hear the sounds of whispering and dripping water. When they start speaking to everyone at the house they soon realise that several people might be keeping secrets. While they race against time to find the missing girls, Karen learns that not everything is as it seems.

    Before I read this book, I had read the first book from this series Bring Them Home which I didn’t like so I was a bit reluctant to start this one. But... this one got me hooked from the first chapter! It really has everything that I love mystery, a creepy old house and a thrilling story that kept me guessing until the end! I suspected everyone at one point which is always a sign of a good thriller book. I took one star off just because at the times it could have been quicker.

    This book is part of a series, but it can be read on its own. Even though I would suggest reading all of them if you are interested in DS Karen's past and personal life as there is a bit of side story there. Overall, I would recommend this book, especially if you love British police dramas.

    Thanks NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for advanced copy.

  7. Diane Diane says:

    House of Lies by D.S. Butler is the latest DS Karen Hart Mystery. The story is set in a historic mansion called Chidlow House located in Lincolnshire. Some people believe the house is haunted due to the three wives who have died in the lake because of the misery in their lives.
    There are some teenage students staying at Chidlow House as they participate in some advance classes. One of their instructors dies in a fall from the rooftop balcony. Then two students, Cressida and Natasha go missing on a rainy evening after they slip away from the property. DS Hart has a house filled with suspects, strange whispering in the hall, and the sounds of dripping water. As the investigation starts no one wants to be questioned and the house owner acts as if he is above being included with the suspects.
    Cressida is found in a traumatic state but says she can not remember anything about the evening or what has happened to Natasha. I was surprised that DS Hart was not allowed to continue to question Cressida. It seemed as if the investigation went slowly, as far as achieving results. I won't post spoilers, but I do enjoy reading the DS Hart series. In House of Lies DS Hart continues to pursue the corruption of the department in regard to the death of her husband and child.
    Publication Date: September 29, 2020
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  8. Emma Emma says:

    During an educational retreat at Chidlow House in Lincolnshire, one of the teachers falls from a roof from an apparent suicide or accident. Then two of the teenagers on the course, Cressida and Natasha, go missing, and Detective Karen Hart and the rest of her team are called in to investigate. They hear numerous stories about the house being haunted and Karen starts to believe it might be true when she hears the sound of whispering and dripping water. The team speak to everyone at the estate and soon realise that several people may be hiding secrets. Karen and the rest of the team race against time to discover the truth and find the missing girls. Karen soon learns that everything may not be as it seems...

    An absolutely fantastic entry to the Detective Karen Hart series. The plot is thrilling and everyone is a suspect - I was kept guessing until the very end! A captivating page-turner which is can't recommend enough. I'm a fan of the series so I loved hearing from all the team again. Can't wait for the next in the series!

    Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the fantastic D. S. Butler for an advance copy of the book in return for my honest feedback.

  9. Barbara Schultz Barbara Schultz says:

    This is #4 the DS Karen Hart series. I had not read the first three so wasn’t sure how much I missed. However, I believe the story didn't wasn't a continuation from book #3, so it worked out fine for me!
    Story is described as a police drama and starts with a study session at Chidhow House (a historic mansion that is rumored to be haunted) when a teacher mysteriously falls from the roof ~ suicide or accident? Soon afterwards two young girls who were part of the study group go missing.
    Detective Karen hart and a team is sent to investigate. Soon Karen is hearing whispers and water dripping ~ Hmmm is this mansion really haunted?
    I actually like boarding school mysteries so this kept my attention. Not a pager turner but, of course, the tile title kept me curious. I liked it … didn’t love it … but will read another Butler ~ D.S. Hart story!

    Want to thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for this early release granted to me in exchange for an honest professional review. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
    Publishing Release Date scheduled for September 29, 2020

  10. Buzzy Buzzy says:

    Thank you to Net Galley and Amazon Publishing for an advanced copy of House of Lies by D S Butler in return for an honest review.

    House of Lies is the fourth book in the DS Karen Hart Series. Although you don't need to read the previous books to follow the main story, reading Book Three in the Series Don't Turn Back would be an advantage to understanding the backstory concerning police corruption that isentioned frequently throughout this book.

    The main story revolves around two teenage girls who go missing during a study week in an old house for public school students. DS Karen Hart and her boss DI Scott Morgan who are excellent character are back with their team to investigate.
    Unfortunately for me plot moved along slowly at first with quite a lot of repeatition which was annoying at times and the conclusion was predictable. Not my favourite in the series which I have enjoyed so far and would recommend it to fans of LJ Ross, Patricia Gibney and Angela Marsons . Despite this I am looking forward to Book 5

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