Thursday, November 17, 2016

Random Review . . . The Family That Lies by Lakisha Johnson & Laquisha Rucker

Lakisha Johnson and Laquisha Rucker
The Family That Lies
Suspense, Drama, Urban
Available Now!!
271 pages


Born only months apart, Merci and Grayce Alexander were as close as sisters could get. With a father who thought the world of them, life was good. Until one day everything changed.

While Grayce got love and attention, Merci got all the hell, forcing her to leave home. She never looks back, putting the past behind her until … her sister shows up over a decade later begging for help, bringing all of the forgotten past with her. Merci wasn't the least bit prepared for what was about to happen next.

Merci realizes, she’s been a part of something much bigger than she'd ever imagined. Yea, every family has their secrets, hidden truths and ties but Merci had no idea she’d been born into the family that lies.

**My Review**
**4 Stars**

I usually don’t read books laced with Christian undertones, but I must admit, I was thoroughly impressed by the story Lakisha & Laquisha told.

This book delved into a heart-wrenching tale of family secrets that have been submersed and preserved until they literally imploded. It shows well and true that what you do when you think no one is looking, will always catch up to you (the lies -so many lies- and secrets this family kept were ridiculous). It touched on issues such as abuse, infidelity, and deceit. It told how forgiveness was key in moving forward in life.

Merci and Grayce, daughters of a renowned pastor and born less than 18 months apart, grew distant after Merci grew tired of being the scapegoat for the woes of a family that didn’t seem to love her anymore. No matter her success in life, she just never seemed good enough. Her sister, Grayce was heralded as the “good sister” and their parents constantly compared them, regardless of the fact that it was completely unfounded. I can’t say too much without giving spoilers, but Grayce . . . WOW.  Do not judge a book by its cover! My heart went out to Merci, but I was so very proud of her inner strength.

While the book, did have the typical hypocrites, I liked that it was told through the eyes of the one being hypocritical instead of just pointing out what others were doing wrong. It showed the internal struggle the sisters faced and it showcased that forgiveness was key in addressing the issues that this family faced.

This book was XXX rated (and boy did they have some potty mouths)!!! That was unexpected, but quite enjoyable! I didn’t like that the prologue told me what was going to happen in the end, but I was happy they left the assailant’s identity out. Overall, it was a very good read and I’d recommend it to others.



“No mother dear I do not know where your precious Grayce is.” Why in the hell did I answer the freaking phone?
“Yes, I am still here but the answer is still the same I don’t know where she is and you asking again won’t change that!” I say raising my voice. 
I hear the alarm chirp and just when I am about to repeat myself again I see Grayce standing in the living room mouthing for me not to tell mother she’s here. 
Laughing I say, “Yes mother that was the alarm you heard.”
Rolling my eyes while wanting to hit my head against the wall; “If it was Grayce, don’t you think I would have told you? Hell, I wish it was so you can get off my phone.”
She yells that this conversation is useless. 
“You’re right but I do believe you called my phone ma’am. You can hang up at any time.”
After she swears, she says to have a good day. “I will and you have a great day as well.”
“Damn!” I yell putting my phone on the counter as I finish fixing my coffee.
I look up to see Grayce trying to exit stage left.
“No you don’t heifer! I’ve been on the phone with your mother for over 30 minutes and you think you’re going to just walk away.”
“Merci, I am not in the mood, ok?”
“And do you think I am in the mood to deal with the same question of where you are every time you don’t answer your freaking phone? You are a grown ass woman who is still afraid of her parents.”
“I am not afraid of them.”
“Then why not answer your phone? Or were you too busy getting your back tilted?”
“Merci don’t start. I was not out having sex. Unlike you, I am not a whore.”
“Are you sure about that oh sister of mine? What is it the bible says? Um, something like, before you talk about the speck in my eye; remove the one from yours.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Your shirt, saved one; it’s on inside out!”
“Merci, I …”
“Girl bye, your walk of shame is waiting.” But I’m the hoe.....right?

Meet the Ladies:

Lakisha Johnson and Laquisha Rucker are twin sisters from Memphis, TN. Lakisha has been writing for as long as she can remember and currently has ten titles penned to her name. Laquisha is a first time author who is enjoying the ride. Although they are twins, they each have their own lives and families but will be quick to tell you. “We are our sister’s keeper.”
Lakisha is an ordained preacher and Laquisha loves to sing yet they share a combined love for writing and meeting new people.
Lakisha has a Daily Devotional blog, which you can enjoy daily at or Facebook. Although this is the twins first of many books together, they hope people will share in their love or the gift.

Lakisha will tell you, “Writing didn’t find me, it’s was engraved in my spirit before I was even created."

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