In A House Of Lies by Ian Rankin

If you enjoy reading there are certain authors names you know, even if you've never read one of their books. Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Agatha Christie, to name a few. Ian Rankin is on that list too and until now I had never read one of his books. Given that he writes in the genre I'm aiming for I thought I'd better read one. In A House Of Lies was published in 2018, and is currently Ian Rankin's most recent published book - although he does have a new one on its way, available in October.

About In A House Of Lies


Everyone has something to hide
A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - is that his body was in an area that had already been searched.

Everyone has secrets
Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.

Nobody is innocent
Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

Loved In A House Of Lies. How does Rebus keep on getting better and better? Ian Rankin is a genius.

Lee Child

My thoughts on In A House Of Lies by Ian Rankin

So like I said, this is the first of Ian Rankin's books I've read and despite not knowing anything about them I had high expectations. All the reviews I've read say his books are amazing and the writing, brilliant. His characters are real and the storylines are gripping.

I don't know if I chose the wrong book, or if I just didn't like this particular storyline but when reading In A House Of Lies I was bored. Don't get me wrong, the writing is top notch. Descriptions were great, I could see the places in my head, but the storyline didn't grip me. I found myself avoiding reading.

Rebus is a character Ian Rankin has written about for years and he's grown older throughout the books, and in In A House Of Lies he's retired. Which would be fine, there are plenty of books that follow retired policemen, but I didn't warm to Rebus at all. There was nothing endearing about him.

There's no one like Ian Rankin for bringing us right into the world of detectives. In A House of Lies is a must-read.

Tana French

The other characters didn't appeal to me either. I felt like I didn't know their whole story - which could be because I was reading a book in the middle of a series - but even when I thought I spied a romance blossoming between two characters it seemed to disappear without much detail. 

I really wanted to like this book, I wanted to move onto other Ian Rankin books and fly through them. But I couldn't get there. Even the investigation into a death wasn't as interesting as I thought it could've been, there wasn't enough going on. All of this could be my own fault, and had I started with the first book maybe I'd have warmed to Rebus and other characters, but I do feel like a book should be able to stand on its own and for me this one didn't. I'm not sure I want to read another Rebus book, but if I do I'll read others for a while first.

If you're going to read an Ian Rankin book I'd suggest starting with his first - Knots & Crosses.

Have you ever read an Ian Rankin book?

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