All the Lies by S. T. Abby EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author Name: S.T. Abby
- Book Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller
- ISBN # B01MTZDCUN
- Edition Language: English
- Date of Publication: 2016-12-20
- File Format: PDF / EPUB
- PDF / EPUB File Size: 680 KB
To the living, we owe respect, but to the dead, we owe
only the truth.
“Marcus Evans…that boy was a handful when he was a
child, but such a sweetheart. And Victoria…she was always
his shadow. Wherever Marcus and Jacob went, she followed.
They let her. Just a year separated Victoria in age from the
boys. And Robert, well, he did all he could to make sure those
kids were loved. Jacob spent more time at his house than he
did his own, because Robert was made of a sort of strength
and compassion you can’t find just anywhere.”
Diana Barnes clears her throat, and I watch as she stands
to get a glass of water.
“You boys want anything to drink?”
“No ma’am,” we both say in unison.
Her chocolate skin is a stark contrast to her ivory dress
that hangs to her knees. She’s a regal, timeless sort of woman,
with haunted eyes. Haunted eyes like my Lana.
Only there’s a sense of guilt there as well, unlike Lana’s.
There’s a jaded harshness to the way she carries herself, as
though she’s forcing herself to make it through each day.
“You have kids?” she asks us as she returns, sitting down
with her water, drawing out the suspense.
“No, ma’am,” we both say again.
“I’ll bet you both enjoy being bachelors and thinking time
will never catch up with you.”
Donny shifts in his seat uncomfortably, but I just smile.
“I’m not married, but I’m not a bachelor.”
She studies me intently for a moment. “Victoria would
have liked you. She was mostly raised by her father after her
mother died when she was ten. She shared a house with two
men, so she was more comfortable making friends with boys
than girls. She was selective with her friends more than her
boyfriends. Not that anyone could have known.”
I inch forward. “Known what?”
“Nah. I’m getting ahead of myself. You need to know
first that Robert died in lockup the night he was convicted of
crimes he couldn’t commit. They threw every shoe and the
kitchen sink at him to make him the murderer, as though that
would somehow make the killings just disappear and everyone
could go on with their lives.”
She sips her water again, and I refrain from demanding
she get to the point.
“Robert was with his kids every night. My boy was even
over there a lot of those nights. Jacob Denver, of course, was
there most nights as well. Robert cooked, he cleaned, he cared
for his children, and he usually had others come over and hang
out as well. Such a good soul and a good home, people
couldn’t stay away. My boy’s daddy left when he was a tiny
little thing. Robert always talked to my boy as if he was his
own, and as a single working mother, I appreciated all the help
I could get. I returned the favor when I could.”
She pauses, swallowing down emotion that I didn’t detect
in her voice. Her eyes grow dimmer.
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